This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Those reading of a certain age likely have fond memories of going to the department or record store to pick up the latest hit single, or "45", from their favorite artist. Eventually, after burning a groove in the A-side, we'd flip it over and play the B-side, a tune not expected to become a hit. Often, this was a better song, usually because the A-side was designed to be a commercial success while the B-side was something truer to the artist. Occasionally, a B-side became a hit.
Today, the B-side of the recent deadline deals will be examined. For every player traded, another takes his place. The player may not be a difference-maker, but especially in single league formats (see what I did there?), playing time is currency. As such, the deadline deals with the potential for the B-side to become a hit will be discussed.
With the report Jake Lamb is almost assuredly headed for season-ending surgery, Eduardo Escobar takes over at the hot corner. This means the current playing time distribution between Daniel Descalso, Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte remains intact.
Ender Inciarte owners may complain he's likely to lose playing time, but be realistic, you've already banked an outstanding return on your investment. The reason, of course, is Adam Duvall will probably occupy the small side of a platoon with Inciarte.