A.J. Ellis: Life at the trade deadline 

August, 20, 2012
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A.J. EllisESPN.com IllustrationEllis knew that pretty much any Dodger (including him) could be moved at the deadline.
Buster Olney is on vacation this week, so he enlisted a group of players to write the lead of his column. Leading off the week is catcher A.J. Ellis from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ballplayers like to pretend we are unaffected by the media and their reporting, and few of us would admit to religiously checking websites like MLBTradeRumors and Twitter feeds looking for rumors, but we do. Thanks to the ability to obtain up-to-the-minute speculation via our smartphones, gossip flows throughout the clubhouse in July leading to the trade deadline. We are control freaks. We like to know what's going on, what possible moves will be made and how it will affect our team.