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No Relief Found As Trade Deadline Passes

The much-anticipated arrival in Cleveland of a veteran reliever at the trade deadline failed to materialize. But before you give up hope that the Indians will make the playoffs, you must remember one very important fact. History has shown, according to Indians general manager Mark Shapiro, that only about 5% of players who move just prior to the deadline have a major impact on the pennant race.

For that one-in-20 chance, would you be willing to give up two or three top prospects, including outfielder Ben Francisco? I know I wouldn't, especially for a rent-a-player who will likely be gone by the start of the 2008 season. Granted, the Tribe's bullpen needs some help. Thus far there have only been three reliable arms . . . setup men Rafael Betancourt and Rafael Perez along with closer Joe...

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