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Cheap relief key for Bucs and Tribe

Joel Hanrahan has been one of the best relievers in baseball, and barely makes more than $1 million. Charles LeClaire/US Presswire

While they're not among the best teams in baseball, you'd be hard-pressed to find Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates fans who are disappointed with the way the season has gone so far. Neither club was expected to be a serious contender, yet now they both find themselves within striking distance of a trip to the playoffs.

Other than being rebuilding franchises, one thing they have in common is that they have put together inexpensive, overachieving bullpens that have done a lot to fuel their teams' playoff runs.