Baseball's deadline for trades without waivers looms large at 4 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. The next few days are vital not only to major league teams looking to bolster their immediate playoff chances or build for the future, but also for fantasy owners; Players getting traded from one major league to the other will have a significant impact on American League-only or National League-only fantasy leagues. And players changing addresses will leave openings for youngsters to claim regular playing time, a development which can affect leagues of any size and depth.
Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, Houston Astros starter Bud Norris, Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young are five big leaguers who haven't been able to escape trade rumors this month. If they do change addresses, these are the minor leaguers who could benefit immediately: