The 2013 MLB non-waiver trade deadline was among the quietest we've ever seen, but every deal completed prior to Wednesday afternoon still has the potential to influence the present and future playoff races.
It's evaluation time, as we'll grade the late-July trades from both the buyers' and sellers' perspectives.
For teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, the objective was obvious: to improve this year's roster without sacrificing significant young players. The grades for them and other contenders reflect how well they satisfied both parts of that statement.
Overpaying for veteran talent was understandable in some situations, this being a particularly thin market at most positions.
Those supplying the notable individuals, meanwhile, tried to do so in ways that returned low-risk/high-ceiling talent and didn't demoralize their fanbases.
Note that the transactions centered around Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Marmol, Scott Feldman and Matt Thornton were excluded from this article. They all took place prior to the All-Star break, so the teams involved didn't really operate under the pressure of the July 31 deadline.
Now, we recap and analyze the meaningful movement from the past couple weeks.