Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 8/30/13
  Many teams with playoff aspirations have been busy wheeling and dealing as the waiver deadline fast approaches. Teams are rolling the dice taking chances on players having less then productive years optimistic a change of scenery will boost their play for their new mates. Here is a look at the waiver wire action that has resulted in deals thus far as the deadline looms. The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the frenzy when they acquired veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets for their playoff push. Byrd paid instant dividends dialling long distance in his first game as a Pirate. The Cleveland Indians then took a chance on rejuvenating the career of Jason Kubel acquiring the veteran outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Indians are hopeful Kubel’s return to the American League can kick start his 30 homer power potential from 2012. The Indians also signed veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach who will join his fourth team of the season. The St.Louis Cardinals then bolstered
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