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Reds Add Saarloos To Staff

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The Reds can use some help at the back of their rotation and in middle relief, and they found some Tuesday. Cincinnati acquired Kirk Saarloos from the Athletics in exchange for Double-A reliever David Shafer. Both teams also will receive a player to be named later. July 13 update: The teams swapped minor league righthanders, with the Athletics receiving Julio Manon and the Reds getting Dan Denham to complete the trade.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Pirates Finally Get LaRoche

Jim Callis -

The Braves and Pirates finally completed a deal that had been discussed for months on Friday, with Adam LaRoche heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for Mike Gonzalez. Two prospects also changed hands, with shortstop Brent Lillibridge going to the Braves and outfielder Jamie Romak moving to the Pirates.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

How do the 2007 draft's top arms and football star Jeff Samardzija rank among the game's most established pitching prospects?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

WAC Tries To Prove It Is Part Of The Pack

Jason Pugh -Premium Content

Prior to the 2006 season, there were two constants when it came to baseball in the Western Athletic Conference—travel and Rice University. Rice is now gone, having departed the WAC for Conference USA prior to the 2006 season, but the travel remains prevalent in America's most far-flung conference.

College | #2007#Season Preview

The 31st Team, Part II

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We celebrate the arrival of the 2007 Prospect Handbook, which you can order here and have it in your hands in just a couple of days, with the unveiling of The 31st Team—our name for all the scouting reports that didn't quite make it into the book. Players can get written up and then miss the cut for a variety of reasons, ranging from trades to injuries to our endless tinkering with our top 30 lists.

Minors | #2007#Column