Trade deadline winners and losers
It's a funny trade deadline day when it's almost as much about who didn't get traded as who did. Padres continuing closer Heath Bell, who told the world there was a "99 percent chance'' he'd be traded (and frankly, all of us in the media nodded along), stayed in San Diego, only to see his bullpen colleague Mike Adams go to Texas in the very trade to Texas that was supposed to be for Bell. B.J. Upton stayed in Tampa Bay. And Wandy Rodriguez stayed in Houston. And Denard Span and Drew Storen stayed with the Twins and Nationals, respectively.
But of course, some big players did move, and some contenders did strengthen themselves. Here is a look at all the winners, and a few losers, of the trade deadline.