With the second half of the season upon us, and the trade deadline fast approaching, many GMs will be finalizing what their teams needs are for a playoff push. At the top of most GMs lists are relievers, and there are a few closers available who will be discussed in future trade talks. So, lets's discuss who they are:
Matt Capps-Capps is currently closing for the Pirates, and the Pirates are in a rebuiding phase. The Pirates will want a power arm in return.
Chad Qualls-Qualls is closing for the Diamondbacks and appears to be over his forearm problems. There is no reason to think the Diamondbacks should keep him as they are out of the wildcard race, and he could provide a nice return for GM Josh Byrnes, who has dealt closer Jose Valverde in the past. Plus, the Diamondbacks have future closer Daniel Schlereth waiting in AA.
Jose Valverde-Valverde could become available should the Astros fall out of the wildcard race at the end of July. His huge salary could diminish any possible return for GM Ed Wade.
Bobby Jenks-White Sox GM Ken Williams is not afraid to make a deal, but won't deal him unless he is overwhelmed, per SI.com's Jon Heyman.
Which teams need a closer? I think the Marlins should top that list with Matt Lindstrom on the DL. I am not sure what they are waiting for as they have the talent to challenge the Phillies for the NL East. They shouldn't wait too long as the Phillies are playing well now heading into the break and are rumored to be in on the Roy Halladay talks.
Other teams looking for bullpen help are the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, and Rockies. There are 2+ weeks left until the July 31st trade deadline, and the first to move should yield the highest return.