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1) The Reds' acquisition of lefthander Danny Jackson (along with infielder Angel Salazar) from the Royals for shortstop Kurt Stillwell and pitcher Ted Power. Aces are tough to find, especially one who can go 23-8, as Jackson did for Cincinnati.
2) The Red Sox' pickup of closer Lee Smith from the Cubs for pitchers Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi. Boston had to have a reliable stopper and got one who nailed down 29 saves, while Nipper and Schiraldi were combining for 11-17 in Chicago.
3) The A's landing of righthander Bob Welch in a three-way deal with the Mets and the Dodgers. Welch (17-9. 3.64 ERA) was the frontline starter Oakland needed to jump ahead of the Twins in the American League West.
1) The Reds' giving up of lefthander Dennis Rasmussen in early June to the Padres for pitcher Candy Sierra. Rasmussen went 13-4 with a 2.65 ERA for San Diego, while Sierra worked briefly for Cincinnati and then was shipped to the minors.
2) The Twins' loss of right-fielder Tom Brunansky to the Cardinals for second baseman Tom Herr. Minnesota never had Herr's full services—he was bothered throughout the season by several nagging injuries—and before next year the Twins will lose him to either a trade or free agency.
3) The White Sox' dealing of righthander Jose DeLeon to the Cardinals for outfielder Lance Johnson and pitcher Ricky Horton. DeLeon, who has been an underachiever, pitched 225 innings for St. Louis and was 13-10 with 208 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Johnson hit. 185 with 6 RBIs, and Horton was 6-10 with a 4.86 ERA for Chicago before being traded to the Dodgers in August.