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Quick Thoughts: Trade Deadline 2011

August 1, 2011

For a transactions junkie like myself, the MLB trading deadline (and the days leading up to it) is one of the more exciting times of the season. Teams in contention are vying to find that missing piece or strengthen a glaring weakness or two. Teams out of it are trying to unload veterans or big contracts in the hopes to acquire pieces for the team’s future. Rumors swirl, deals are discussed, and ultimately a few do get completed.

This year, there were a grand total of 26 trades completed either at the deadline or leading up to it (for the sake of argument I am including any deals completed since the All Star Break). These deals included blockbuster packages and minor trades that barely made headlines. However, over the next few posts we’re going to take a look at each and every one of them here at BFTB.

I’ll get more in depth within discussing each trade individually, but there are a few general observations that are worth mentioning right from the get go:

1. Houston Astros GM Ed Wade effectively just lost his job once the new ownership group officially takes over control of the team (which could potentially take place within the next two weeks). I understand the team is last in the Majors and trading one of your cornerstone pieces now could bring in an immense amount of talent that could help the team going forward. But, Wade traded two-thirds of his starting outfield for a vastly underwhelming package of prospects and only one player who could help the big league roster immediately.

2. I also completely understand that the St. Louis Cardinals just simply weren’t “getting along” with their center fielder, Colby Rasmus. I can even understand looking to deal him in the wake of their relationship having not improved over the past six months. But I can’t quite comprehend how the deal they made was the best option available to them.

3. Winners at the deadline clearly include the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners.

4. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Cincinnati Reds look like losers here.

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