Originally Posted by RedEye
I'm not sure we want to radically change the rules of player acquisitions just to encourage a better trade deadline. I know it is high drama and a lot of entertainment for folks like us, but July 31 isn't really supposed to be the point of the baseball season.
Encourage a better trade deadline, or also give small-market teams a way to mine value out of their assets.
Case in point -- in years past, the Reds could have acquired valuable prospects for loaning guys like Adam Dunn out at the deadline to teams in desperate need of a bat. Or, this year, the Reds could have parted with some lesser talent to take a guy to fill in LF until Ludwick gets back or for the stretch run if he never does.
Additionally, teams in the thick of a race could also loan guys out to teams mired in the basement to get them additional PT. A guy ready for a look at the majors when rosters expand could be loaned out to a non-contender in order to see daily ABs (where he would otherwise ride the pine with his parent club).
There's no way it would ever happen, but it's an interesting thing to think about.