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Marlins-Nats Make Trade

Matt Eddy -

The Marlins cleared further payroll by trading two more young veterans, lefthander Scott Olsen and left fielder Josh Willingham, to the Nationals for a trio of young players: second basemen Emilio Bonifacio and Jake Smolinski and righthander P.J. Dean.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Holliday Traded To A’s

Matt Eddy -

The defending National League-champion Rockies had been rumored to be shopping slugging left fielder Matt Holliday ever since their 2008 season officially went in the tank. They finally traded him to Oakland for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, righthander Huston Street and lefty Greg Smith to Colorado.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Late Bloomer

Lacy Lusk -Premium Content

In the past year, Michael Martinez has shown durability and versatility. The late-blooming middle infielder is playing shortstop for his second straight winter for Estrellas de Oriente. In between those trips to his native Dominican Republic, he played a full season at high Class A Potomac for the Carolina League champions.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

His Time Has Come

Larry Millson -Premium Content

Curtis Thigpen used to be considered the cream of the Blue Jays' crop of catching prospects. The catching situation has since strengthened with the progress made by J.P. Arencibia and Brian Jeroloman. It means the future has arrived for Thigpen. Spring training in 2009 could determine whether that future includes Thigpen as a backup to Rod Barajas, who will be back after taking over the No. 1 job from Gregg Zaun.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays

Something To Believe In

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

No one has ever questioned Desmond Jennings' tools. The Rays' center field prospect is a tremendous athlete, but injuries have caused him to spend more time on the trainer's table than in the lineup. Jennings was healthy this fall, however, and was in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the taxi squad for the Peoria Javelinas.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays