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The Five Best Deadline Swindles of the Moneyball Era

Well, the other shoe has finally dropped in Oakland. In a long-anticipated move, the Athletics sent Matt Holliday away to a contending NL team. That team turned out to be the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, the A's received a package of young players headlined by St. Louis's top prospect, Brett ("I Am the Walrus") Wallace. The A's have been sellers at the deadline the last two seasons, and though the jury is still out on the future of the young players the A's acquired today, the "sell" trade position thus far has overall produced mixed results for Oaktown's ballclub. Last season, the A's shipped Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Cubs for SP Sean Gallagher (now gone as part of the Scott Hairston trade), OFs Matt Murton (gone as well) and Eric Patterson (back with the big league c...

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