Can we learn anything about this week's trade deadline by looking back at the past two? Absolutely. There were 58 trades completed combined in July 2007 and July 2008. These are the lessons to keep in mind as Friday, 4 p.m. ET nears:
And in 2009 they are quite active again as both buyers (checking in on
This deal was consummated four years to the day that Boston dealt another supposed icon,
The Red Sox don't seem positioned to deal any icons this time around. But they are big-game hunting just about everywhere, including in Toronto for Halladay, Cleveland for Lee and Martinez and San Diego for
And lo and behold, Halladay has 1 1/2 years until free agency. But if anything the Teixeira deal has scared organizations from giving up too many prospects in one trade. The downturn in the economy and the upswing in greater diligence on drug testing have placed the greatest value ever on young, inexpensive prospects.
Also, the Braves were in the unique position of having young players they liked better than the prospects they gave up. For example, they traded a catcher (Saltalamacchia), but had
Few teams have that kind of young depth. But the long-viewed front-runner for Halladay, the Phillies, potentially do, with high-end rotation prospects
Right now, the Rangers have one of the strongest farm systems in the sport, bolstered in large part by that July 2007 Teixeira deal. But Texas is strapped for cash. The Rangers have told teams that they would trade from their bountiful prospect base as long as teams pick up a lot of veteran salary. Texas badly wants to add Halladay. For now, though, Toronto is showing no desire to eat any money to trade arguably the best pitcher in baseball.