With the 2012 MLB trade deadline now passed, almost as much attention is given to the deals that weren't made as the ones that were. It's much like the selections for the All-Star game. In the immediate aftermath, we focus on which players were snubbed, rather than who made the team.
We saw quite a bit of activity leading up to the trade deadline this year. A surprising number of transactions took place late into the night, rewarding night owls and insomniacs who couldn't stay off Twitter and giving normal sleepers some exciting news to wake up to.
But after all the frenzy leading up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline settled down, it was time to collect all the paper off the floor, clean off the desks and look at what really happened.
Though some big names like Ryan Dempster, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence did get moved and could influence playoff races, there were several deals that surprisingly didn't happen.
A few of these missed transactions could be revisited over the next month leading up to the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, depending on which players clear waivers without being claimed. In the meantime, however, here are 10 deals we expected or hoped to see but couldn't quite make it to the finish line.