Several other GMs have been noticeably quiet, but that won't last for long. Here are five GMs you can count on making a deal before Wednesday's deadline. For "buyers," I have listed possible trade targets, while I've listed trade pieces for deadline "sellers."
This year he’s been trying to acquire a bat and relief help while at the same time preparing to sell by listening to offers for Michael Young and Chase Utley.
Although the Phillies are in second place in the NL East, they are also seven games out of the wild card, and for that reason I think they will end up being sellers. Amaro is looking to follow the blueprint the Red Sox laid out last summer -- trading away some high-priced pieces over the summer and adding some moderately priced free agents in the offseason.
The one thing that could throw a wrench in those plans is manager Charlie Manuel, who is in the last year of his contract. He is almost certainly pushing Amaro to be a buyer and telling him that their seven-game deficit can be made up with one good winning streak.
Trade pieces: Michael Young, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz
Wren’s best trade deadline deal came two years ago, when he acquired Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros in a five-player deal. He has targeted bullpen arms at this year’s deadline after losing relievers Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters to Tommy John surgery.
Because O'Flaherty and Venters are lefties, Wren's preference is to acquire a southpaw. However, if he can’t land one, he’s also open to acquiring bullpen help from the right side, ideally a pitcher who can throw a changeup that would neutralize lefties. One thing’s for sure, he’ll get at least one arm by the deadline.
Dombrowski has never been shy about being aggressive at the trade deadline. Last year, he acquired Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante in a seven-player deal with the Marlins, and in 2011, he got Doug Fister from Seattle in a six-player trade. In 2010, he has able to fill his void at shortstop by acquiring Jhonny Peralta from the Indians. I would be shocked if he didn't extend his major-deadline-acquisition streak to four years.
It's no secret the Detroit needs some bullpen help, and Dombrowski is working hard to add a reliever or two.
Mozeliak made what might be the most surprising deadline deal in recent memory when he sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto in a 2011 blockbuster that landed him Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski. Many thought Mozeliak was crazy for trading the promising young outfielder, but the deal was instrumental in getting the Cardinals a World Series title.
Last year, Mozeliak made another effective -- albeit smaller -- deadline splash when he sent light-hitting third-base prospect Zack Cox to the Marlins for Edward Mujica, who became a lockdown setup man last year and an impact closer this year. The Cardinals are not close to any deal right now, but they have been aggressive in trying to chase down a veteran starter, shortstop and reliever.
Huntington has made a lot of deals at the past two deadlines, but all of them have been relatively minor, such as acquiring Gaby Sanchez last season and Ryan Ludwick the year before that. None of these deals was able to prevent the Bucs from collapsing down the stretch in either season.
This year, the Pirates have their best team since Jim Leyland was managing the team back in 1992, and they have a legitimate chance to win the division or, at the very least, a wild-card spot. The Pirates could use a right-field or first-base bat as well as more pitching depth. With the forearm injury to closer Jason Grilli, a reliever might just move up on the priority list, but I still think the bat should be their No. 1 priority.