Matt Eddy

Orioles Acquire Belfiore From D-backs As PTBN For Bell

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First-year Orioles general manager Dan Duquette had no history with third baseman Josh Bell, so he didn't let sentimentality get in the way when he needed to clear 40-man roster space. Baltimore designated Bell for assignment on April 17 and subsequently traded him to the Diamondbacks for high Class A lefthander Mike Belfiore.

Majors | #2012#Trade Central

AL/NL East Potential Relief Aces

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Could these pitchers be relief aces in the making? The reality for many minor league pitchers—even starters—is that they'll make most of their big league appearances in relief. Teams always need fresh arms for the ever-expanding major league bullpen.

Minors | #2012#Prospect Bulletin

Down Two Center Fielders, Red Sox Deal For Byrd

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Faced with the prospect of playing at least a third of the season without last year's MVP runner-up Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox swung a trade to acquire veteran center fielder Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Boston sent 25-year-old righthander Michael Bowden and a player to be named to Chicago for Byrd and virtually all of the $6.5 million remaining on his contract.

Majors | #2012#Trade Central

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