The Dodgers, Giants, Mets and Nationals have attempted to envision the impact Yoenis Cespedes would have on their lineup. The Yankees, Astros and Rangers have played the same game with Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Beltran.
The Astros, Rangers, Braves, Dodgers and Red Sox are among the teams with the prospects to tempt the White Sox to make a deal. The Dodgers have the young players to land Kinsler.
The Angels are shopping for a second baseman but may not have the pieces to get Kinsler. Likewise, the Giants and Martinez.
KEEP AN EYE ON … Yankees -- General manager Brian Cashman has arguably the deepest farm system in baseball, and while he has done a nice job constructing a great foundation, he's also looking for immediate help. He has the prospects to get Sale and the money to sign Encarnacion.
Nationals -- General manager Mike Rizzo and team ownership are thinking big. Having won the second-most regular-season games in the Majors the past five seasons, Washington is looking to get over the hump in October. The Nationals could end up making two big moves, say, for both a closer (Chapman) and a middle-of-the-order bat (Cespedes).
Giants -- The Giants have holes to fill and money to spend. History says they will make a splash this offseason. Cespedes would make sense. Likewise, Chapman or Jansen.
Rangers -- General manager Jon Daniels has a farm system deep enough to make a run at one of the White Sox starters or perhaps Oakland's Sonny Gray. Daniels is also seeking more offense, perhaps by making a run at Encarnacion.
Some of the more aggressive teams -- Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Nationals -- are reluctant to sign big-ticket free agents until there's a new labor agreement in place. And those deals are the ones that often lead to trades and the smaller signings.
Baseball's collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, and there probably won't be a lot of action until the players and owners sign off on a new one.
Commissioner Rob Manfred has steadfastly remained optimistic that a deal will get done. While the game has never been healthier, the two sides do have differences.
How they find some middle ground on discussions that include an international Draft, luxury-tax threshold and compensatory Draft picks is what the two sides are attempting to do in these final days.
In other words, it's about to become a really Hot Stove; that is, if players and owners put all these possibilities on ice.
Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.