MLB Trading Deadline: The Most Interesting Moves Under the Radar

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Tuesday’s Mega Trade Timing Juan Soto to Padres It was, for a neutral baseball observer, a blessing and a curse. The deal fell through (at least in principle, Eric Hosmer tried to delay it) early enough That we didn’t have to wait on pins and needles all day in anticipation of a solution. But the occurrence of the most important trade of the day (maybe ever?) before most other transactions are revealed casts a long shadow over the rest of what was an eventful day of spin and dealing.