How Each Top Traded MLB Player Directly Impacts the Playoff Race

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How Each Top Traded MLB Player Directly Impacts the Playoff Race
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As if the competitive landscape in baseball was not already rumbling from the addition of a second wild-card team this season, the trade deadline proved to make things a whole lot more interesting.

Heading into the month of July, some 18 teams had a viable chance of making the playoffs.

The chess game known as trade season was about to commence. The strategic movement of parts to enhance one's team would allow for the most cerebral part of the game to be played.

With roughly 30 games to go in the 2012 season, these are the teams that have seen or will see the greatest, most immediate return from their in-season trades.

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