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Baseball prospects stay put on deadline day, thanks to supply and demand
Baseball prospects stay put on deadline day, thanks to supply and demand

In the days leading up to last week's trade deadline, a new conventional wisdom floated throughout baseball. The hoarding of prospects had gone too far, or so the theory went, and savvy general managers would pounce on the chance to trade away even the most promising minor leaguers for veterans that could make a difference in this year's pennant race. The evidence for the theory: On July 5, the Oakland Athletics had traded shortstop Addison Russell, ranked as one of the top five prospects in all the minor leagues, in a package deal for pitcher Jeff Samardzija. As it turned out, it was just Billy Beane being Billy Beane. The maverick Oakland general manager traded his star...

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