MLB Trade Deadline: David Ortiz and the Best Players to Be Named Later

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MLB Trade Deadline: David Ortiz and the Best Players to Be Named Later
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With this year's hectic trade deadline finally over, it's time to play armchair GM and evaluate each team's trades. There's just one problem- many clubs still have no idea who they're receiving. Teams such as Colorado, St. Louis and Houston are still deciding on their players to be named later to complete earlier trades.

The player to be named later (from here on PTBNL) is typically used to delay a trade's final terms. Teams usually do this because either they are not sure what position they want to fill, or they haven't had enough time to evaluate the other team's talent. Teams agree on a list of five to ten players that the PTBNL will be chosen from. The players are typically minor leaguers because the player must change leagues.

Often very little comes from these players. Most are career minor leaguers, and the few who do make it to The Show usually last for only a season or two.

But every once in a while, that player can turn into a real contributor for his new ball club. Here are the top 15 PTBNL of the past 15 years.

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