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"In a season in which it seems like every contender needs to add pitching, the value of any individual pitcher is diminished. There are no #1 starters in this market, and I would argue than there are no #2s, although Ray could be that. (Remember that over two months, variance swamps everything.) There’s certainly no starting pitcher for whom you could trade who you can picture on the mound in the ninth inning of a playoff game. Sellers are trying to convert their talent into high-end future value, but the usage patterns of the pitchers they’re selling won’t allow for that."