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Winners, Losers and Head Scratchers of the Trade Deadline: Part 1 Winners


Atlanta Braves- The Braves found a really good fit in Michael Bourn who will slide into the leadoff spot for Atlanta. The other kicker here is that the Braves didn’t surrender any of their top pitching prospects in Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino, Randall Delgado  or Mike Minor.
St. Louis Cardinals- The Cardinals turned a disgruntled Colby Rasmus, two short contracts in Brian Tallet and Trever Miller nand PJ Walters into Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, Marc Rzepzynski and Corey Patterson. Only Rzepzynski is likely to be with the team next year, but the Cardinals will likely get a draft pick or two out of Jackson and possibly another out of Dotel.
Detroit Tigers- The Tigers picked up one of the most underrated players on the market in starter Doug Fister who will provide them with a quality innings eater with a low ERA in the fourth spot in their rotation behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. He could also be even better than just an innings eater, because he had a 3.33 ERA in Seattle but was 3-12. Think about the numbers.  He’s gonna put up with the Tigers. David Pauley is also going to Motown in this trade. He gives them a dominant back end of the bullpen with Al Alburquerque and Jose Valverde. Detroit also got Wilson Betemit in a previous trade. He should help them at third.
Baltimore Orioles- They O’s might not have been contending, but they got a great return for Koji Uehara in Major League players Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter. If Hunter can stay healthy he gives Baltimore a dependable starting pitcher who has the experience of wining double-digit games in a season. Davis can play first base and might start there with Derek Lee in Pittsburgh. He can also slide over to third and give Mark Reynolds a day off. Even more, he has pop and has hit 20 HRs in a small amount of playing time in Texas a few years back, so the power is there.
Texas Rangers- The Rangers were a playoff team with their roster before the trade deadline. Now, with the additions of Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to their bullpen,  it seems that they are a World Series contender, not just a playoff team. They can play a shorter game and not rely on their starters to go  7-8 innings a start and use the bullpen to pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th. This will also tax the starters much less as the playoffs near.

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