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Sunday Baseball Notes

MLB trades may involve sticker shock

As the weekend began there were 18 teams (10 AL, eight NL) over .500, compared with 16 in 2011. There were 22 teams within seven games of a playoff spot (either division lead or wild card). At the same time last year, there were 17 teams within seven games of a playoff spot.

If you want to make a deal this year, you’d better get out in front because if you want a Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, or Francisco Liriano, there are likely 8-10 teams with which you’re competing. So be prepared to expose your farm system to a raid. And if you don’t want anyone to touch your top prospects, you probably won’t have what it takes to make a blockbuster deal.

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