Living in Phillies territory these last couple of years(2007-2011) has been exciting each July 31rst. That date is MLB's trade deadline and most contending teams are shopping for upgrades right to the midnite hour ! This year's top trade prospect now appears to be Carlos Beltran of the Mets who is having an allstar year. Several teams(including the Fightins) are in the running for Beltran. Other missing pieces teams are looking for includes pitching, both starting and relief ! The Padres Heath Bell is the reliever who could close for most teams.
Each team in the league must take a sober look at it's team's chances and decide to fold and liquidate valuable players whose contracts are expiring or upgrade and go for it . A number of teams have done really well in recent years in dumping vet players for several minor league prospects ! I'm sure Cliff Lee is resting easier this season as he has been traded the past two years in a row in July ! *L*