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Trade Deadline Winners & Losers

I realize this comes from the dreaded four-letter word network, but there are factual elements in Stark's assessment of the FO: Los Angeles Angels It's tough not to feel sorry for these players. The Angels have busted their tails to hang within two games of a more talented team (in Texas) that just went out and dealt for the two best relief pitchers who got traded. Meanwhile, the Angels' own bosses let this deadline pass without adding a bat, a middle reliever or a Mickey Mouse T-shirt. So in a way, their trade-free deadline dance has a chance to be every bit as deflating to this roster as the failure to sign Carl Crawford last winter. "You know, sometimes," said an official of one team, "if your team plays well like they have and you don't do something at the deadline, it can almost have an effect the other way, where you lose guys who have been playing their rear ends off trying to stay in it. I don't know if that's going to happen with this team. But it could.""

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