Wrigley Roundtable

Once again it's time for our weekly segment in which we debate a selected matter of interest. The topics could range from the Cubs to baseball or other sports, to movies and music.

Our panel of bartenders will weigh in, and we invite any of our readers to offer their two cents as well. So grab a beer and a handful of stale popcorn and tell us what you think.

Today's topic: The MLB Trade Deadline: Winners & Losers

Well the trade deadline passed with the fervor and excitement of a Nick Drake album. The two biggest moves were Mark Teixeira to the Braves and Eric Gagne to the Red Sox, but there were smaller deals as well. The Dodgers shipped Wilson Betemit to New York for Scott Proctor, the Braves also got Octavio Dotel from the Royals, the Padres acquired Morgan Ensberg and Rob Mackowiak, and the Twins sent Luis Castillo to the Mets. There were some deals earlier in the week as well like Kyle Lohse to the Phillies and Scott Linebrink to the Brewers.

So who were the winners and losers? While some teams made trades, others in contention such as the Cubs, Angels, Indians and Tigers stood idle at the deadline. Was that the right move? And do these deadline deals benefit a team more from a psychological standpoint? Surely a trade for a middle relief pitcher may not be the end all be all of blockbusters, but does a move like that serve as a reaffirmation to the fans and players from management, that they are determined to win?

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