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The trade deadline is almost here.
The phones are ringing, and contending teams are making a push to add the finishing touches to their rosters for the stretch run of the season.
Several notable past deals have shaped trade deadlines and set the precedent for other moves, and the same is likely to be true this year.
With one week remaining until the actual deadline, things are about to get interesting.
On MLB Network, Joel Sherman of the New York Post joined Lauren Shehadi to talk about several past deals that have shaped the landscape of the trade deadline.
The #TradeDeadline is a week away, and @Joelsherman1 recaps some key trades made at the deadline in the past.#MLBCentral | @LaurenShehadi pic.twitter.com/TvL1te0haO
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Sherman first recalled the trade between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners in 1988 that sent Jay Buhner to Seattle, predicting that certain trades this year have a similar effect to that one.
Sherman pointed out that a lot of the time, the media tends to focus on just one side of the trade, and more often than not, the side that features a star player going to a new team rather than the return the other team is getting.
Another example he pointed out was Larry Andersen for Jeff Bagwell.
Bagwell was in the Boston Red Sox system, but Andersen at the time was the headline piece of the deal.
Sherman also recalled the 1987 trade between the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers, when Doyle Alexander was sent to Detroit.
The piece returning to the Braves in that deal was John Smoltz.
There will certainly be some interesting trades this deadline, and some that may be looked back on in a similar light.
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