"Baseball is a business."
How many times have we heard that statement echoed across the game over the last two months or so? As trades of all shapes and sizes go down, players of all talent levels are forced to pack everything they own into a couple of travel bags, leave their friends and teammates behind and take on a new adventure.
While the process is easier for some, like Jarred Cosart, who was traded to the Houston Astros at the non-waiver trade deadline and now plays his home games in his home state, others, like Hunter Pence, who played the majority of his baseball in the state of Texas now has to play in front of the rowdy fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, may or may not be able to adjust enough to produce.
But that's just one factor. It just goes to show the number of intangibles that go into making a trade. While some fans like to think (or choose to believe), that making a trade is based off of numbers and statistics alone, it's the intangibles that often distinguish the move as a "win" or a "loss."
Now that the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline is almost a full month behind us and the August 31st waiver deadline looms in just a few days, we can take a look back and see which teams made the best moves. Taking a look at all aspects of the trade and using a simple grading system (as explained below), we'll attempt to see which teams took a step forward, and which took a step back, either in hopes of building for the future or bolstering their roster for a pennant race.
In order to grade each trade, we'll use a simple system of five letter grades.
A - Well above average trade.
B - Above average trade.
C - Average trade.
D - Below average trade.
F - Failed trade.
So without further a do, let's break down every trade made over the summer, and see just who came out on top.