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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: The Most Overrated Players Traded Before the Deadlines
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New Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett

Major League Baseball teams routinely look to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline(s) to help make a late-season push towards the playoffs. But they often end up looking for love in all the wrong places.

Many believed that the addition of the second wild card team in each league would lessen trade activity around this year's deadline. With more teams believing they had a chance to duplicate the efforts of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, fewer players were expected to be moved.

Fortunately for baseball fans—particularly those in Los Angeles—there would be plenty of activity to reflect on. 

Led by the Los Angeles Dodgers—who have made five trades over the past six weeks, including last weekend's nine-player deal with the Boston Red Sox—a number of teams made deals to acquire some marquis names.

Here's a look at the most overrated players traded this season—including those moved after July 31—based on what they've contributed to their new teams thus far, and what they can expected to deliver over the duration of their entire contract.

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