MLB Trade Scenarios: Will Your Team Be a Buyer or Seller at 2012 Deadline?

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MLB Trade Scenarios: Will Your Team Be a Buyer or Seller at 2012 Deadline?
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Baseball hierarchy takes many forms, but none simpler than this: buyer or seller.

It is the Mendoza line of franchises, the rough dichotomy that separates good from bad, hopeful from hopeless, this year from next.

This is important stuff.

So to save you the suspense of months spent in earnest, I've cast the die early and assigned each Major League Baseball team to one of the aforementioned camps.

Are the predictions premature? A little.

But the tea leaves of a baseball offseason rarely lie, and teams have a way of revealing their intentions before cleats hit dirt.

Read on for more mystic conjectures and, of course, lots of baseball-related words.

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