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Losers with upside 1. Cardinals. They really did (Credit: AP)

Losers with upside
1. Cardinals. They really did want to retain Pujols. However, they’re now liberated of an albatross contract, they have the roster depth to handle this development and their fans can’t fault them for a lack of effort.

Ken Davidoff's Winter Meetings winners and losers

For this year's Winter Meetings winners and losers, we're going to have to deploy some extra categories. We saw moves so dramatic that they defy such simple descriptions.
So let's include, in addition to "Winners" and "Losers," the groups "Winners with Downside" and "Losers with Upside." That's for moves in which the long-term projection is considerably different than the short-term read.
Here's our take on a very busy week:

By Ken Davidoff

Winner 1. Dan Lozano. This marked the first
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Winner
1. Dan Lozano. This marked the first big offseason for Lozano, Pujols’ agent, who broke off from the Beverly Hills Sports Counsel in 2010. Needless to say, Lozano aced the test.

Winner 2. Ron Santo. The late former Cubs
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Winner
2. Ron Santo. The late former Cubs third baseman earned Hall of Fame induction from the Veterans Committee.

Winner 3. Jose Reyes. He received his desired
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Winner
3. Jose Reyes. He received his desired $100 million and a little more.

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Winner 4. C.J. Wilson. The lefty returned to
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Winner
4. C.J. Wilson. The lefty returned to his Southern California roots, signing with the Angels, and the scrutiny on him should be manageable because people will be paying more attention to Albert Pujols.

Winner 5. David Ortiz. By accepting Boston’s arbitration
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Winner
5. David Ortiz. By accepting Boston’s arbitration offer, Big Papi either ensured himself of a generous one-year salary for 2012, or he gave himself leverage to get a multi-year deal done with the Red Sox.

Winner 6. Diamondbacks. On Friday, the day after
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Winner
6. Diamondbacks. On Friday, the day after the meetings ended, the Diamondbacks acquired right-hander Trevor Cahill from Oakland, enhancing their starting rotation.

Winner 7. Rays. Also on Friday, the Rays
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Winner
7. Rays. Also on Friday, the Rays signed promising rookie Matt Moore to a five-year, $14-million contract.

Winner with downside 1. Angels. They certainly made
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Winner with downside
1. Angels. They certainly made a splash by signing Pujols and Wilson, and they might be the American League West favorites next season. Yet how will that Pujols contract look come, say, 2017 and beyond?

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Winner with downside 2. Pujols. We’ll never fault
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Winner with downside
2. Pujols. We’ll never fault anyone for taking the most money, but Pujols’ image took a hit by leaving the beloved Cardinals, with whom he had spent his entire career.

Winner with downside 3. Marlins. $106 million over
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Winner with downside
3. Marlins. $106 million over six years for Reyes isn’t terrible. Nevertheless, we know about Reyes’ health issues, and we’ll see if Hanley Ramirez is actually willing to move over to third base. $58 million for four years of Mark Buehrle is an overpay.

Losers with upside 1. Cardinals. They really did
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Losers with upside
1. Cardinals. They really did want to retain Pujols. However, they’re now liberated of an albatross contract, they have the roster depth to handle this development and their fans can’t fault them for a lack of effort.

Losers with upside 2. Mets. A nine-figure contract
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Losers with upside
2. Mets. A nine-figure contract for Reyes would’ve represented a significant risk, and they’re wisely reallocating some dollars into the bullpen. Maybe the Angel Pagan-for-Andres Torres trade can help.

Losers with upside 3. Yankees. Continued their run
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Losers with upside
3. Yankees. Continued their run of conservative baseball operations, passing on free-agent pitchers. The upside is, no move by any team can top the retention of CC Sabathia.

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Loser 1. Gil Hodges. The beloved New York
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Loser
1. Gil Hodges. The beloved New York player and manager couldn’t tally enough votes to reach the Hall of Fame, despite the vocal support of Veterans Committee member Tommy Lasorda.

Loser 2. Athletics. With the Angels’ additions, and
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Loser
2. Athletics. With the Angels’ additions, and Texas the favorite to land Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, the AL West looks tougher than ever.

Loser 3. Mariners. See Athletics.
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Loser
3. Mariners. See Athletics.

Loser 4. Dodgers. Aaron Harang joined Chris Capuano,
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Loser
4. Dodgers. Aaron Harang joined Chris Capuano, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy and Jerry Hairston Jr. as part of an underwhelming winter haul.

Loser 5. Francisco Rodriguez. He accepted arbitration from
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Loser
5. Francisco Rodriguez. He accepted arbitration from Milwaukee, for whom he’d be a setup man. A trade elsewhere could be coming.

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