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Tony's top five acquisitions of this trading deadline

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  August 1, 2011 02:40 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Acquisitions of this trading deadline

5
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.
4
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.
3
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.
2
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>
1
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

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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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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