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Prospect Q&A: Carlos Carrasco

Matt Meyers -

After signing for $300,000 in 2003, the Phillies' Carlos Carrasco was a major disappointment during his first two seasons. The nadir was 2005 when he went 1-7, 7.04 after opening the season with low Class A Lakewood and was demoted. Back at Lakewood this year, the 19-year-old Venezuelan has found his stride and has established himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the South Atlantic League.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Calm Before The Storm

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Every two years, major and minor league teams can seek new affiliation agreements, and that process is getting under way now. Baseball America tells you how things are lining up in advance of the market opening up on Sept. 16.

Minors | #2006#Column

Daily Dish: Sept. 1

As we head into the final weekend of the regular season around the minor leagues, we pause recognize the overall leaders in several categories.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish

Dodgers Add Anderson To Bench

Jim Callis -

The National League West-leading Dodgers added to their bench just before Thursday's deadline for acquiring players who will be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles picked up Marlon Anderson from the Nationals in exchange for Rookie-ball righthander Jhonny Nunez. Washington also kicked in some cash to cover part of Anderson's remaining contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Braves Keep Striving, Deal For Ward

Jim Callis -

Though they rank eighth in the National League wild-card race, the Braves haven't given up hope of making the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season. They added to their bench on Thursday by acquiring Daryle Ward from the Nationals for Class A righthander Luis Atilano.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Send Nevin Back To AL

Jim Callis -

The Cubs traded for Phil Nevin in May, when they still hoped to contend and needed an injury replacement for Derrek Lee. Chicago's situation has changed drastically since then, so it sent Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named on Thursday, the last day players could be dealt and remain eligible for the postseason. The Cubs also contributed cash toward Nevin's 2006 salary.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Padres Pay Dearly For Month Of Wells

Jim Callis -

The National League playoff races are extremely tight, with only the Mets assured of a postseason berth and 10 clubs within five games of one of the other three spots. With several teams looking for starting pitching help and little available, the Padres parted with a quality catching prospect on Thursday to obtain David Wells from the Red Sox. The deal officially was consumated for a player to be named, but baseball sources have confirmed that Boston will receive George Kottaras.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Do teams scout the Little League World Series? Has Rockies first baseman Joe Koshansky pushed his way into the upper tier of prospects? How good is Twins righthander Yohan Pino?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA