MLBTR Originals

A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week, as yet another non-waiver trade deadline comes and goes:

  • Only four teams failed to make a trade before the deadline (Mets, Nationals, Padres, and Orioles). So, Ben Nicholson-Smith asked MLBTR readers which of those four teams should have made a move. Over 41% of you thought the Orioles needed to make a deal.
  • Tim Dierkes asked MLBTR readers who would be the biggest name changing teams on the final day of the trade deadline. Nearly 19% of you correctly predicted the Cubs would move Ryan Dempster. However, just under 17% of you erred in thinking Cliff Lee would be dealt by the Phillies.
  • Ben then asked MLBTR readers if Lee would be claimed on waivers. More than 60% correctly predicted he would.
  • Zach Links followed up by asking MLBTR readers if the Phillies should let Lee go on the waiver claim. Nearly 68% of you would let Lee wear the Dodger Blue. Ruben Amaro Jr., however, disagreed.
  • Ben listed the other trade candidates who weren't traded.
  • One of those players was Alfonso Soriano. Ben asked MLBTR readers whether the Cubs will move Soriano to another team this month. Almost 59% of you believe they will. 
  • Yes, trades can still be completed in August. Ben chronicled some of the more noteworthy deals from August of 2011.
  • How is a trade made after July 31st? MLBTR has this primer on the rules for August swaps.
  • Ben hosted the weekly live chat.
  • Ben gave a mid-season update on the converted relievers now starting and on baseball's new managers.
  • MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz provided his 2013 projected salaries for some arbitration eligible trade candidates.
  • Ben examined the possibility of the Twins non-tendering Alexi Casilla this offseason.
  • Mike Axisa gathered the best the baseball corner of the web had to offer in Baseball Blogs Weigh In. This week's edition featured posts on three of the biggest names traded before the deadline: Zack Greinke, Hunter Pence, and Shane Victorino.

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