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Is the July 31 trade deadline overrated?

Is the July 31 trade deadline overrated?

Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification.

There have been countless situations where that bargain paid off with a missing puzzle piece that helped a team get into the playoffs, but there are plenty of other instances where things didn’t work out so well.

The jury is still out on 2014, of course, but the early returns haven’t been so great for a couple teams that acquired front-line starting pitchers.

The Oakland Athletics, who already had one of the top...