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Well, you don't care at that moment, but you might care about the next year. The Denard Spann for Alex Meyer trade, for instance, is one I wouldn't make inside the division if I thought I had a chance to compete in 2014. (I maybe be thinking that Meyer's arrival in MLB will be later than I should.) The Red Sox probably shouldn't trade anyone to Tampa who would be better in 2014 than whoever the Sox got back, even though trading away 2013 production for later production wouldn't be an awful idea for them generally.
1. I wouldn't make a trade unless I believed I was getting something more valuable than I was giving up.
And I just don't get this. The Red Sox should make the trades that most help the team
If you have two identical offers, and one is from within the division and the other is out, I can see choosing the one from outside if they're likely to be win-win situations.
But the destination of the players you are sending away helps determine what most helps the team.
This implies that you recognize at least some value in the idea, otherwise you wouldn't even use it as a tiebreaker.
Not to me it doesn't. I want the deal that improves my team on the field the most. I don't care what it's effect is on my rival. I think that thinking is counterproductive to the team's aims.
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