The game of baseball can be a lot like a game of Russian Roulette at times.
More often than not, teams find themselves in unfavorable positions, especially at the trade deadline. General managers are forced into facing difficult decisions. Do they surrender the future (in prospects) to win now, or do they surrender the here and now to be better in the future?
Very rarely is baseball a game of clear-cut odds. In fact, that may be one of the few situations in life where the word "never" actually applies. There is always a risk in making a big trade, even if it seems favorable at the time.
So as we approach the trade deadline of yet another baseball season here in 2012, what better time is there to look back and learn from the past.
The 2012 Philadelphia Phillies are in a unique situation. Do you rally around the core of All-Stars already assembled, add more to it or subtract from it? That should become clear either way.
One thing you can expect the Phillies to do is make a move in some way, shape or form, and when they do, make sure you come back and compare it to the last 25 big, deadline deals they've made.