As suspected, August was jam-packed with notable trades and claims involving veteran position players. Even a few tenured pitchers changed uniforms.
Both the non-contenders and acquiring teams now must be graded for their activity based on the actual and anticipated performance of these individuals down the stretch.
Not every deal is worth analyzing, of course. Well-traveled outfielder/pitcher Casper Wells isn't going to affect the pennant race, nor will Quintin Berry or John McDonald, the newest additions to the Boston Red Sox organization.
Rather, we'll focus on several of 2013's overachievers and others who have shown the ability to carry a lineup in recent years. The priority for competitive teams, obviously, was to obtain players capable of filling meaningful roles while surrendering as little talent as possible. The sellers simply coveted developing players with decent odds of reaching high ceilings.
Let's use what we know—or at least what we think we know—to reflect on these relocations.