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Jon Garland could be a big steal

In evaluating the smaller deals, the Dodgers' deal with the right-hander should pay dividends

Originally Published: December 14, 2010
By Dan Szymborski | Special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesIn a division without truly dominant teams, Jon Garland to the Dodgers could be big.

There are 25 players on a given MLB roster, so although landing a Carl Crawford or an Adrian Gonzalez (or both!) is nice, lesser moves sometimes help the most. Think about this: Cliff Lee and Josh Hamilton were huge for the AL champion Texas Rangers this year -- but so was Colby Lewis, who had a career ERA of 6.71 before 2010. The San Francisco Giants make you think of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, sure, but without Pat Burrell or Andres Torres, they might have watched the NL playoffs from home.

Although the focus remains on the Phillies' reacquisition of Lee, here's a look at some of the best and worst "small" moves of the offseason.


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