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Braves Land Vazquez

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The White Sox finally dealt righthander Javier Vazquez and lefty reliever Boone Logan to the Braves for a package of four prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, shortstop Brent Lillibridge, third baseman Jon Gilmore and lefthander Santos Rodriguez.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Packing Them In

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It's a tried and true recipe for success: Take a town hungry for baseball, give it a consistent winner in a beautiful, new ballpark and then sit back and watch the turnstiles spin. The Greeneville Astros have followed the plan to a tee in their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, consistently providing a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.

Minors | #2008#Awards#Freitas Awards

Freitas Award: Short-Season

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In their five seasons in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the Greeneville Astros have consistently provided a high-quality product while annually leading the league in attendance, two key reasons why they are the 2008 short-season winners of the Freitas Award.

Minors | #2008#Awards#Freitas Awards

The Rare Prospect Swap

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Philadelphia sent Greg Golson, its first-round pick (21st overall) in 2004, to Texas for John Mayberry Jr., the Rangers' first-rounder (19th overall) in 2005. Both players are on their new clubs' 40-man rosters, making them exempt from December's Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Marlins-Nats Make Trade

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The Marlins cleared further payroll by trading two more young veterans, lefthander Scott Olsen and left fielder Josh Willingham, to the Nationals for a trio of young players: second basemen Emilio Bonifacio and Jake Smolinski and righthander P.J. Dean.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Holliday Traded To A’s

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The defending National League-champion Rockies had been rumored to be shopping slugging left fielder Matt Holliday ever since their 2008 season officially went in the tank. They finally traded him to Oakland for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, righthander Huston Street and lefty Greg Smith to Colorado.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Jacobs Traded To K.C.

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Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the World Series, the Marlins and Royals kick-started the offseason trade market by exchanging young veterans. Kansas City acquired first baseman Mike Jacobs from Florida for righthanded reliever Leo Nunez.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central