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The Talented Mr. Roto: Post-deadline pickups

Updated: August 1, 2008, 5:38 PM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

Real life needs a trade deadline.

Think about what happened this past week. Three future Hall-of-Famers (Manny Ramirez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ivan Rodriguez) were traded. Mark Teixeira and Jason Bay are elite players. And Arthur Rhodes is nice to his mother. Probably. In addition to the obvious reasons -- improving your team, getting rid of a problem, getting something for a player you're going to lose -- the reason teams made these deals at this time is that they were forced to ...

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