Two very interesting articles on mlb.com. In the first, Josh Byrnes breaks down the real deal, talking about the general process involved in deals. Here's a good quote:
I think most teams take great care with their trades. There's a finality to it. There's a message to your players. There's a message to your fans. I'm not sure anyone tries to win trades, so to speak, but I think the deal really needs to make sense on a lot of levels or else most teams won't do it. There's a lot of care taken, consideration from all angles -- the here and now, the long-term value. There are some deals you make with an awareness that this deal will probably look better in a year than it does today, and some deals that will look worse in a year. So you analyze the impact of the deal as thoroughly as you can.There's also the information that we were talking to the Marlins about getting Paul Lo Duca in fall 2005 - presumably, before getting Johnny Estrada instead. The second piece discusses the Anatomy of a trade, in particular the one for Randy Johnson. The original plan, was a three-way trade with an AL team, with us trading relievers for a first-baseman, who'd then be spun on to the Yankees in return for Johnson. That didn't come through, but it's a fascinating insight into the work that's involved.