A two-month window isn't much time to put a trade in perspective and slap a letter grade on it. But when a pennant race could hinge on every pitch and every plate appearance, it's all the time we have available.
Back in July, when hope sprang eternal, general managers throughout baseball were monitoring scouting reports, making phone calls and obsessing about ways to help their teams down the stretch. The trade activity continued into August, as players made their way through waivers.
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