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As wonderful as the art of the baseball trade is, there is an unfortunate problem with them: over-analysis.

You see, there's a seemingly instinctive need for people (fans, bloggers, local beat writers, and the national media alike) to tear apart every trade down to it's viscera, pulling out every niggling detail until they declare a “winner” in the deal. Don't deny it: we've all done it at some time or another. Heck, I've been guilty of it on more than a few occasions.

Take the trade between the Mariners and Yankees a couple of weeks ago, for instance. Michael Pineda and...