A loaded trade market of relievers

Updated: June 9, 2011, 1:22 PM ET
By Buster Olney

NEW YORK -- With a spandex sleeve covering his right elbow and forearm, Joba Chamberlain spoke hopefully about his flexor tendon tear, saying that it didn't hurt him while he pitched and that he doesn't think the injury is serious. But it is, in all likelihood, and now even the Yankees -- a team that started this year with what looked to be a deep and powerful bullpen -- could be looking for bullpen Band-Aids in the trade market.

The good thing for the Rangers and the Cardinals and the Yankees and all the other teams looking for relief help is that there probably will be bullpen help available -- immediately.

There are no great teams in the majors right now, which means most general managers would still rather think of themselves as potential buyers than as sellers. But even with very few teams falling out of contention, there does appear to be a solid group of relievers that could get moved:

Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics -- The 33-year-old right-hander is having a decent season, with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He's under contract for this season and next, for $3.75 million this year and $4 million next year.