I've always loved the trade deadline. If you enjoy the business side of the game, then the trade deadline is for you, with the winter meetings a close second. The amount of news that comes out that day is huge, and the amount of speculation and build up leading to that date is pure entertainment. Despite the fact that the MLB trade deadline is one of my favorite events in sports, there's one thing that has always confused me about the approach teams take. Around the trade deadline, you usually get contenders who "need" to make a move.
This has always been confusing. Why do contenders "need" to make moves? If the team is winning already, why do they need to add an upgrade? Upgrades can't hurt, and I don't think there's a team in the majors that can't use an upgrade somewhere. But...
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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.