SPECULATOR: Trade deadline, part 1: the market for pitching

Every July in this space, we spend the weeks leading up to the MLB trade deadline speculating about what may transpire on July 31. Some years we have been right on the money with our reading of the market, in others we have been dreadfully off base. Above all, we think there's value (in an entertainment sense, as well as to our fantasy teams) in the thought exercise of "playing along" with the MLB GMs. After all, part of the reason we play our games is as a proxy for acting as a GM of our favorite team.

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