• Will *buyers* be more scarce this deadline?

    The addition of a second wild card has opened up the potential for more teams to consider themselves legitimate playoff contenders through the end of next month, making it somewhat less likely that as many teams will be looking to sell off useful parts for a return of potential future value in the form of prospects. Joel Sherman writes about this in his column this morning, but he also notes that the new CBA eliminated draft pick compensation for “rental” players, and wonders if that won’t make fewer teams willing to bid on players like Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels: