Visualization: The 2012 trade deadlineby Dan Lependorf
August 02, 2012
In the two weeks before this year's trade deadline on July 31st, 52 major league players were traded to a different team, totaling more than 25 WAR among them. Which teams got the biggest piece of the pie? Who sold off the most?
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The first column is a list of every team sorted by the amount of 2012 WAR they added at the deadline from major league players. The second, similarly, is the same list sorted by the 2012 WAR each team traded away. The third column is the difference between the two, representing the net amount of talent each team added or lost.
Each white line in between the first and second columns represents a trade package of major league players traveling to a team in the Buyers column, from a team in the Sellers column. Most trades are indicated by two lines—one for the player or players traveling one direction, and a second line for the players going the other way. But for example, the trade where the Cubs sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for two minor leaguers only nets one line—one for Dempster traveling from Chicago to Texas, but none in the other direction, since no major leaguers are going from Texas to Chicago.
The colored backgrounds for each team are mapped to the amount of WAR gained or lost. Pure green is +6 WAR, pure red is -6 WAR, and black is zero. For the purposes of this visualization, I counted every transaction that dates back to two weeks before the July 31st trade deadline.
References and Resources
All WAR figures from Fangraphs.
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