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MLB Trade Deadline Brings Little Action As Teams With Wild Card Hopes Stand Pat
Published August 1, 2013
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INDICIATIVE OF CURRENT STATE OF MLB: In N.Y., Joel Sherman writes, "Everything you wanted to know about the major leagues in 2013 was revealed in how the market played out." Even smaller-market teams "have enough cash coming in now to lock up a core player or two," so fewer situations "arise where non-contenders have players getting too expensive in arbitration or heading to free agency, forcing dumps to get something in return before losing them for nothing or draft picks" (N.Y. POST, 8/1). In Buffalo, Mike Harrington writes GMs "need to push the deadline back, from July 31 to perhaps Aug. 15, because of last year's addition of the second wild-card." Only eight teams entered today "as many as 10 games out of that final playoff slot." With 55-60 games games to play "for basically everyone, there were simply too many teams not willing to sell" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/1). S.F. Chronicle columnist John Shea said MLB should "push it back a couple of weeks, because there are a lot of teams that just don't know if they're going to contend." Shea: "It was really a dead trade deadline. There should have been more action" ("Yahoo Sports Time Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 7/31).
ALL EYES ON ME: MLB Network's Peter Gammons said the trade deadline is "almost like a holiday." Gammons: "People kind of get used to it, 'Okay, what's going to happen, what's going to happen.' Players talk about it incessantly. It is fun. It's another sort of promotion. ... It's a great day for the game for people to be focused on what's going to go on" ("MLB Tonight: Trade Deadline," MLB Network, 7/31).