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Monday, November 29, 2004
A's, Pirates officially complete Kendall trade.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Kendall was traded Saturday from Pittsburgh to Oakland, giving the Athletics one of baseball's best top-of-the-lineup hitters and most durable catchers and partly freeing the Pirates of their biggest financial burden.

The Pirates get left-hander Mark Redman to stabilize their oft-shaky rotation and left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes for Kendall, a three-time All-Star and .306 career hitter.

Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers. "Vladimir Guerrero showed that the Most Valuable Player Award can be won in the closing days of the season. An unbelievable hot streak in the Angels' next-to-last series--12-for-17, two doubles, five home runs against the Rangers--helped the Angels catch the Oakland A's and positioned them to take the division on the season's final weekend. Guerrero's surge separated him from the other top candidates, and was certainly the difference in earning him his first MVP award." (Baseball Prospectus)

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