Ten August trade candidates

Updated: August 2, 2012, 1:56 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The rules have changed, on this first day in August, and the waiver process greatly impacts the volume of deals that will occur this month.

For example: Woe to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, who are at the mercy of Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers -- one of the most aggressive waiver-claim executives in baseball history -- because the Diamondbacks currently stand in front of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the waiver-claim pecking order. If the Giants and Dodgers suffer any significant injuries and look to deal for help, Towers can block them, like a great hockey goalie stoning shot attempts.

But teams have already started placing players on waivers, and the first August trade could happen in the next 48 hours. There will be deals this month, there will be players talked about, as they go through the waiver process.

Ten names to watch for possible trades this month:

1. Jed Lowrie, Houston Astros: He was having a good year when he got hurt, and when his name gets passed through waivers, some teams will take a serious look at him. Lowrie is making only $1.25 million, and the Astros have made it clear they'll trade everything, up to and including their last remaining Jimmy Wynn bobbleheads.