We're only a week away from June so who figures to be sellers at the deadline?
The quick answer is that 10 or 11 teams are almost locks to sell at the deadline or prior to that. Others could join them based on how the next few weeks go.
Let's start with the AL East.
Reliever George Sherrill could be an attractive piece for clubs with bullpen needs. He has an ERA under three, closing experience and an affordable contract.
First baseman Aubrey Huff had a quiet 30-100 season in 2008 and is off to a solid start in 2009 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs. The New York Mets could be a candidate for a trade because of an injury at the position. The San Francisco Giants are also an option.
Third baseman Melvin Mora could be a temporary fix if the price was right for a team with injuries at the corner infield spots (see Chicago Cubs and New York Mets).
In the AL West Oakland and Seattle are possible sellers but I think the division is weak enough that the A's will climb back into the picture in the coming weeks so let's take a look at the Mariners.
Starting pitcher Erik Bedard has been outstanding from a health and performance standpoint this season but is in the final year of his contract. I don't see the Mariners resigning him and they need prospects desperately. The Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and White Sox should all be players for the left hander.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre's bat has taken the year off so far (.211 average) but he brings one of the best gloves in the game with him everyday. Beltre would be a great fit for a team like the White Sox or the Kansas City Royals.
In the NL East both the Florida Marlins and Washington Nationals are longshots to compete for a playoff spot.
Second baseman Dan Uggla had a magnificent start to his 2008 season that derailed after some miscues at the All-Star game and he hasn't recovered since. He's currently batting .200 but does have eight home runs and 30 RBIs. He could be a nice fit for the Cubs, White Sox or Milwaukee Brewers if his average becomes respectable.
Reliever Kiko Calero has an ERA under three and could pull in some low level prospects come the deadline as well.
First baseman Nick Johnson is one of the few people of value on the Nationals and his career year pace (.388 average) makes him an immediate possibility for anyone looking for a stop gap DH or first baseman.
More on this Wednesday.