I've done a lot of the trade values articles, not only looking at the value of guys the Pittsburgh Pirates have, but also looking at guys the Pirates could acquire.  There is one common question that gets asked in regards to the values that are presented: how does that change when other teams enter the mix?  Usually that's people looking for a bigger return on the players on the Pirates' roster.  The thought is that you might get a team to overpay out of desperation.  Sometimes that's the idea that a player might cost the Pirates more if other teams are interested.

The values are always designed to reflect the standard market price.  As with any market, supply and demand can definitely play a role.  As an example, let's take a look at a fictional market for first basemen, using Carlos P...

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