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The 31st Team, Part I

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We celebrate the arrival of the 2007 Prospect Handbook with our 31st Team, the annual collection of the players who were squeezed out of the book for one reason or another. This year's group is so large that it has been split into two parts.

Minors | #2007#Column

Samardzija’s Bonus Won’t Set Record

Sources say two-sport standout Jeff Samardzija, a fifth-round pick of the Cubs last June, did not receive a signing bonus that could have amounted to a record $7.25 million. But he could get that amount or more in the near future as the Cubs try to sign him to a baseball-only contract.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Bulletin

Top 50 Incoming Freshmen

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Here's a look at the top 50 incoming freshmen ranked by Aaron Fitt according to both immediate impact and long-term potential. As with most Baseball America rankings, the tie goes to better prospect.

College | #2007#Recruiting

Rockies Pick Up Lopez For Rotation

Jim Callis -

The Orioles didn't want to go to arbitration with Rodrigo Lopez and the Rockies sought another veteran starting pitcher. So the teams turned a trade on Friday, with Colorado picking up Lopez in exchange for Double-A righthanded relievers Jim Miller and Jason Burch.

Majors | #2007#Trade Central