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The Pirates have added left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez, despite already having a strong pitching staff. The Pirates are likely to try to use one of their talented, young pitchers to acquire a three-tool outfielder.
Under the new CBA, teams that trade for players in the final year of their contracts no longer receive Draft-pick compensation if they don't re-sign the so-called "rental player." And that makes them more reluctant to part with the top prospects that clubs dealing a veteran star usually demand.
Add it all up and, sure, you could say this has qualified as a busy swapping season. And the amazing thing is we still have five days to go before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. We are entering, then, what could be a wild weekend, as teams continue to jockey for position in the division and Wild Card races.
The Giants aren't looking for much as Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. San Francisco's primary needs remain depth in the bullpen and on the bench.
Nats manager Davey Johnson took note of all the club's front-office personnel around the visiting dugout at Miller Park on Thursday afternoon, five days before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Marlins' recent trades, including the deal that send franchise centerpiece Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, should be seen as a wake-up call to under-performing players rather than a fire sale.
While the Angels would like to be able to improve their struggling rotation before Tuesday's Trade Deadline, GM Jerry Dipoto's best options are probably already on the staff.
With the Trade Deadline looming on Tuesday, the Twins appear more likely than ever to be sellers after being swept by the White Sox in a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Ryan Dempster's next start for the Cubs would likely be Tuesday at Wrigley Field, with first pitch scheduled four hours after the Trade Deadline ends. Will he face the Pirates that night or be in another uniform?
With Ichiro Suzuki now moved on to New York in the wake of his surprising swap to the Yankees, the question looming for the Mariners is whether more deals lie ahead before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
With Tuesday's Trade Deadline looming, Braves GM Frank Wren is doing his best to add a front-line starter to what has been an inconsistent Atlanta rotation.
The Phillies have won four straight games in their final at bat, and eight of 11 overall, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. still is not sure about his plans for the Trade Deadline.
With the Trade Deadline looming, Boston's upcoming weekend series against the Yankees could determine general manager Ben Cherington's strategy.
Colby Lewis has pitched 506 innings for the Rangers since the start of the 2010 season, the most on the club. That's only beginning of what Texas will miss from Lewis now that he is lost for the season. That's also just the beginning of what the Rangers are looking for when they talk to other clubs about acquiring a starting pitcher that can be a "difference-maker" before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
It's now five days until baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline, and trade talk is the one topic that dominates the game these days. Clubs are finally gaining some clarity as to whether they're buyers or sellers, and it seems there's a significant move just about every day.
To grade the trade Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski made this week is premature. But in an environment made all the more costly and competitive by the second Wild Card slots, they acted swiftly to plug their holes and put themselves in a better competitive situation for an all-in season.
The Astros, who have pulled off four major trades in the month of July, are no longer actively seeking deals, but the ringer on general manager Jeff Luhnow's phone remains in the on position nevertheless.
The A's don't appear close to any deal at the moment, but they are looking for an infielder similar to the recently traded Hanley Ramirez.
Hanley Ramirez was in the lineup batting fifth and playing the hot corner in Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
With Cole Hamels signing a six-year extension on Wednesday, the Phillies have a lot of financial resources tied into their pitching rotation and must now consider dealing other pieces to ease the salary burden.
With Hanley Ramirez in the fold, the Dodgers are looking to add another bat and a starting pitcher, and Cubs veteran Ryan Dempster tops their hurler wishlist.