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What it takes to make a trade

GM must negotiate with several parties before one transaction can take place

Updated: July 28, 2011, 2:28 PM ET
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com

Editor's note: This is a free piece from former GM Jim Bowden, who writes "The GM's Office" blog for Insider.

As the trade deadline nears, the pressure and excitement are mounting in front offices across baseball because the next six days are the last time teams can make deals without waivers until the offseason. It is also the only time of year that clubs can maximize trade leverage because of a time constraint. Based on my experience as a major league general manager, here's a rundown ...

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