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Winners and losers at the time that were short-lived

Originally Published: July 30, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

As baseball's general managers rush to fulfill their trade deadline agendas by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, we can count on one time-honored sports journalism tradition Friday: Analysts for newspapers and Internet sites will lump the "winners" in one category and the "losers" in the other.

But as recent history shows, knee-jerk assessments can be a risky proposition. Sometimes it takes until the end of the season or longer to determine how deals really shook out.

In this week's edition ...

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