- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
The trade buzz has begun to pick up as we approach late May, and I foresee a handful of big names being traded before the July 31 trade deadline. In fact, I expect the flurry leading up to the deadline to be as exciting as the winter meetings were in terms of player movement.
Of course, a lot will change between now and then, depending on how many games out of the playoffs each team is at that point. Per the norm, most deals will be "buyers" trading with "sellers" and proven players traded for prospects or younger, unproven major leaguers. But I also believe there will be some need-for-need type of deals made that will be just as impactful
Jim Bowden lays out the 20 players most likely to be dealt by July 31, including a trade likeliness rating, interested teams and best fit for each guy.