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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2005 1:46 am | Updated: 10:09 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday, leaving fans and fantasy league owners scrambling to figure out who is still on their rosters.

A host of deals and signings validated the suspicion that these meetings would resemble the swap sessions of old.

Who cashed in and who cashed out? Only time will truly tell, but here's our report card on some of the biggest winners and losers at this stage of the game.

Winners

Toronto spent $102 million for closer B.J. Ryan and starter A.J. Burnett, which should make it more competitive in the rugged AL East. The acquisition of first baseman Lyle Overbay adds some pop to the lineup, but he wasn't the big bat the Jays wanted.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya acquired catcher Paul Lo Duca and 1B Carlos Delgado to complete one of the NL's most potent lineups. New York also signed closer Billy Wagner, but starting pitching is still a concern.

The World Series champion White Sox haven't been overly active, but Chicago did re-sign ALCS MVP Paul Konerko and added a big left-handed bat in Jim Thome to fill the DH slot and replace the now-departed Frank Thomas.

San Diego got Mike Cameron from the Mets to roam center field and re-signed OF Brian Giles and closer Trevor Hoffman. But the Padres dealt solid 2B Mark Loretta to Boston without getting much in return and got tired of waiting for 3B Sean Burroughs to emerge.

The 2004 champions made a pair of big additions in P Josh Beckett and 2B Mark Loretta, but the Red Sox also took on 3B Mike Lowell's huge contract. Rumors continue to swirl that Boston is eager to trade OF Manny Ramirez, a bat that will be hard to replace.

Losers

The Marlins — they of the infamous fire sales — dumped P Josh Beckett, OF Juan Pierre, 3B Mike Lowell, 2B Luis Castillo, 1B Carlos Delgado, P A.J. Burnett and C Paul Lo Duca, shaving about $50 million in payroll. If form holds true, the Marlins will win the World Series by 2009.

Aside from dumping Tony Womack, the Yankees have been strangely silent. Maybe all their efforts are being directed toward the reported $50 million to $85 million they lost last season and all that revenue they were hiding from the YES television network.

Royals general manager Allard Baird has $22 million to spend but so far all he has to show for it are pitchers Mark Redman and Elmer Dessens. K.C. has been turned down by the likes of SS Rafael Furcal, OF Brian Giles, P Paul Byrd and P A.J. Burnett.

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