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Who's better, Howie Kendrick or Rickie Weeks? Will Neil Walker have to change positions? Who is Boone Logan?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Jays Lessen Corner Glut By Dumping Koskie

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After trading for Lyle Overbay and Troy Glaus in December—and with Shea Hillenbrand, Eric Hinske and Corey Koskie already on hand—the Blue Jays had more corner infielders than they knew what to do with. They added a little clarity to the situation on Friday, dealing Koskie to the Brewers for Double-A righthander Brian Wolfe. Toronto also kicked in $7.25 million toward the remainder of Koskie's contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Give Up On Patterson, Deal Him To Orioles

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When the Cubs took Corey Patterson with the third overall pick in 1998, he was supposed to be a cornerstone of their future success. Instead, the Patterson era in Chicago ended with a whimper on Monday, as the Cubs traded him to the Orioles for two Class A prospects, second baseman Nate Spears and lefthander Carlos Perez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Baez Deal Makes Sense For Dodgers, Rays

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In a trade that has been panned by some critics on both sides, the Dodgers acquired Danys Baez, Lance Carter and a player to be named later from the Devil Rays on Saturday for a pair of pitching prospects, Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany. But the deal is a good fit for both clubs.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Orioles Bolster Rotation With Benson

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The Orioles had their share of pitching problems in 2005, as both their staff as a whole (4.56) and their starters as a group (4.82) ranked 23rd in the majors in ERA. They took a step to address that flaw on Saturday, acquiring Kris Benson from the Mets for Jorge Julio and John Maine.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Tribe Gets Michaels As Prelude To Crisp Deal

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The Indians pulled off a six-player trade with the Red Sox on Friday in which Coco Crisp and third-base prospect Andy Marte were the principals, but they first set the stage for that deal with a smaller one earlier in the day. Cleveland replaced Crisp in left field by obtaining Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Red Sox Find Damon’s Successor

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It took more than five weeks, but the Red Sox finally found their replacement for departed free agent Johnny Damon. On Friday, they acquired Coco Crisp, along with David Riske and Josh Bard, from the Indians for top prospect Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota and either a player to be named or cash. Cleveland made a second deal to replace Crisp in its outfield, getting Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mariners, White Sox Exchange Failed First-Rounders

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Two ballyhooed former first-round picks changed organizations on Monday. The White Sox sent outfielder Joe Borchard, whose $5.3 million bonus in 2000 stood as a draft record until Justin Upton signed for $6.1 million in January, for lefthander Matt Thornton, the biggest surprise selection in 1998's first round.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cruz, Halsey Change Addresses Again

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Two pitchers accustomed to getting traded had it happen again on Sunday as Juan Cruz went to the Diamondbacks in a deal that sent Brad Halsey to the Athletics. Cruz was traded twice in 2004, first from the Cubs to the Braves for prospects and then to the Athletics for Tim Hudson. Halsey was part of the Randy Johnson trade with the Yankees in January 2005.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Deal Surplus Pitcher To Marlins

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The Cubs have a surplus of pitchers competing for major league jobs, while the Marlins are looking for arms after their offseason fire sale. That made the two clubs natural trading partners, and they consummated a deal on Tuesday. Chicago sent Todd Wellemeyer to Florida for a pair of pitching prospects, Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Crystal Ball Shows All-L.A. Series In 2009

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We always like to look ahead at Baseball America. Our Major League Preview doesn't just focus on 2006, but also gazes three years into the future. In this space in 2002, I correctly predicted that the Astros would reach the 2005 World Series. Alas, I had them defeating the Mariners, who wound up winning just 63 games. I did forecast that the Braves, Padres and Yankees would capture division titles, though I also projected that the Athletics, Cubs and Twins would join them in the playoffs.

Minors | #2006#Column

Stellar Farm Systems Usually Pay Off

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Diamondbacks fans finally are getting a taste of what most expansion teams endure. Arizona went 65-97 in its inaugural 1998 season before launching a four-year run that included 375 wins, three National League West titles and a dramatic World Series championship in 2001. But the Diamondbacks subsequently have felt the Devil Rays' pain, totaling just 212 victories the last three years.

Minors | #2006#Column

Ask BA

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What prospects are going to jump from good prospect to elite status this year? Which of the top draft prospects are being advised by Scott Boras? Is it about time to reconsider some of the non-Americans when choosing th Top 100 Prospects?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

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Can you think of an organization in recent history (or ever) with a collection of talented offensive prospects comparable to the ones the Diamondbacks currently possess? With what seemed to be an inevitable move for the Dodgers, do you think Joel Guzman's shift to left field will speed his climb to the major leagues? If Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler wins the American League rookie of the year award, would he be the first recipient of that award who didn't appear in BA's Top 100 Prospects list that year?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA