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Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Cory Wade didn't know what to expect going into the winter. He was sure he had done all he could possibly do last summer, going a combined 7-1, 2.09 in 39 relief appearances and a couple of spot starts between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Jacksonville. But a lot of Dodgers minor league pitchers had put up strong enough seasons to warrant being protected on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Rangers Pick Up Nippert

Jim Callis -

The Rangers are always on the lookout for pitching, and they grabbed another arm for their bullpen on Friday. Texas acquired Dustin Nippert, who was out of options and wasn't going to make the Diamondbacks, and sent another righthander, Jose Marte, to Arizona.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who is Javier Solano? Would Reds outfielder Juan Duran have cracked the Top 100 Prospects list had he signed earlier? Can the A's pluck a standout third baseman with the No. 12 pick in the draft?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA

Polk Announces Resignation

Aaron Fitt -

Mississippi State’s Ron Polk, the winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history, has announced that he will resign at the end of the 2008 season. "It goes without saying that we […]


Calvert Hall Remains Winless

Nathan Rode -

FULLERTON, Calif.—The A-list wasn’t as long as Gerrit Cole’s outing, but Jupiter (Fla.) righthander Jack Armstrong, attracted close to 40 scouts, crosscheckers and directors in his start against Bishop Amat […]


Mater Dei takes Lions title

Nathan Rode -

ANAHEIM—Santa Ana, Calif.’s Mater Dei High was on its fifth game and three days and out of pitchers when Wednesday’s Anaheim Lions tournament championship came around. So, the Monarchs started […]


Reds Option Bailey To Triple-A

Ben Badler -

Homer Bailey is heading back to Triple-A. The Reds optioned the 21-year-old righthander to Louisville after Bailey’s command issues continued in spring training. "It wasn’t wildness, as much as it […]

Minors | #Daily Dish

Mashing In Mexico

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Throughout the minor league system, the word quickly spread. If you produce, there is a good chance you will be in Chicago. Former Fresno State standout Casey McGehee is itching for that chance. The 25-year-old has spent five seasons in the minors without a callup and is crossing his fingers this will be the year.

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Emergency Plan

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

The Cardinals hustled and hunted for ways to patch a ruptured major league rotation, and it was all because they didn't have a straight answer for a simple question: Who was their first man up from the minors? The Cardinals will leave spring training this year with a clear answer who their starters-in-waiting are, the Triple-A pitchers set to get the call when an arm is needed. The list starts with Mike Parisi.<br/>

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Newly Armed For Battle

Tom Haudricourt -Premium Content

No player wants to move backward in an organization's pecking order. That's what happened to lefthander Zach Jackson in 2007, and he didn't like it much. He had taken a step forward the previous season with his first exposure to the big leagues, going 2-2, 5.40 in eight outings that helped stabilize an injury-riddled rotation.

Majors | #2008#Milwaukee Brewers#Organization Reports

Face Of Franchise In Flux

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

When the Athletics decided to change the face of their organization, one new face was certain to draw much attention. Carlos Gonzalez was the most prominent player acquired from the Diamondbacks in the deal that sent ace Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks. The A's hope the multi-tooled Venezuelan outfielder will soon emerge as a middle-of-the-order hitter, able to hit for both power and average.

Majors | #2008#Oakland Athletics#Organization Reports