The deadline from all angles
What a strange trade market it was.
We had thought that the Rangers wouldn't spend much money, but they wound up spending more cash than just about everybody else -- with a wink-wink and nod-nod from the commissioner's office, which understands that making Texas a more valued commodity probably would not be a bad thing with the team in bankruptcy court. So with help from Major League Baseball's credit card, the Rangers landed the only real difference-maker on the market, Cliff Lee, and three other pieces.
The Yankees didn't spend a lot, relative to what they've spent in the past. But if you had any money available before the trade deadline, you were going to clean up, like somebody walking into a flea market with $1,000 -- and the Yankees did clean up, adding Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns for about what Alex Rodriguez will earn in August.
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