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A brief trade-deadline wrap

 Sorry, have a great deal of work for the actual newspaper, and tomorrow, I'll properly link to everything. But off the top of my head...

--I understand what the Yankees were trying to do with their three moves, and no one can dispute that they're more talented than they were 24 hours ago. But I don't know. To quote from every single "Star Wars" film, "I've got a bad feeling about this." They've now put themselves in a position where three well-established big leaguers - Lance Berkman, Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada - are going to be playing less than they have in the past. And they're going to be handing the ball, in high-leverage situations, to Kerry Wood, who hasn't been very good since 2008.

I still see them as World Series champions. But I think there'll be some turbulence from now to then.

--I don't blame the Mets for not doing anything. They need to just try and climb back into contention with what they have, and if that happens, they had best be active in August. Most important, both for their development and for fan goodwill, they have to sign all of their draft picks.

--I like what the Dodgers did, but something tells me I'm going to be in the minority on that one.

--I don't like at all what the Braves did.

--There'll be a few days of relative tranquility with this stuff, and then we'll start it up again in August with the waivers trades. A reminder of how that works:

1. A team puts pretty much all of its players on revocable waivers. The other 29 teams have a chance to put in a claim on that player, and the order of claim rewards is this: You start in your own league, and you start with the league's worst record. So, let's say, when the Yankees put Curtis Granderson on waivers, the Orioles would have top dibs, then Seattle, and so on.

2. If a team puts a claim on a player, then three things can happen: a) the original team can pull the player back, at which point he can't be put on revocable waivers again; b) the original team and claiming team have 72 hours to try and work out a trade; or c) the original team can reward the claim to the claiming team. 

In Scenario A, if the team tries putting the player on waivers a second time, those are irrevocable waivers, which means that the waiving team can't pull the players back if he's claimed. The claiming team automatically gets him.

3. If no team claims a player, then that player is eligible to be traded anywhere.

4. The next deadline we have is August 31. A player must be part of his club's roster by August 31 in order to be eligible for the postseason roster.

OK, time to get to work. Thanks for the adventurous week.

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