After getting pushed back a month to Aug. 31 a year ago, the Trade Deadline is back in its normal place on the calendar in 2021.
The deadline looms on July 30 at 4 p.m. ET, moved from July 31 so it doesn't land on a Saturday with a bunch of day games on the schedule. Since a 2019 rule change, players can't be traded via waivers afterward, so any deals have to be completed by next Friday afternoon.
Below, we've identified a tradeable prospect from each of the 30 teams. This is all highly speculative, and in most cases we've selected a talented Minor Leaguer in each organization who may be somewhat redundant. We do realize that last-place clubs such as the D-backs and Orioles probably aren't going to be dealing youngsters in the next week, but that doesn't stop us from projecting possibilities.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Jordan Groshans, SS/3B (No. 3/MLB No. 32)
At 48-44 and 4 1/2 games back of a Wild Card spot entering Thursday, Toronto is right on the line of making a Trade Deadline push. If the Blue Jays do decide to get aggressive ahead of July 30 -- and they should to take advantage of their young core -- Groshans could make sense as a trade piece. The 21-year-old plays short just like Bo Bichette and his current Double-A teammate Austin Martin but lacks the ceiling of either. (Orelvis Martinez also plays the six behind Groshans.) Overall, he still looks the part of a solid hitter in terms of both average and power, which gives him weight in a deal, and he could be the shortstop (or third baseman) of the future for a rebuilding club elsewhere.
Orioles: Jordan Westburg, SS/3B (No. 6)
The Orioles’ pick in Competitive Balance Round B just a year ago, Westburg has been having a very solid first full season with a .310/.414/.483 line across two levels of A ball while playing short and third. Baltimore is still rebuilding, so trading away prospects doesn’t make a ton of sense, but with prospects like Gunnar Henderson and Terrin Vavra, not to mention 2021 draftees like Connor Norby, there is some infield depth here.
Rays: Xavier Edwards, 2B (No. 4/MLB No. 66)
This would essentially make Edwards this year’s edition of Taylor Trammell -- a Top 100 prospect moved at the Deadline in the second trade of his career before leaving Double-A. The defending AL champs are neck-and-neck with the Red Sox in the East. They’ve had multiple middle-infield prospects make the Majors already this season in Wander Franco, Vidal Bruján and Taylor Walls. Even though he’s starting to play some third, Edwards -- a plus-plus runner who excels at being a slap switch-hitter -- has the deck stacked against him in cracking that group, and he might have more value in a system not already loaded up the middle. If Tampa Bay pulls off a blockbuster -- beyond the deal that brought Nelson Cruz to the Rays on Thursday -- Edwards would make some sense as the prospect headliner.
Red Sox: Brayan Bello, RHP (No. 18)
Bello's preseason ranking on our Red Sox Top 30 belies the fact that he has emerged as the organization's best healthy pitching prospect while logging a 3.00 ERA with a 76/16 K/BB ratio in 54 innings between High-A and Double-A. Signed for just $28,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, he has a mid-90s fastball and flashes a plus slider and changeup in the mid-80s.
Yankees: Luis Medina, RHP (No. 7)
Clubs that want to go all-in on ceiling will certainly be attracted to Medina, who can showcase a fastball that reaches 102 mph, a plus-plus hammer of a curveball and a well-above-average changeup. He has had trouble harnessing his high-octane stuff since signing for $280,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He has posted a 3.65 ERA, .192 opponent average and an 80/36 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A this year.