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No big deals this year

Without any major moves and just a few minor ones, this year's trading deadline turned into a terribly anticlimactic event.

Originally Published: July 31, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

So who needs Manny Ramirez when you've got Ron Villone?

And Soriano, Schmoriano. Big whoop. Heck, Geoff Blum got traded.

“ We were all honoring Peter Gammons today. The whole industryshut down. ”

— Boston assistant GM Josh Byrnes

And then there were Matt Lawton and Kyle Farnsworth. On a July 31 that put the "dead" back in Deadline Day, we'll look back on them as having singlehandedly (OK, make that doublehandedly) saved the ESPN ...

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