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White Sox Organization Report

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

Most observers considered Kyle McCulloch a safe pick when the White Sox took him with the 29th pick overall in this year's draft. He has pitched like one in his transition as a professional. McCulloch, who went 27-11 in his three seasons at Texas, signed for a $1.05 million bonus with the defending World Series champions quickly enough to get a significant workload. He opened at Rookie-level Great Falls before being promoted to the high Class A Carolina League.

Majors | #2006#Chicago White Sox#Organization Reports

Cubs Organization Report

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

For a kid growing up in Springfield, Ill., and rooting for the Cubs, not much for lefthander Ryan O'Malley could beat meeting his idol Ryne Sandberg in spring training. But the 26-year-old O'Malley trumped that thrill on Aug. 16 when he learned he had been promoted from the Triple-A Iowa rotation to Chicago. Because the Cubs had used all available pitchers in an 18-inning game in Houston the night before, they opted to call up O'Malley, who was with Iowa in nearby Round Rock.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Red Sox Organization Report

John Tomase -Premium Content

Outfielder David Murphy has experienced pretty much every emotion since being the first pick of Theo Epstein's first draft class in 2003. He knows what it's like to be compared with Fred Lynn. And he knows what it's like to be considered a bust, after a foot injury wrecked his 2004 season. But none of that matters now that Murphy knows another thing—what it's like to be a big leaguer.

Majors | #2006#Boston Red Sox#Organization Reports

Braves Organization Report

Bill Ballew -Premium Content

The past two seasons for J.C. Holt have been eerily similar, but the high Class A Myrtle Beach second baseman is certain the results are nothing more than a coincidence. Holt, the Braves' third-round pick in 2004, got off to a slow start in 2005, and his batting average stood at just .215 on July 1. A strong finish that included hits in 12 of his last 13 games got him to .268.

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Diamondbacks Organization Report

Jack Magruder -Premium Content

Cyle Hankerd (pronounced like Kyle) swung the biggest bat in the Northwest League this season, earning league MVP honors after hitting .384/.424/.519 with short-season Yakima. He was rewarded with a late-season promotion to high Class A Lancaster. Hankerd finished 41 points ahead of runner-up Chad Huffman in the NWL batting race, after batting .383 with 10 home runs and 15 doubles in 58 games at Southern California this year.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

Dodgers Add Anderson To Bench

Jim Callis -

The National League West-leading Dodgers added to their bench just before Thursday's deadline for acquiring players who will be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles picked up Marlon Anderson from the Nationals in exchange for Rookie-ball righthander Jhonny Nunez. Washington also kicked in some cash to cover part of Anderson's remaining contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Braves Keep Striving, Deal For Ward

Jim Callis -

Though they rank eighth in the National League wild-card race, the Braves haven't given up hope of making the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season. They added to their bench on Thursday by acquiring Daryle Ward from the Nationals for Class A righthander Luis Atilano.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Cubs Send Nevin Back To AL

Jim Callis -

The Cubs traded for Phil Nevin in May, when they still hoped to contend and needed an injury replacement for Derrek Lee. Chicago's situation has changed drastically since then, so it sent Nevin to the Twins for a player to be named on Thursday, the last day players could be dealt and remain eligible for the postseason. The Cubs also contributed cash toward Nevin's 2006 salary.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Padres Pay Dearly For Month Of Wells

Jim Callis -

The National League playoff races are extremely tight, with only the Mets assured of a postseason berth and 10 clubs within five games of one of the other three spots. With several teams looking for starting pitching help and little available, the Padres parted with a quality catching prospect on Thursday to obtain David Wells from the Red Sox. The deal officially was consumated for a player to be named, but baseball sources have confirmed that Boston will receive George Kottaras.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Desperate Bosox Add Burns To Bullpen

Jim Callis -

The Red Sox are nosediving out of playoff contention, in part because their pitching staff has imploded. Boston made a minor move Monday in an attempt to bolster its bullpen, acquiring Mike Burns from the Reds for Tim Bausher and cash in an exchange of Triple-A righthanders.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Phillies Make Another Deal For Today

Jim Callis -

As the Phillies continue to make up ground in the National League wild-card race, they continue to make deals to help their cause. A week after trading for Jamie Moyer—and a month after seemingly giving up on their season by giving up Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle and Rheal Cormier—Philadelphia acquired Jeff Conine from the Orioles on Sunday for Triple-A shortstop Angel Chavez. Baltimore also included cash to offset the remainder of Conine's contract.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Angels Organization Report

Bill Shaikin -Premium Content

The Angels appear set at shortstop, with Orlando Cabrera signed through 2008 and Brandon Wood slugging away at Double-A Arkansas. They like Erick Aybar at Triple-A Salt Lake too, although they included him in trade offers for Miguel Tejada and Carlos Lee. But they'll almost certainly add another middle infield prospect to their 40-man roster this fall.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports