It's rare to see such long-term thinking these days. Two weeks ago the Reds were seven games out of first place and planning to trade pitchers John Smiley and Mark Portugal, among others. But a hot streak got them within three games of first, and instead Cincinnati acquired Kevin Mitchell from the Red Sox for two minor leaguers. The Orioles and the Cubs also backed off deals after winning a few games, again proving how teams today often operate in a week-to-week, even game-to-game mode.
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