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Baseball clubs look to improve title chances with trades
Baseball clubs look to improve title chances with trades

Hundreds of front-office executives, managers, coaches and scouts will descend upon San Diego this week for Major League Baseball's annual winter meetings, all with the singular purpose of molding their teams into World Series contenders. But what does a championship-caliber club look like? Most people would list a strong rotation that consistently pitches deep into games, a versatile and reliable bullpen, a lineup that scores enough to support its pitching and a solid defense as key ingredients. Not all the elements are needed to win, though. The 2012 San Francisco Giants and 2014 Kansas City Royals had little power, each finishing last in their league in home runs, yet both got to...

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