Trade Deadlines

first_imgBaseball’s trade deadline is here. This means if your favorite team is not in competition for the playoffs, some of your high-priced players will be gone. Instead of re-signing them, the team trades them for cheaper minor leaguers or first-year players who have no bargaining power yet. If you are in contention, you buy or trade for them in the hope they can put you over the top. Unfortunately, some teams never get out of the giving up stage and some, like the Yankees, are always trading for more veterans. Players seem to have accepted this as just the normal way of doing business, because you seldom see any of them fighting the trade. The problem is that the practice is usually a one-way trip to the top for the receiving team, and a long stay as a non-contender for the other team. It has taken Pittsburgh 20+ years and they finally seem to be a contender; Kansas City is still trying. St. Louis just keeps on winning and most of the rest just stay the same. Some teams, like the Cubs, have so many “A” players that they won’t have to draft anyone for 10 years, and they still won’t have a Major League team, either. Only a few teams really trade to help both teams. Most just grab and give up players that they have already written off as non-Major Leaguers.last_img

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