Jim Callis

Desperate Cardinals Turn To Weaver

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Slumping but still clinging to the lead in the National League Central, but the Cardinals will need some pitching reinforcements if they're going to hang on and make the playoffs. St. Louis took a gamble on Wednesday, acquiring the ineffective Jeff Weaver from the Angels for Double-A outfielder Terry Evans.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

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Did the Devil Rays blow the Joey Gathright trade? Why haven't the Royals signed Luke Hochevar? Who was better at the time the Dodgers drafted them, Scott Elbert or Clayton Kershaw?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

M’s Sacrifice Cabrera For Perez

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The Indians projected as one of the American League's top teams entering the season, while the Mariners looked like an also-ran. But with Cleveland scuffling and Seattle contending in a weaker-than-expected AL West, the teams swung a Friday trade that made sense for both sides. The Mariners got a righthanded bat for the present in Eduardo Perez, while the Indians received an infield prospect for the future in Asdrubal Cabrera.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Phillies, Rangers Swap Young Lefties

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Lefthanded pitching prospects Fabio Castro and Daniel Haigwood should be used to getting traded by now. Originally signed by the White Sox, they changed addresses in offseason deals before they were exchanged for one another on Thursday. Castro went to the Phillies while Haigwood joined the Rangers, with Texas also receiving cash considerations.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Reds Reacquire Castro

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Juan Castro spent five seasons as a utility infielder for the Reds before signing as a free agent with the Twins following the 2004 season. Now he's back with Cincinnati, which acquired him in a Thursday trade that sent outfield prospect Brandon Roberts to Minnesota.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mismatched Sox Swap Relievers

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The Red Sox and White Sox addressed each other's bullpen needs with a two-reliever trade on Thursday. Boston, which didn't have a lefty reliever, acquired one in Javier Lopez. Chicago, which needed another righty relief option, added David Riske.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets Give Up On Matsui

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Most of the Japanese stars who have come to the U.S. majors have enjoyed success, but Kaz Matsui is a rare exception. After more than two years of waiting in vain for him to produce, the Mets gave up on Friday, dumping him on the Rockies in exchange for Eli Marrero.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

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Was Preston Mattingly a reach for the Dodgers with the 31st overall pick? How good are sleeper prospects Jeff Natale of the Red Sox and Evan MacLane of the Mets?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Tuesday Morning Mock Draft

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For the first time since 1999, when the Devil Rays deliberated between Josh Hamilton and Josh Beckett, scouting directors will wake up on draft day without knowing for sure who will go No. 1. The Royals own that pick, and if they've finalized their decision, they've kept it closely guarded. The uncertainty surrounding Kansas City's choice filters down through the top of the first round, and several clubs may not settle their picks until Tuesday morning, hours before the draft's 1 p.m. ET start. But at the end of Monday evening, here's our projection of where things stand.

Draft | #2006#Mock Draft

Monday Morning Mock Draft

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When Royals officials went to bed Sunday night, they still didn't know whose name they'd call with the No. 1 pick in the draft Tuesday at noon ET. Insisting money wouldn't be the determining factor, they still were debating the merits of North Carolina lefthander Andrew Miller, Fort Worth Cats righthander Luke Hochevar and Houston righty Brad Lincoln. Here's how the first 15 picks of the draft would unfold if it started Monday morning—but a lot could change in the next 24 hours.

Draft | #2006#Mock Draft