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HBT’s Trade Deadline Wrapup

Jul 31, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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The non-waiver trade deadline hit at 4PM EDT today. It was pretty uneventful compared to years past, with lots of chatter but very few deals. Here’s what we had go down today before the non-waiver trade deadline:

Before today, we had the following in the two weeks leading up to the deadline:

Not the most active deadline in recent memory. There are reasons for this. The second wild card and greater overall parity in baseball puts more teams in the mindset of contenders, leading to a profound lack of teams selling off parts wholesale. The Cubs did it. The Astros. That’s pretty much it.

Also limiting trades: the lack of teams unloading players who are poised for free agency in cost-savings moves. Teams are locking up their talent earlier and earlier these days, meaning fewer cost-avoidance deals. Teams also have more money thanks to escalating TV contracts.  All of this makes for a much less liquid trading market than we’re used to seeing.

That doesn’t mean the deals are done, of course. Between now and the end of August teams can still complete trades of players who have cleared waivers. Trades of any kind which are completed before August 31 will allow the player in question to appear on a team’s postseason roster.

No matter how the trades come, however, keep a tab open with HBT at all times, as we’ll give you everything you need to know of the comings and goings of players along with our usual wall-to-wall baseball coverage.

  1. basedrum777 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    So nothing then….

  2. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Craig wrapped this one sounding like Laura Linney in The Truman Show.

  3. gothapotamus90210 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It’s like I got coal in my Christmas stocking.

  4. jayscarpa - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Not a good day for Yankees fans.

    • greymares - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      The Yankee fans got what they deserve, NOTHING

    • cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Would have been really helpful if the whole A-rod mess was settled. Not sure if that was part of the idea of dragging the punishment phase out until after today’s deadline or not. My gut reaction was that if anyone caused that though it was probably A-rods camp.

  5. clavette - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    i wish theyd make the deadline 2-4 weeks later in the season

  6. historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Whew, now I can go home and watch the Tigers beat the Gnats! Grrrrr!!!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Um, except for the 2nd and 4th innings, it was a very close game. Nats’ magic number now adjusts to… 2014.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        My phone was blowing up at work with scoring alerts. I wanted to watch though. Looks like V was pretty good today. He needed that.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        hist, I was going to watch but my TV told me not to bother. Fortunately here in Virginia, we have 2 “home” teams. Go Orioles! I’m actually kinda pulling for the Pirates to do well.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        I’m loving the Pirates ride too. Cutch!

        O’s are my second team. Glad to seem them doing well. Punks. lol

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        O’s do seem to be taking tonight off however. Yipes.
        As for the Pirates, I’m old enough to remember a youngish Willie Stargell hitting one OUT of Dodger Stadium, as in, over the pavilion. And Clemente throwing a guy out at home from, I think the Golden State Freeway.

    • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      i like a lady who can growl like a tigress /stares

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        /farts loudly and stomps off

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        its a little early to break the barrier but i’m totally down with that /holds nose and stares

      • historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        I can see you are going to wear me down. ‘Tis not a lovely fate.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        i gotta gas mask that smells like purple kush if it comes to that /stares thru watering eyes

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        i look at notes from so smart luke and i think now is time to offer you rohypnol-free coke /hands over roofed coke

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        ono now i think i got that wrong /scowls

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        like the water that wears the rock to sediment /stares

  7. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Trade Deadline Winners and Losers out of the contenders:

    Red Sox


    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      You forgot to add “the Fans” as losers in this one.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      The Yankees did get the best hitter that was traded in Soriano.

  8. thebadguyswon - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    They’re going to have to push the deadline back two weeks or we’re in for more deadlines like this one….boring as hell.

  9. nbjays - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    The Rasmus brothers have a chance to meet up a bit more often now, with Cory heading to the Halos.

  10. steelers88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I wouldn’t really say the Pirates are losers at the trade deadline they have this guy in triple A who plays RF (Andrew Lambo) he has 27 HR and 87 RBI so far this year I think he can help.

    • cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Yeah if he was in the NYY organization he might have been traded for someone old enough to be his grandpa.

  11. mungman69 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    The Phillies are headed sideways.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Their record says they’re borderline competitive and just an 8-10 game winning streak from being a contender for the post-season. Their run differential (-78 runs, better than only Miami and Houston) says they need to rebuild. Ruben Amaro doesn’t want to make the tough, fan base displeasing choice.

  12. jimw81 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    tv contract is the main reason phillies did nothing. they got a big bidding war btw comcast and fox sports when TV contract talks start.

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