Five deadline deals we could see

The 2011 trade deadline has arrived and the 30 major league clubs now have just a few more hours remaining to make one final trade that won’t require trade waivers. It’s the last chance for contending teams to make trades without any risk of getting blocked by other organizations.

This has been one of the busiest trade deadlines of recent memory, as we’ve seen contending clubs acquire the likes of All-Stars like Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Beltran and Hunter Pence while clubs that are now committed to rebuilding have acquired potential future stars like Colby Rasmus, Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Zack Wheeler and Jarred Cosart.

The trading is not done, but here are five more deals that could be made today at the buzzer:

  1. The Minnesota Twins are expected to acquire Drew Storen, the young closer from the Washington Nationals, in a multiplayer deal in which the Nationals will acquire center fielder Denard Span. The deal might be expanded so that Stephen Lombardozzi and Roger Bernadina go to the Twins, while Tom Stuifbergen goes back to the Nationals. The Twins can then make Ben Revere their everyday center fielder and Storen can be their inexpensive closer for 2012 and beyond. The Nationals would finally have an answer to their long-term need in center field by acquiring Span.