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Hit Parade: Playing out trade scenarios

Updated: July 23, 2008, 3:13 PM ET
By Brendan Roberts | ESPN.com

I learned years ago that I should leave trade speculation to Peter Gammons.

But even Peter the Great has trades that slip under his radar or predictions that turn out incorrect. It's the nature of the beast.

General managers and agents are coy and intelligent human beings who can read and even mislead people, and they seem to relish the opportunity to use the press to spread rumors -- "exaggerate the facts" is probably more accurate -- for their own gain. Which makes sense.

Just ...

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