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Texas Tornado
Tim Kurkjian
August 12, 1996
With his whirlwind July, Gonzalez has blown away his critics, Trade winds generate heat in the pennant chases
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August 12, 1996

Texas Tornado

With his whirlwind July, Gonzalez has blown away his critics, Trade winds generate heat in the pennant chases

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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.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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