The Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline is now less than a month away, and the biggest unknown is what the long shot-but-not-out-of-it teams -- Texas, Anaheim, Seattle, Miami -- will end up doing.
Their approach to the deadline could add a little more depth to a trade market that is thin compared to last year's, when big names like Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Jose Berrios, Kyle Schwarber, Joey Gallo, Craig Kimbrel, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Starling Marte were traded.
Our list of 148 players who might be available from a month ago hasn't changed a whole lot. As Jeff Passan pointed out, the top pending free agents -- including Turner, Aaron Judge, Joe Musgrove, Jacob deGrom (if he opts out) and Carlos Correa (if he opts out) -- all play for contenders and aren't going anywhere.
Still, as always, there should still be plenty of wheeling and dealing.
So, let's take a look at all 30 teams and find one player each team might acquire or trade away with the 6 p.m. ET deadline approaching on Aug. 2.
New York Yankees: Acquire Royals' Andrew Benintendi
When you have a chance to break the single-season record for wins, you don't have a lot of holes -- and that's the case with the Yankees. They have spent most of the season leading the American League in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed, which would match the feat of the 1998 club that won 114 games.
Their recent five games against the Astros -- when the Yankees scored just 15 runs, were no-hit once and scored one run in two other games -- showed, however, that their offense isn't quite the lethal attack of that 1998 team. It relies way too much on Aaron Judge.
While Judge has done the work of two men, look at the rest of the outfield:
Joey Gallo is doing a poor man's impersonation of Joey Gallo.
Aaron Hicks entered Fourth of July weekend with six extra-base hits in 197 at-bats, ranking 200th out of 208 players with at least 200 plate appearances in isolated power (shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa was 208th).
Marwin Gonzalez is more of a backup.
And what if Judge gets hurt? The outfield options are slim. Best bets: Benintendi, Diamondbacks' David Peralta, Orioles' Anthony Santander, Reds' Tommy Pham.
Boston Red Sox: Acquire Pirates' Jose Quintana
The Red Sox looked dead after a 10-19 start that featured some especially inept baseball, but they got back in the wild-card race with a 20-6 record in June. Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill and Garrett Whitlock are all currently on the IL and the Sox have already said Whitlock will return as a reliever when he's back from his hip injury -- so it would seem starting pitching would be the focus. Chris Sale, however, does have one more rehab start before he's back, and James Paxton just threw a 32-pitch bullpen session, aiming for a return down the stretch.
I also wouldn't rule out first base, where Franchy Cordero is learning on the job (and not learning too adeptly) and prospect Triston Casas also has been injured so he is not likely to be called up soon. Let's give the Red Sox a starting pitcher to hedge against all those health issues going on.