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Yankees' deals all smoke and mirrors

Yanks underwhelmed and underscored a fault in the front-office thinking Thursday

Updated: August 1, 2014, 5:18 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- On a thunderclap-filled trade deadline day when their American League rivals, Boston and Tampa Bay, faced reality and gave up on this season with a series of bold moves, and the World Series-or-Bust Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers began a top this/take that! arms race that could decide the postseason, the Yankees wound up looking like a team that badly needs an infusion of fresh thinking, not just fresh talent, after their cap-gun moves.

The Yanks were neither big-game buyers ...

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