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08-01

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Overthinking It: Trade Deadline Takeaways
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Ben Lindbergh

08-01

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Skewed Left: The Last Time the Phillies Considered Selling
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Zachary Levine

07-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 10: Splash
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-25

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Future Shock: Teams That Could Have a Tough Time Trading
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Kevin Goldstein

03-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Defending Jeffrey
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Nate Silver

08-03

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Contractual Matters: The Trade Deadline Money Trail
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Jeff Euston

08-01

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What You Missed: Index to Complete Trade Deadline Coverage
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Stephani Bee

07-28

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: Deadline Chaos
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Joey Matschulat

07-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Trades that Made a Difference
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Steven Goldman

03-29

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Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL West
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Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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Contractual Matters: A Texas-sized Payroll Leap
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Jeff Euston

11-09

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So You Need: Catchers
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Marc Normandin

12-22

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The Real Curse
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Colin Wyers

12-08

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Ahead in the Count: Shifting in the Third-Base Market
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Matt Swartz

07-29

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On the Beat: Who's Still Shopping?
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John Perrotto

04-09

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The Biz Beat: Exploiting the Down Times
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Shawn Hoffman

10-03

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You Could Look It Up: Trades that Made a Difference
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Steven Goldman

07-29

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The Mill: 11:35 p.m. ET UPDATE
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Kevin Goldstein, John Perrotto and Will Carroll

07-17

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On the Beat: The Two-Week Watch
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John Perrotto

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

11-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: Defending Jeffrey
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Nate Silver

07-31

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Prospectus Today: Is That All There Is?
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Joe Sheehan

02-22

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The Imbalance Sheet: Curt Schilling Speaks
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Keith Law

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August 1, 2013 12:14 pm

Overthinking It: Trade Deadline Takeaways

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Ben Lindbergh

Don't call it a winners/losers column.

Well, that was underwhelming. According to Retrosheet transaction logs and MLBAM’s count of this year’s crop, there were fewer big-league trades made this July (19) than in any other season since 1996. Prior to this year, the average number of July trades per seasons the last round of expansion was 30.

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August 1, 2013 6:06 am

Skewed Left: The Last Time the Phillies Considered Selling

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Zachary Levine

Why weren't the Phillies sellers this season? We can find one explanation at the 2006 trade deadline.

And here I was ready to write an obituary for the Phillies dynasty.

It’s been more or less over for a while, and “dynasty” might be a little linguistically liberal for a team that won five consecutive division titles and the 2008 World Series. This group will always be the one that brought crowds in the 40,000s to Citizens Bank Park and gave the Phillies a place in their city’s sporting landscape to ensure financial security and then some in the looming television negotiations.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether the Orioles should be buyers and what teams mean when they dub a prospect "untouchable."

Effectively Wild Episode 10: "Splash"

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July 25, 2012 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Teams That Could Have a Tough Time Trading

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Kevin Goldstein

Some teams that could be buyers could have a harder time landing certain targets because of problems on the farm.

I was talking to a front office executive last week who was lamenting the disappointing season of a certain highly regarded prospect in the system. He's the kind of prospect who could have helped his team put together an attractive trade package, but not anymore. It's important to keep in mind that prospects serve two purposes for an organization. The first, obviously, is to produce at the big-league level for the parent team. The second, and equally important purpose at this time of year is to acquire big-league talent for a playoff run. With that in mind, here are some players whom their parent clubs wish were in a different place as they try to get deals done.

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Once upon a time, the Marlins were big sellers, not big buyers. Their reputation took years to recover from their last big sell-off, but are firesales sometimes justified?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

Nate tackled the question of when it makes sense to be a seller in the article reproduced below, which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on November 22, 2005.

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Assessing the cash that changed hands in deadline swaps.

Every trade deadline has its winners and losers in terms of wins and losses, some of which change categories between August 1 and the end of the season. But the deadline also provides another yardstick: cash.

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In case you missed analysis on any of the trade deadline deals, here are links to each piece.

The trade deadline has passed, but BP went into overdrive to provide you with up-to-date analysis of each team's moves. In case you were out of town or not glued to the site this weekend (in which case, shame on you), or haven't caught up on trades from last week, here are links to each trade write-up.  Subscribers can also see updated Depth Charts and PECOTA projections for all traded players.

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July 28, 2011 11:01 am

Divide and Conquer, AL West: Deadline Chaos

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Joey Matschulat

A look at what AL West teams may end up doing before Sunday's trade deadline.

Early Wednesday afternoon, the Angels' Ervin Santana nailed down only the 11th no-hitterin the last 93 years where the lack of hits was somehow accompanied by at least one run allowed. Shortly thereafter, the Mariners snapped their historic 17-game losing streak behind a stunning nine-run, 17-hit outburst from an anemic Seattle lineup and seven frames of one-run baseball from Felix Hernandez at Yankee Stadium. A few hours later, the Rangers dropped their second consecutive home game to the sub-.500 Twins and watched their first-place lead slip to a meager two games. A little while after that, the Athletics’ also-anemic offense pounded out 13 runs to seal a clean three-game home sweep of the Rays.

There's a huge part of me that wants to devote ample attention to each one of these stories, but it's late July, which means that the overriding storyline throughout baseball—and, of course, the AL West—is the non-waiver trade deadline. That, I think, deserves the preponderance of the attention this week as we look at two contenders who have every reason in the world to be buyers and two non-contenders that we would naturally assume to be aggressive sellers. As you'll see, however, sometimes our preconceived notions don't cleanly match up with the reality of baseball's trade market. Aside from gazing into each AL West ballclub's trade situation, I've also highlighted the career record of each currently employed general manager in the division, as well as the three most notable July trades that each has made over the last three seasons:

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As the Brewers aim to put themselves over the top with another deadline deal for pitching, take a look at some of history's most successful mid-season swaps.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

The Brewers are hoping for big things from Francisco Rodriguez, but a reliever isn't likely to crack this list of best-ever buyer's acquisitions, which originally ran as a "You Could Look it Up" column on October 3, 2008.


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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Future Shock: Prospect Preview: AL West

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Kevin Goldstein

Will the new King Fish still be at the top of the food chain at the end of the season?

Los Angeles Angels
How'd I do in 2010?: Last year's Angels Top 11 was one of the few to have outfielder Mike Trout listed as the top prospect, and he was the slight favorite (4-1) over catcher Hank Conger (5-1) and right-hander Jordan Walden (6-1), both of whom are in this year's Top 11. The only miss was infielder Jean Segura, who did not make the previous year's Top 15.


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January 3, 2011 9:00 am

Contractual Matters: A Texas-sized Payroll Leap

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Jeff Euston

The Rangers saw expansion in their payroll throughout 2010 with a little help from Bud Selig's office.

Four days before Christmas, the commissioner’s office quietly distributed final 2010 payroll figures for the 40-man rosters of all 30 clubs in Major League Baseball.

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November 9, 2010 8:00 am

So You Need: Catchers

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Marc Normandin

A look at the thin supply of backstops on the free-agent market.

Catcher is one of the thinnest positions in the major leagues, which goes for the free-agent market as well as the collection of backstops already under team control. That doesn't mean that a club looking to add one is totally out of luck, as there are a few names worth looking at for either their bats or their gloves. Still, the teams that don't move fast may find themselves bereft of a capable presence behind the plate; supplies are limited.

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