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Angels Deal Chatwood To Upgrade At Catcher

Matt Eddy -

Catchers have been the hottest commodity on the trade market this offseason, and no team had a more acute need for an upgrade at the position than the Angels. That's why Los Angeles dealt promising 21-year-old righthander Tyler Chatwood to the Rockies for heavy-hitting backstop Chris Iannetta.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Marlins Deal John Baker To Padres For Wade LeBlanc

Matt Eddy -

The Marlins and Padres brokered a minor trade, each dealing from surplus, just two days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Lefthander Wade LeBlanc, a Padres second-round selection in 2006 with nearly 300 big league innings under his belt, heads to Miami, while 30-year-old, lefty-hitting catcher John Baker moves to San Diego.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Book Review: Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900

James Bailey -

David Nemec's obsession with 19th-century baseball dates back to his junior year of high school in the mid-1950s. His fascination hasn't wavered in the half century since. His ambitious undertaking to catalog the debut and finale dates of every 19th-century major leaguer expanded into something even greater: Write a short biography for every player who suited up in a major league contest from 1871-1900. While he eventually settled on anyone who had one year as a qualifier for a league's batting or ERA title, what was left still weighed in at over 1,200 pages, in a two-volume set entitled "Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900" released this fall by University of Nebraska Press.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide