MLB Trade Deadline: 4 Teams That Gave Away Too Much

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MLB Trade Deadline: 4 Teams That Gave Away Too Much
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Zack Greinke's acquisition might prove too costly for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

At the MLB Trade Deadline, we learn how franchises view themselves.

Franchises in postseason contention try to trade for a “missing piece” that hopefully nets them a World Series championship.

Franchises not in postseason contention also try to trade for “missing pieces,” but these players will more likely net them benefits in the distant future.

A third group of franchises chooses not to trade anyone and feels satisfied enough with current rosters.

Ideally, both franchises involved in a trade will benefit. Sometimes, though, a trade benefits one franchise more than the other. It is difficult to "grade" trades immediately, though, because trades often require a few years before they can be fairly assessed.

Therefore, instead of giving out "grades" to "winners" and "losers" of marquee trades, we will discuss franchises that might have cost themselves too much while trading.

Let's take a look at four of these franchises.

As always, feel free to jot down your thoughts in the comments section below.

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