John Perrotto

Business Beat: May 23

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Going back to the days when Branch Rickey built the game's first farm system for the St. Louis Cardinals, minor league teams' primary focus has been on developing players. The Slippery Rock Sliders, an expansion team in the independent Frontier League, are putting a new spin on that idea.

Minors | #2007#Business Beat

Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Though players have been defecting from Cuba to the United States since Rene Arocha signed with the Cardinals before the 1993 season, the Pirates hadn't landed anyone since Fidel Castro's communist regime overthrew the government of the island nation in 1959. That finally changed as the Pirates reached an agreement with righthander Yoslan Herrera. The deal had not been completed, but it was expected to be a three-year major league contact.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates