Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 7/22/12
With less than 10 days remaining before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline passes few deals of any real significance have been made. There are a few factors contributing to the relative absence of activity so far. The newly created Wild Card in each league was intended to keep more clubs in contention longer, which has been the case, but because teams winning a Wild Card are only guaranteed a single play-in game few clubs want to sacrifice futures in deals for veterans to boost their odds of making the playoffs if that won’t even ensure them at least one home postseason contest. In addition the new CBA no longer provides for draft pick compensation for losing a free agent unless the player was on the club’s roster for the entire season. Teams adding a pending free agent mid-season are not allowed to collect draft pick compensation should they offer the player arbitration and lose him to another club. This means fewer teams are willing to pay a premium in prospect value for a “...
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