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ATLANTA—Mention the name Owings in baseball circles throughout Georgia and the first name that will come to mind is Micah. That's understandable, as the former two-way standout challenged the national high school career home run record in Gainesville prior to earning recognition in college for his abilities on the mound and at the plate for three years at Georgia Tech. He then transferred to Tulane for his senior season and is now considered one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks organization.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

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PHOENIX—Lefthander Kellen Raab appears to be developing into the kind of diamond in the rough that the Diamondbacks pride themselves on acquiring in the later stages of the draft. Top pitching prospect Dustin Nippert was a 15th-round choice in 2002, and the 6-foot-6 Raab was not taken until the 25th round in 2003 out of Wisconisn-Parkside when the persistence of area scout Mike Daughtry allowed Arizona to land him. In his first full season in 2005, Raabe went 7-6, 4.44 for low Class A South Bend.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

NL Central Organization Reports

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CHICAGO—Scott Moore has yet to play a game above the Class A level after four seasons in the minors. But the Cubs are so impressed with the Long Beach native's potential that they were afraid to lose him in December's Rule 5 draft and placed him on the 40-man roster. The reasons are pretty simple.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

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ATLANTA—The Braves already have Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and they hope they found another version of him Down Under. Matt Kennelly, who recently helped guide Western Australia to the under-18 Australian championship in Geelong, showed considerable natural ability in his first stint behind the plate during instructional league and drew favorable comparisons to the Braves' top prospect.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

Padres, Rangers Complete Six-Player Swap

Aaron Fitt -

The Rangers and Padres swapped double-digit winners while addressing other needs on their big league rosters. Texas dealt righthander Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge for righthanders Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka and minor league catcher Billy Killian.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mets, Dodgers Swap Arms

J.J. Cooper -

Looking to add another starting pitching option, the Dodgers picked up Mets righthander Jae Seo and lefthander Tim Hamulack for righthanders Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll in the first significant trade of 2006.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Jays Lessen Corner Glut By Dumping Koskie

Jim Callis -

After trading for Lyle Overbay and Troy Glaus in December—and with Shea Hillenbrand, Eric Hinske and Corey Koskie already on hand—the Blue Jays had more corner infielders than they knew what to do with. They added a little clarity to the situation on Friday, dealing Koskie to the Brewers for Double-A righthander Brian Wolfe. Toronto also kicked in $7.25 million toward the remainder of Koskie's contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Give Up On Patterson, Deal Him To Orioles

Jim Callis -

When the Cubs took Corey Patterson with the third overall pick in 1998, he was supposed to be a cornerstone of their future success. Instead, the Patterson era in Chicago ended with a whimper on Monday, as the Cubs traded him to the Orioles for two Class A prospects, second baseman Nate Spears and lefthander Carlos Perez.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Baez Deal Makes Sense For Dodgers, Rays

Jim Callis -

In a trade that has been panned by some critics on both sides, the Dodgers acquired Danys Baez, Lance Carter and a player to be named later from the Devil Rays on Saturday for a pair of pitching prospects, Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany. But the deal is a good fit for both clubs.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Orioles Bolster Rotation With Benson

Jim Callis -

The Orioles had their share of pitching problems in 2005, as both their staff as a whole (4.56) and their starters as a group (4.82) ranked 23rd in the majors in ERA. They took a step to address that flaw on Saturday, acquiring Kris Benson from the Mets for Jorge Julio and John Maine.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Tribe Gets Michaels As Prelude To Crisp Deal

Jim Callis -

The Indians pulled off a six-player trade with the Red Sox on Friday in which Coco Crisp and third-base prospect Andy Marte were the principals, but they first set the stage for that deal with a smaller one earlier in the day. Cleveland replaced Crisp in left field by obtaining Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Red Sox Find Damon’s Successor

Jim Callis -

It took more than five weeks, but the Red Sox finally found their replacement for departed free agent Johnny Damon. On Friday, they acquired Coco Crisp, along with David Riske and Josh Bard, from the Indians for top prospect Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota and either a player to be named or cash. Cleveland made a second deal to replace Crisp in its outfield, getting Jason Michaels from the Phillies for Arthur Rhodes.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Mariners, White Sox Exchange Failed First-Rounders

Jim Callis -

Two ballyhooed former first-round picks changed organizations on Monday. The White Sox sent outfielder Joe Borchard, whose $5.3 million bonus in 2000 stood as a draft record until Justin Upton signed for $6.1 million in January, for lefthander Matt Thornton, the biggest surprise selection in 1998's first round.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

NL West Organization Reports

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TUCSON—As if Stephen Drew and Justin Upton were not enough. The Diamondbacks further fortified their middle-infield depth with their first trade of the spring, adding second baseman/shortstop Alberto Callaspo for 2001 first-round pick Jason Bulger, each team dealing from a perceived position of strength. Callaspo had been caught in a numbers game with the Angels, who also have elite infield prospects Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick in their system.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Cruz, Halsey Change Addresses Again

Jim Callis -

Two pitchers accustomed to getting traded had it happen again on Sunday as Juan Cruz went to the Diamondbacks in a deal that sent Brad Halsey to the Athletics. Cruz was traded twice in 2004, first from the Cubs to the Braves for prospects and then to the Athletics for Tim Hudson. Halsey was part of the Randy Johnson trade with the Yankees in January 2005.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

NL Central Organization Reports

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MESA, Ariz.—There was a time when Randy Wells was hoping to catch guys like Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano at the major league level. But when he arrived at Fitch Park for his first major league camp as a non-roster player this year, he wasn't catching anyone. He was doing his drills with the pitchers.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Cubs Deal Surplus Pitcher To Marlins

Jim Callis -

The Cubs have a surplus of pitchers competing for major league jobs, while the Marlins are looking for arms after their offseason fire sale. That made the two clubs natural trading partners, and they consummated a deal on Tuesday. Chicago sent Todd Wellemeyer to Florida for a pair of pitching prospects, Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central