Trade activity before Major League Baseball's trade deadline picked up last night with a league-wide, 30-team trade that addressed the needs of every team in baseball.
"I felt it was a definite win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win deal," said Boston general manager Ben Cherington. "I think everyone feels good with the players they got."
"I think we all went into it with a similar mindset," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "We all wanted to trade from depth and acquire where we had weakness. It just so happened that everything matched up and fell into place."
What initially started as a tentative three-team deal between the Dodgers, Blue Jays and Astros soon added more teams.
"I wanted a hitting prospect and the Dodgers and Blue Jays didn't really have one," said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. "So that's how the Cardinals got involved. And the Cardinals wanted a catcher, so that got Boston into it. And so on it went."
Las Vegas sports books now predict that the season standings will end exactly as they are now, with all 30 teams playing .500 baseball from here on out.
Baseball analysts paint the trade differently, however.
"Every team made out really well and got better," said one scout. "Except the Cubs. Somehow they got ripped off and are now decidedly worse."