MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Contenders Who Could Afford to Not Make a Trade

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MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Contenders Who Could Afford to Not Make a Trade
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Especially in this age of "smart spending," it seems like more and more MLB teams come out of the trade deadline having done a lot more talking than dealing.

We hear for weeks, sometimes months, leading up to July 31 about what each team needs in order to strengthen its roster. And sure, some moves end up being made, but often, the big names headlining the trade market remain right where they were on Opening Day.

(Just look at all the years Manny Ramirez wasn't traded from the Boston Red Sox.)

For fans, this often leaves a bitter taste in our mouths. Not only does a small part of us believe our teams let us down by standing pat, but we also feel as if we were duped into reading, watching and listening to endless rumors and debates surrounding the trades that didn't come to pass.  

Still, sometimes the best moves are the ones not made.

Here are the five contenders whose fans should be the least disappointed if their rosters look the same on Aug. 1.

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