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Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

With rumors about Marcus Giles flying around like trailers in a tornado, it seemed likely that the veteran second baseman would be turning double plays somewhere other than Turner Field in 2007. Atlanta's need to invest its payroll in other directions is the primary reason for the Giles rumors. Cheaper options also make the situation viable. The organization's depth at second base has become deeper so far this offseason with the performances of several prospects.

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Tigers Organization Report

Chris Kline -Premium Content

The Tigers sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League this season, but the two creating the most buzz were pitchers. Righthanders Jordan Tata and Virgil Vasquez performed well in the AFL, both keeping their ERAs below 4.00 in the hitter-friendly league. Tata, a 2003 16th-round pick out of Sam Houston State, was the most impressive, flashing three quality pitches led by his 90-93 mph sinker and his cut fastball, which topped out at 94.

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Rockies Organization Report

Jack Etkin -Premium Content

he Rockies stayed within the organization to fill their coaching vacancies when Alan Cockrell and Glenallen Hill were promoted to the big leagues. Cockrell was hired as hitting coach and Hill as first-base coach, a job that also entails outfield and baserunning instruction. Hill began last season, his third in the organization, as hitting coach at high Class A Modesto. But when Modesto manager Chad Kreuter resigned in early June to become coach at Southern California, Hill, who played 13 years in the big leagues, managed the Nuts for the final three months of the season.

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White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Left field no longer appears to be a way to get Josh Fields onto a White Sox roster that includes Joe Crede. That was the conclusion of manager Ozzie Guillen after Fields' work in winter ball ended early. He returned from the Venezuelan League, along with outfielders Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney, lefthander Heath Phillips and righthander Sean Tracey, after Razor Shines was dismissed as manager of La Guaira there.

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