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Surplus of free agents complicates offseason

Originally Published: November 5, 2008
By John Shea | Special to ESPN.com

The Dodgers had a losing record in early September but finished six games above .500 to overtake the Diamondbacks and win the NL West -- thanks largely to Manny Ramirez, one of the best all-time trade-deadline acquisitions.

Not only did the Red Sox pay the rest of Ramirez's salary, but he had 53 RBIs in 53 games and quickly became the face of the Dodgers, dreadlocks and all. In the postseason, Manny hit .520 with four homers as the Dodgers swept the Cubs and fell to the Phillies ...

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