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Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff August 1, 2011 02:40 PM
Tony's Top 5
Acquisitions of this trading deadline
Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers.. K-Rod's career comes full circle - from setup man to setup man. Solid move by Brewers to fortify back end of bullpen.
Carlos Beltran, Giants. Offense was an issue for the Giants - and that was true before they lost Buster Posey. With Beltran and that pitching staff, they could repeat.
Mike Adams and Koji Uehara, Rangers The names aren't sexy, but the Rangers just made a serious upgrade to a bullpen that ranked 11th in the AL in ERA. Look out.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians. Price was high, but the Indians were in position to pay it. With Jimenez, Indians are now a factor in the Central for years to come.div>
Hunter Pence, Phillies. The Phils get Jayson Werth's replacement for the stretch drive and beyond. If this doesn't scare you as a Red Sox follower, it should.
Tony's Top 5
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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