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Tim Kurkjian
December 17, 1990
It has already been a blockbuster of an off-season for baseball; among those changing address are 16 players with a total of 33 All-Star appearances. Here are the clubs that have benefited from the changes—and those that have not.
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December 17, 1990

And How Does It All Add Up?

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2) St. Louis Cardinals. They're going to finish sixth. Losing Vince Coleman, Ken Dayley and Pendleton to free agency, and pitcher John Tudor to retirement, assures that.

3) Houston Astros. Poor manager Art Howe. His owner, John McMullen, is selling the team and won't spend any money to improve it. Free-agents Bill Gullickson and Franklin Stubbs have departed, and Dave Smith and Danny Darwin will soon be gone. That leaves Howe with youth and maybe four major league pitchers.

4) Seattle Mariners. They can't afford expensive talent, but they certainly can't afford to do nothing. The Mariners still have three first basemen and a pitching staff full of holes.

5) New York Yankees. They lost in the bidding for Pendleton, and free-agent pitcher Steve Farr does not replace Righetti.

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