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Grading the GMs: Dombrowski on top
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That was quite a busy and entertaining MLB trade deadline. Today we grade all 30 major league general managers based on how they did. But first, a few key points: 1) Just because a team didn't do anything at the deadline doesn't mean they should get a low grade, because in some cases, doing nothing is best for a team; and 2) There are more positive grades than negative ones because some trades are win-win based on the objectives of the general managers.

What's next for the Boston Red Sox?
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The Boston Red Sox didn't trade Jon Lester and John Lackey on Thursday with a "rebuild" in mind.Given its core of veteran talent, this is not a team that needs to rebuild.

Five GMs under pressure to make a deal
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It's go time for major league general managers. This is the time they shine and broker deals that could make or break a team's season, or set in motion its offseason.

Trade deadline objectives: AL East
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestIt's looking like the AL East could become quite a race, with two teams (the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees) being within four games of the division-leading Baltimore Orioles, with the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rays having won nine of their past 10 games.

Trade deadline objectives: NL West
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestThe five teams in the National League West have stratified themselves into two distinct classes as the trade deadline and the final portion of the season approach.

Trade deadline objectives: NL Central
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestThe National League Central has the best four-team race in baseball, with the Milwaukee Brewers, St.

Trade deadline objectives: AL Central
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestThe Detroit Tigers have the biggest lead of all six division leaders and are the heavy favorites to not only win the American League Central but also be the first team to clinch their division.

Trade deadline objectives: AL West
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestThe American League West has been the busiest of the six divisions so far, with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels making the biggest trades thus far in July.

Trade deadline objectives: NL East teams
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Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL WestThe National League East has become a two-team race between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, with the second-place team still having a good chance to reel in one of the two wild-card berths.

What would it take to get Chase Headley?
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Throughout July, Jim Bowden will look at a number of high-profile trade candidates and explain what it would take for certain clubs to acquire each player.

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