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Derailed On His Way To Stardom

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

By now, B.J. Upton was supposed to be a star. Maybe he wasn't going to be the next Derek Jeter, as he so boasted innocently on the June 4, 2002, afternoon the Devil Rays made him the No. 2 pick in the nation. But he certainly didn't expect to be spending the spring of his fifth pro season shuffling around the back fields working at a handful of different positions, still seeking the chance to spend his first full season in the majors, and in a role similar to that of Angels' super utilityman Chone Figgins.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

New Year, New Hopes For Indians

Andy Call -Premium Content

Perhaps the most viable wish for Cleveland fans is that this year's team proves to be just as unpredictable as last year's. The 2006 season certainly didn't go according to form for the Indians. The young team that had won 93 games a year earlier dropped to 78. The bullpen that had been the best in baseball a year earlier dropped to 24th in relief ERA (4.66). The team outscored its opponents by nearly 100 runs (870-782)—and scored the second-most runs in the big leagues—yet still finished six games under .500 and in fourth place in the American League Central.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Lefthander Ricky Romero, the first pitcher taken in the 2005 draft, got a lot done in a limited time during his first full professional season last year. He went 2-3, 2.75 in the final month of the season to put a better spin on his 2-7, 5.08 numbers in 67 innings at Double-A New Hampshire. Now he appears on track to take a shot at the major league rotation by 2008.

Majors | #2007#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Athletics Organization Report

Casey Tefertiller -Premium Content

Not so long ago, Javier Herrera seemed on the speed cycle bound for the big leagues. A multi-tooled outfielder blessed with ability and enthusiasm, he seemed to possess the package that could make him a big leaguer quickly. Then, suddenly, everything went wrong. First there was that positive steroid test back in 2005 that led to suspension. The following spring, he went down with arm troubles that led to Tommy John surgery and caused him to miss the entire season.

Majors | #2007#Oakland Athletics#Organization Reports