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Reds Add Conine To Bench

Jim Callis -

The Reds were looking for a righthanded hitter who could platoon with Scott Hatteberg at first base and also man the outfield corners. They got their man Thursday in Jeff Conine, who came over from the Phillies in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, outfielder Javon Moran and third baseman Brad Key.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

This was a different kind of Rule 5 pick than the ones that longtime Blue Jays fans remember. The organization had a nice little run with their Rule 5 picks in the 1980s with players like Willie Upshaw, George Bell, Jim Acker, Jim Gott, Kelly Gruber and Manny Lee. Those guys were drafted as young players with potential who became regulars down the line. But in the latest draft at the Winter Meetings, the Blue Jays took an older utility infielder in Jason Smith, 29, from the Cubs.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Though players have been defecting from Cuba to the United States since Rene Arocha signed with the Cardinals before the 1993 season, the Pirates hadn't landed anyone since Fidel Castro's communist regime overthrew the government of the island nation in 1959. That finally changed as the Pirates reached an agreement with righthander Yoslan Herrera. The deal had not been completed, but it was expected to be a three-year major league contact.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Mets Organization Report

Adam Rubin -Premium Content

The Mets lost catching prospect Jesus Flores to Washington in the Rule 5 draft, with new Nationals manager and former Mets coach Manny Acta undoubtedly playing a role in that selection. But the Mets had inside info, too, when they selected lefthanded pitcher Ricardo Morales from the Nats in the Triple-A phase of the draft.

Majors | #2006#New York Mets#Organization Reports