Found August 03, 2012 on Full Spectrum Baseball:
In the aftermath of another busy trade deadline in MLB, I have seen a few national baseball writers call for the non-waiver trade deadline to be moved into August. Their primary rationale is the second wild card team, which thus far has achieved its desired goal: to keep more teams in the hunt for the postseason (or at least allow more teams to believe they have a shot, even temporarily). Indeed, eight AL teams are within six games of the wild-card, while five NL teams are within six games. That’s 19 teams with a reasonably realistic chance to play some October baseball – the best kind. With more teams in the hunt, you might logically conclude this situation would lend itself to more intense, frenzied trading activity. Bidding wars for players conducted by the bottom-feeder teams in an attempt to turn their fortunes around; smaller market teams going for broke by acquiring a stud player stuck on a bad team. Sadly, that conclusion is incorrect. The new collective bargaining agreemen...
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