MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Analyzing Wants and Needs for Every Contender

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MLB Trade Deadline 2014: Analyzing Wants and Needs for Every Contender
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As MLB's non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaches, general managers of teams still in contention are sitting behind their desks with two lists in front of them: A list of what they want to do and a list of what they need to do.

With so many teams still believing that they are in contention for a playoff spot, the supply of available players is drastically lower than it has been in the past. It's a seller's market, to be sure, and the price of doing business has never been higher.

Yet moves are going to be made despite those high asking prices, and in some cases, we could see a contender overpay for a player that they want, reducing their ability to acquire the piece (or pieces) that they actually need.

So as we take a deeper look at the wants and needs of every contender, it's important for fans and general managers alike to take a deep breath and remember the lesson taught to us by those immortal lords of rock, The Rolling Stones: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need."

 

*For our purposes, "contenders" are being limited to teams that are within seven games of their division lead or those with a win-loss record no worse than one game below .500.

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