2012 deadline deals in retrospect

Last June, I wrote a piece reflecting on several non-waiver deadline deals made in July 2011. My rationale for looking back so far was simple. Most of these trades involve prospects who are years away from reaching the majors — assuming they ever do. Since I enjoyed picking away at those old trades last year, I thought I’d do it again and put several 2012 deadline deals under the microscope this time. There weren’t many sexy moves that year, but I chose a few that I found interesting. I hope…

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2011 deadline deals in retrospect

On August 12 of 1987, the Detroit Tigers were just one and one-half game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East division and were intent on improving their odds of catching Toronto. Back in those days, there was a heightened sense of urgency in finishing first place because there were only two divisions in each league and no wild card berths. With that in mind, the Tigers decided to make a deal to upgrade their starting pitching by acquiring veteran Doyle Alexander from the Atlanta Braves for…

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