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Trade market not at all hopping

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June 26

When the Oakland Athletics of the mid-90s were trying to get back to respectability, Tony La Russa used to tell his players, "get to .500, then we can talk."

To those in New York and Boston whose theme songs are "Death or Glory," .500 doesn't seem like much. But if you're Dave Dombrowski and your Tigers haven't been .500 since 1993, Dave Littlefield and your Pirates have had no winning seasons since Barry Bonds left in 1992 or Doug Melvin and your Brewers have had 12 losing seasons since '92, it means plenty.

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