This Author

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

Mets Organization Report

Adam Rubin -Premium Content

The Mets lost catching prospect Jesus Flores to Washington in the Rule 5 draft, with new Nationals manager and former Mets coach Manny Acta undoubtedly playing a role in that selection. But the Mets had inside info, too, when they selected lefthanded pitcher Ricardo Morales from the Nats in the Triple-A phase of the draft.

Majors | #2006#New York Mets#Organization Reports

Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

At first base, the Angels' depth chart is punctuated with question marks. Unless they acquire a veteran slugger before the season starts, the Angels hope that one of three oft-touted prospects can claim the job in spring training. They used eight players at that position last year, including Casey Kotchman, Kendry Morales and Dallas McPherson.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports