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Top Pick, Top Talent Sign Big Deals

John Manuel -Premium Content

Andrew Miller has had quite a year. The North Carolina lefthander was the College Player of the Year, led the Tar Heels to the College World Series championship series and was the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. Then he signed with the Tigers for the largest guaranteed contract of any 2006 draftee, just edging out the No. 1 overall pick, righthander Luke Hochevar, who signed with the Royals a day before Miller's contract became official. To top it off, Miller will end his year in the major leagues.

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John Manuel -Premium Content

The Yankees have reached a deal with Ian Kennedy, sources say, but the deal is being kept under wraps while attempting to get the commissioner's office's approval.

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The Cubs used their creativity to land talent in a draft where they lacked second, third and fourth round picks.

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Rare Convergence Leads To Busy Weekend For N.C. Scouts

Alan Matthews -Premium Content

The life of a major league scouting director is never boring, but check in with one 75 days before the draft, when things are really spinning, and there's no telling what state he'll be in—that's state of mind or of the country. At least a dozen of the most significant talent evaluators in baseball tried to clear their minds and schedules for the third weekend in March, when all three of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools in North Carolina's Research Triangle played host to conference opponents.

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