During this period of the 2013 MLB season, when potential contenders explore all trade possibilities, recent player production is weighted heavily. Players who raise their value he highest before the July 31 deadline improve their chances of escaping losing environments.
When it comes to impending free agents like Matt Garza and Jesse Crain, the logic makes sense. The teams hoping to acquire them from the Windy City will only be making a half-season commitment. Doubts about durability, consistency and the influence of luck can be put on the back burner.
Pursuing players with longer contracts, on the other hand, is much more risky.
Though Andre Ethier and Cliff Lee have been riding hot streaks, who knows what they'll contribute later this decade as they exit their physical primes?
The common thread connecting the following players is that they're gradually becoming more desirable around the league.