Re-Grading the Impact Deals of MLB's 2013 July Trade Season

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Re-Grading the Impact Deals of MLB's 2013 July Trade Season
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The month of July is here, and with it comes the start of another MLB trade season, as contenders look to shore up their rosters for the stretch run and also-rans look to add young talent for the future.

Last year's trade deadline was relatively quiet compared to years past, but it still saw a handful of impact players on the move before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

A year later, we have a much clearer idea of who got the better end of each trade, so it's time to revisit each of those deals and regrade both sides.

Taking into account things like the progression of prospects included in each deal, whether or not the players acquired by contenders helped their teams reach the playoffs and who benefits most long-term from the deal, the grades for each trade were adjusted compared to last July's grades.

Keep in mind, guys like Alex Rios (CWS-TEX), Marlon Byrd (NYM-PIT), John Axford (MIL-STL), Justin Morneau (MIN-PIT) and Michael Young (PHI-LAD) were not traded until August, so their deals will not be included here.

 

*Note: Quotes and grades for the "What I Said Then" section taken from a live tracker I wrote last July.
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