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First Pitch: Giving Some Perspective to Trade Rumors

First Pitch: Giving Some Perspective to Trade Rumors

It's hard to imagine, but the MLB Trade Deadline is two weeks away. We're starting to get some actual rumors connecting teams to players. We're even getting the Pirates connected to players like Matt Garza, Alex Rios, Nate Schierholtz, and Kendrys Morales.

The rumors surrounding the trade deadline can be fun. It can be exciting to think about what players could be on the move, what prospects rebuilding teams could get, and so on. But it's important to keep perspective about the rumors. In a lot of cases, the trades that happen are the ones we don't hear about, while the rumors we hear are deals that never came to be.

No one was talking about Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates until it happened. (Photo by: David Hague)

Last year we heard about Justin Upton, Chase Headley, Shane Victorino, and Hunter Pence. We didn't hear about Wandy Rodriguez, Travis Snider, or Gaby Sanchez. In 2011 the talk was about guys like Carlos Beltran. There wasn't much talk about Derrek Lee or Ryan Ludwick...

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