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There are many different reasons for why teams trade their popular players. Sometimes it’s as simple as having too many good options for too few spots on the team, as was the case when the Phillies traded Jim Thome to make way for Ryan Howard in 2005. Sometimes a small-market team can’t afford to keep its star player, or a mediocre club swaps its biggest name for a package of prospects who could help them contend in the future—like when the Indians traded Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez at the Trade Deadline in 2009. Most of these fire sales aren’t taken lightly. Even if a player has been known to be on the trading block, the news of his departure is disheartening. Team officials are (or at least appear to be) sorry to see him go, and even fans who understand why the ...

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