Texas could trade Milton Bradley, but only if another team is willing to overlook his history and focus on his production. Baltimore could trade George Sherrill, but the Orioles seem happy with what they've finally started to build.
"I really don't want to be on the move again," Sherrill said. "We've got a great clubhouse, a great mix of guys. With (Brian) Roberts, (Adam) Jones and (Nick) Markakis, those are three guys you could build around."
Roberts, remember, was supposed to be traded this spring. And he wasn't, which serves as a reminder that trade talk often doesn't lead to trades.
OK, so what about the A's? GM Billy Beane will always make a deal. He's already dealt Harden to the Cubs.
Would he trade All-Star Justin Duchscherer? Of course he would. He'd trade anybody. But that doesn't mean he will.
"It's part of the business," Duchscherer said. "And every time we make a trade, we seem to bring in guys who help the team win."
But even if the 2008 All-Star Game isn't a showcase for July trades, it could be a showcase for potential free agents. Francisco Rodriguez, for example.
Rodriguez has 38 saves, but what he doesn't have is a recent contract offer from the Angels. He said Monday that the last one he received was in November, one that was reportedly for about $34 million for three years.
"They came in with an offer, and they thought it was great," Rodriguez said. "Me and my agent thought it was not enough."
Not that K-Rod seems too worried. Not that he should be worried, considering how well he has pitched.
"As long as you do the job, you're going to get what you deserve," he said.
Besides, with the Angels leading the American League West, Rodriguez doesn't have to worry that the lack of a new contract will get him traded.
Maybe none of the All-Stars have to worry about that. No 2007 All-Stars were traded by the end of the season (though Cabrera, Dan Haren and Jose Valverde were traded over the winter). In 2006, Carlos Lee was an All-Star who got traded (and Alfonso Soriano probably should have been one).
But for the most part, recent trade markets just haven't involved All-Stars.
The way it's looking, this year's won't, either.