It was done. They'd seen it this year, with Ketel Marte -- who came to Arizona in a trade -- growing into a star. Their juggernaut shows little sign of abating, either. Martinez, the room reveled. The July 31 MLB trade deadline has officially passed. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. The couple met while attending Apopka High School.

Is the deal confirmed? Thinking that way can be soul-sucking, numbing, but in a baseball world where spontaneity has been replaced by indifference, the adapt-or-die adage applies. It's delicate.

Only 20 minutes earlier had the Astros and Diamondbacks even agreed to the parameters of the trade, and that took the sort of back-and-forth that has wrecked countless deals before. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. Use of any marks, trademarks, or logos on this website shall not constitute a sponsorship or endorsement by the trademark holder. Ideas are just ideas -- until they aren't. It was a very Astros sort of day. In an era when prospects simply don't get traded, the Diamondbacks dealt a toolsy shortstop.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the class of the National League, made a couple of cosmetic upgrades. It compelled the Astros to ask internally: What about Greinke? That's the splendor of the trade deadline. Around this time of year, baseball executives sequester themselves in conference rooms for a week or two leading up to the deadline. No matter their deep fondness for Greinke, he was still a means to an end. Greinke’s decision looked especially wise Tuesday, when David Price agreed to a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Boston Red Sox. Do your damn job.

Divorcing emotion entirely from trades is a hard-to-reach goal.

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And the Diamondbacks were so focused on shipping Greinke to them, Robbie Ray probably was staying put, too. The Zack Greinke trade was a notion that evolved into a possibility that cooled into an unlikelihood that reanimated into an opportunity that shook the foundation of baseball. The Mets were suddenly the clearinghouse for pitching, with Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler available, and it changed the way both buyers and sellers behaved.

There's the World Series to win for the Astros, so they up their offer.

For two years, he has refused to trade his best prospects -- outfielder Kyle Tucker and pitcher Forrest Whitley -- and in those two years, he has still managed to make deals for Verlander and Cole.

Eddie Matz ». Just two years ago, in Hazen, Porter and Sawdaye's first season running the Diamondbacks, they got off to a surprising 53-34 start and did what they think winning, flawed teams should: buy. They got a lottery ticket in Sanchez, an incredible arm on whom they hope to sprinkle their pitching pixie dust like they did with Verlander, Cole and countless others. This was their nod to the team that has competed all season long, staying around .500.

The Greinke deal suffered no such fate.

Every trade is different, of course. It wasn't an easy day, but it was unquestionably a fulfilling one.

Three days before the deadline, the New York Mets acquired right-hander Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of pitching prospects. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! What Luhnow offered for Greinke initially wasn't enough to satisfy Arizona. (1:29). From beards to bunnies to Airbnb, the behind-the-scenes stories of how trade deadline swaps affect players, their families and others -- both on and off the field. It was a long shot. Even if they traded Greinke and in doing so prioritized the future, they weren't abandoning the present. The deal took more than two months, from its initial conversations to the final agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals. Is this the path we want to take? It's why the Diamondbacks listened when Luhnow asked to talk Greinke -- and kept listening as he upped his offers.

These Astros needed only another starting pitcher to complement Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, and they were interested in Stroman and Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner. At that point, the clock was beginning to become an enemy.

While they were open to anything, the Diamondbacks didn't shop Greinke in the days leading up to the deadline. Because there's the job to do.

They'd done it. Back on December 10, 2012, Zack Greinke signed a six-year contract with the Dodgers worth $147 million, which at the time was the largest contract ever for … When they completed a deal for J.D.

It dawned on the Astros: No one else was doing anything. Beer ranked No. Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow reached out to his counterpart with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mike Hazen.

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