There is just six weeks before the Major League Baseball trade deadline. At this point in the season, one can assume what clubs will be buyers or sellers. With the recent struggles of some teams, and the talks going around the league, there is a good possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago Cubs could all be potential sellers at the break.
Tampa Bay ace David Price is currently one of the more talked about names on the rumor mill. It is unlikely that Price would be traded within the division, meaning the Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays can be crossed off of the list for potential landing spots. The trading of Price at all may be unlikely, though anything is possible. It was questioned whether or not Price would be in a Rays uniform at the end of last season, and even this season, but here he is, still wearing the Tampa Bay uniform. The Rays may choose to try and deal other valuable players such as Ben Zobrist, Jeremy Hellickson, and David DeJesus. Obviously, Price remains the biggest name for the Rays, but it is uncertain whether they will part ways with their ace.
The Phillies have seemingly been viewed as sellers for the past few seasons, but have not really dealt anyone. Could this be the year that Philadelphia parts ways with one of their long-time major superstars? The Phillies have a plethora of big names that they could trade away for basically anything they desire. Most notably, Jimmy Rollins may be a name that could be brought up by the deadline. Rollins recently passed Mike Schmidt for the most hits all-time by any Phillies player in history. Now that he has that record, would Rollins be willing to accept being traded? Rollins is having a bounceback year at the age of 35, and can veto any deal, so his status is up in the air. Philadelphia can also look to trade other veteran players with a ton of value such as Cliff Lee, Chase Utley, and Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies may have more pieces to be potential huge sellers by the trade deadline.
Last, but not least, the Chicago Cubs, and the most popular name surrounding a possible trade this season would be Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs do not necessarily have a lot of players to trade away for much value, but Samardzija is their one big exception. It is very likely that the Cubs ace will be dealt sometime in late July to a team that is looking to make a deep postseason run. Samardzija seems like a popular candidate for teams because he will only make half as much money as Price over the next season. One team in particular that may look to acquire Samardzija by the trade deadline will be the Orioles.
There is a possibility for some huge changes by this year's trade deadline. It will be interesting to see what teams, buyers or sellers, will play a role in shaping the way the 2014 season will end up.