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Jim Callis -

Is it more cost-effective to go cheap or pay for pricey talent in the draft? Why can't Cubs lefthander Rich Hill replicate his Triple-A success in the majors? How good is White Sox first-base prospect Chris Carter?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Braves Don’t Give Up, Deal For Closer

Jim Callis -

Though they're 45-50, the Braves haven't given up trying to extend their streak of consecutive postseason appearances to 15. Five games behind the Reds in the race for the National League wild card, Atlanta moved to shore up its biggest weakness on Thursday. Trying to plug a leaky bullpen that has blown an NL-high 20 of 40 save changes, the Braves acquired Bob Wickman from the Indians for Class A catching prospect Max Ramirez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets, Royals Swap Second Basemen

Jim Callis -

Barring a complete collapse, the Mets are assured of winning the National League East. But that didn't stop New York from doing some minor tinkering and acquiring another second-base option on Wednesday. In an exchange of Triple-A second basemen with big league experience, the Mets picked up Ruben Gotay from the Royals for Jeff Keppinger.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Draft Dish

John Manuel -Premium Content

The Yankees have reached a deal with Ian Kennedy, sources say, but the deal is being kept under wraps while attempting to get the commissioner's office's approval.

Draft | #2006#Draft Dish

Daily Dish: July 18

Philip Hughes continues his strong run at Double-A; Astros righthander Felipe Paulino makes strides at high Class A Salem; and Marlins 2006 first-rounder Brett Sinkbeil makes his low Class A debut.

Minors | #2006#Daily Dish