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MLB trade deadline passes quietly

The Boston Red Sox got Jake Peavy late Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Baltimore Orioles snagged Bud Norris, while the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres. And that was about it for a quiet deadline that saw few impact players move, despite several teams seemingly needing improvement. Of course, there's no guarantee a midseason acquisition will make a difference, while top prospects can change franchises -- or at least provide years worth of value.

Which of these teams will most regret not making a(nother) move at the trade deadline?

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    23%
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  • How many impact players will be moved through post-deadline waiver trades?

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      24%
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      44%
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      32%

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  • Which best reflects how you feel about the MLB trade deadline?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • Will the Orioles (59-48, 5 GB AL East, .5 G up for second wild-card spot) make the playoffs?

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      68%
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      32%

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  • What do you make of Ian Kennedy's (3-8, 5.23 ERA) struggles this season?

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      38%
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      62%

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Deals at the MLB trade deadline?

The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching, and teams are looking to find good deals in a thin market. Jake Peavy has gone to Boston, but he might not be the only one on the move; Cliff Lee, too is on the market. The rest of the field lacks big names, but given how tight some playoff races are this year, it may not take acquiring a Hall of Fame talent to make a difference.

Will the Phillies trade Cliff Lee before the trade deadline?

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    40%
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    60%

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  • Will the Diamondbacks trade Ian Kennedy before the trade deadline?

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      39%
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      61%

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  • Which outfielder would you most want your team to trade for?

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      55%
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      28%
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      8%

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  • Which infielder would you most want your team to trade for?

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      34%
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      22%
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      29%

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  • How many impact players wll be traded on MLB's trade deadline day?

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      37%
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MLB bans eight for brawl

Major League Baseball has come to a decision -- handing out eight suspensions and 12 fines to players and coaches involved in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers brawl this week. Ian Kennedy, who caused the bench-clearing scuffle by hitting two batters, was given the harshest punishment of a 10-game suspension. Managers Don Mattingly (Dodgers) and Kirk Gibson (Diamondbacks) will each sit out one game. Were the suspensions fair?

  • What do you make of Ian Kennedy's 10-game suspension for his role in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers bawl?

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  • What do you make of Eric Hinske's five-game suspension for his role in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers bawl?

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      16%

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  • Should managers Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson have been given more than a one-game suspension?

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      41%
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      11%
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      38%

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  • Should Zack Greinke have been punished?

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      49%
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      51%

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  • Which team was more at fault in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl?

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      31%
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      69%

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  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said the feud between his team and the Diamondbacks isn't over. Will the teams fight again at any point in their remaining 10 games this season?

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      81%
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      19%

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl

Baseball fights are odd -- people rarely get hurt, very few punches actually connect and the whole thing generally lacks closure. The Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl was no exception, especially since it happened after three batters were hit, one of whom was hit in the nose. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario has vowed that the feud between the two teams isn't over, and there are 10 more contests between the two this season. They'll have to work out their differences soon, as MLB plans on making them the first teams to play regular-season games in Australia next year.

  • Should Ian Kennedy be suspended for hitting Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke?

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      16%

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  • Which team was more at fault in the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl?

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      44%
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      41%

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  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said the feud between his team and the Diamondbacks isn't over. Will the teams fight again at any point in their remaining 10 games this season?

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      81%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 35,595)

  • What do you make of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opening the 2014 season with a two-game series in Australia?

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      46%
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      54%

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Among the pitchers selected ahead of Ian Kennedy in an average live draft in ESPN Fantasy Baseball? How about Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.63 ERA), Ricky Nolasco (10-11, 4.46 ERA) and Brett Myers (6-13, 4.39 ERA)? Among the NL starters who beat Kennedy to 20 wins? That would be nobody. Kennedy's gem in a 1-0 win against the Pirates makes him the first to 20 wins, but does it make him the Cy Young favorite? Vote: MVP and Cy Young picks?


Ian Kennedy or Justin Upton?

Kennedy struck out 12 in eight shutout innings, but Monday's game might still be going if Justin Upton hadn't homered for the game's lone run.

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