I ask because with that second WC spot up for grabs it intuitively makes sense to think that less teams will be sellers, even if hovering around the .500 mark mid-July, because they may have a chance to catch fire and claim that second spot. With the A's likely not to be contending for any playoff berth this year what is the opinion on return value in a trade?
Does the new Wild Card Format benefit the sellers at the deadline? My guess is yes.
NL Playoff Predictions: Washington, St. Louis, Los Angeles and two more of Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and the Mets. Does Balfour/Crisp/Gomes/Smith fetch more with one more suitor. Does Fuentes get us TWO bags of balls that are only good until the 8th inning? My guess is yes, selling teams do get a slightly better return if/when they move a valuable commodity. Maybe instead of one C prospect you get 2, or a C+ instead of a C. Thoughts on the topic and also what players, when the A's move them, and when you would move them if you were in charge?