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Bobby Abreu's Slow Burn

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Usually, trade rumors have a life cycle similar to bubble gum. They start out strong; fans get excited. The flavor fades quickly; fans realize the trade isn't going to happen. Finally, your jaw starts to hurt from chewing on a flavorless lump.

The Bobby Abreu for Jose Contreras deal is the mythical stick of gum with never-ending flavor. A timeline:

There it is for you to chew on and decide for yourself. I'm sure this won't be the last we hear of it.