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Padres Deal Double-A Pair To White Sox For Quentin

Matt Eddy -

The Padres finished last in the National League in home runs and slugging percentage last year, and that's a feat they're unlikely to duplicate after trading two pitching prospects to the White Sox for right fielder Carlos Quentin. Chicago received righthander Simon Castro and lefty Pedro Hernandez, both members of the 40-man roster who finished the 2011 season in Double-A.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Nats Trade Four Prospects To A’s For Gio Gonzalez

Matt Eddy -

Sensing their opportunity may be at hand after a third-place finish in the National League East, the Nationals swapped four prospects to the Athletics for 26-year-old lefthander Gio Gonzalez. Oakland received righthanders Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, who ranked as Washington's Nos. 3 and 4 prospects this offseaon, catcher Derek Norris and strike-throwing lefthander Tom Milone.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Reds Acquire Marshall From Division-Rival Cubs

Matt Eddy -

Fresh of the acquisition of Mat Latos, the Reds continued their pursuit of top-flight arms on the trade market by sending 24-year-old lefty Travis Wood, one of Cincinnati's top pitching prospects just two years ago, and two other players to the Cubs for power lefty reliever Sean Marshall and the one year remaining on his contract.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

The Best Baseball Books Of 2011

James Bailey -

In March 2010, Little, Brown outbid seven other publishers for the rights to an unemployed author's first book, paying $650,000 to publish Chad Harbach's tale about a slick-fielding shortstop at a fictional Division III college in Wisconsin. It was a highly unusual transaction for a debut novel targeted at a male audience. The publisher was vindicated, however, by a constant flow of praise in the months leading up to the release of "The Art of Fielding," certainly unprecedented among baseball novels. The book lived up to its hype, landing a coveted place on the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011 list. It also tops ours, the only work of fiction to win a spot.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide

Reds Deal From Prospect Depth To Acquire Latos

John Manuel -

Cincinnati sensed that the tide may be turning in the NL Central this offseason, so the Reds decided to make their move. They traded two of their blocked prospects, first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal, plus former all-star righty Edinson Volquez and righthanded relief prospect Brad Boxberger, to the Padres for 24-year-old righthander Mat Latos, one of the top young power pitchers in the NL.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Astros Add Lowrie, Trade Melancon To Red Sox

Matt Eddy -

New Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow's search continues for a catcher to cover for the injured Jason Castro, but odds are he found his shortstop in a trade with the Red Sox. Houston sent its first-year closer Mark Melancon to Boston for Jed Lowrie as well as righthander Kyle Weiland.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Book Review: September Nights

Joel Poiley -

In September Nights, Rays pitcher James Shields and author Bill Chastain detail with behind the scenes insight what the team went through on the field and inside the locker room as it pursued its second World Series appearance in three years.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide