The 162-game odyssey begins in just a few days, and after Opening Day, one of the biggest days on the MLB calendar is the non-waiver Trade Deadline. For general managers, it's never too early to start identifying trade targets; here are 15 players you will be hearing about in trade rumors this summer.
Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies
He's the biggest name among a few Phillies who will be on the block. Closer Jonathan Papelbon will also be discussed, and perhaps second baseman Chase Utley will be as well. First baseman Ryan Howard could even get moved if he can show the ability to crush right-handers again, but Philly would need to eat a lot of what's left of the $60 million Howard is owed over the next two years.
Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.