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The deals that almost went down

Plenty of trades were made before the Saturday deadline -- but here's the inside scoop on what almost happened.

Updated: August 3, 2004, 11:56 AM ET
By Graham Hays | Page 2

Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed with a flurry of activity on Saturday afternoon. By the time the buzzer sounded in the time-share bunker commissioner Bud Selig splits with Dick Cheney at an undisclosed location, Nomar Garciaparra, Jose Contreras, Steve Finley and Brad Penny were among the major names in need of packing labels.

But the deals that went down before the deadline were only part of the story. Thanks to our impressive network of spies, informants and wiretaps, ...

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