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Rule 5 Draft Is Becoming An Afterthought

John Manuel -Premium Content

How much of an afterthought is the Rule 5 draft these days? Well, during the 2009 Winter Meetings, the minor leagues were based in one hotel, major league executives and media in another, and the trade show was in the convention center, basically in the middle. The Rule 5 was in a third hotel next door, sort of off to the side, where little other Winter Meetings activity transpired.

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Building Boom Has Been Replaced By Sharing

John Manuel -Premium Content

The building boom in college baseball looks to be over, thanks to less demand—most of the programs that want or need new ballparks have gotten them—but also thanks to the economy. It's just harder to raise money now than it was even two years ago, and it's much harder to borrow the kind of money needed to build large facilities.

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Offseason Brings Uncertainty For Scouts

John Manuel -Premium Content

Most scouts' contracts expire at the end of October (the end of the season in most years). So the anxiety is ramped up, as scouts have less to do in the fall, more time to think about their job security and more time to network to be ready just in case something happens.

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From Indy Ball To AFL

John Manuel -Premium Content

Rays righthander Paul Phillips helps exemplify the opportunity that independent baseball can afford. The hard-throwing reliever, who spent the second half of the 2008 season in the independent American Association, signed with the Rays in the offseason and started 2009 in Class A, but finished by winning a Triple-A national championship with Durham and earning a spot in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League.

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