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Rangers' farm system 'pays dividends'

Updated: July 10, 2010, 3:06 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Three years of being the seller allowed the Rangers to turn into buyers. And they were big buyers on Friday, trading for the largest piece of baseball real estate on the trade deadline market.

They had a farm system, built on numerous trades highlighted by the Mark Teixeira bonanza in 2007, that was stocked enough to make a deal for front-line starter Cliff Lee without emptying the prospect pantry. Texas did it despite talk of ownership auctions and under an extremely ...

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