Matt Eddy

Minor League Imports With Upside, Western Divisions

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Major league organizations collectively sign hundreds of players to minor league deals each offseason, and occasionally teams find big league contributors. In this piece we focus on baseball's 10 Western Division clubs (including the Astros as we anticipate their move to the AL West in 2013), seeking to find those minor league imports who might have untapped upside.

Minors | #2012#Season Preview

Three-Year Lefty-Righty Splits For Each MLB Park

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Most major league ballparks affect righthanded and lefthanded batters differently, so teams cannot necessarily rely on an overall park factor when searching for players most ideally suited for playing 81 games at home each year. Here you'll find righty/lefty hitting averages for all 30 parks during the past three seasons.

Majors | #2012#Season Preview

Home Parks Affect Fortunes Of Talented Youngsters

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A handful of top prospects, including Jesus Montero, Jarrod Parker and Yonder Alonso, will feel the effects of switching home venues after recent trades set them up in new ballparks. Also, find out which major league parks are most friendly or unfriendly when it comes to home runs and other safe hits by both lefthanded and righthanded batters.

Majors | #2012#Season Preview

Padres Deal Double-A Pair To White Sox For Quentin

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The Padres finished last in the National League in home runs and slugging percentage last year, and that's a feat they're unlikely to duplicate after trading two pitching prospects to the White Sox for right fielder Carlos Quentin. Chicago received righthander Simon Castro and lefty Pedro Hernandez, both members of the 40-man roster who finished the 2011 season in Double-A.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Nats Trade Four Prospects To A’s For Gio Gonzalez

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Sensing their opportunity may be at hand after a third-place finish in the National League East, the Nationals swapped four prospects to the Athletics for 26-year-old lefthander Gio Gonzalez. Oakland received righthanders Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, who ranked as Washington's Nos. 3 and 4 prospects this offseaon, catcher Derek Norris and strike-throwing lefthander Tom Milone.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central