Majors

Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Detroit Tigers Houston Astros Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Miami Marlins Milwaukee Brewers Minnesota Twins New York Mets New York Yankees Oakland Athletics Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners St. Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Rays Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays Washington Nationals

Browse Articles

Astros Organization Report

Brian McTaggart -Premium Content

There is perhaps no bigger hurdle for a pitcher making the long return from surgery than climbing back onto the mound for the first time, an obstacle righthander Jared Gothreaux cleared March 5. Gothreaux, who went 3-8, 4.29 in 86 innings at Triple-A Round Rock last year before having surgery to repair a tendon in his elbow last August, pitched one inning with a walk in the Astros' 4-3 spring-training loss to the Phillies in Clearwater.

Majors | #2006#Houston Astros#Organization Reports

Marlins Organization Report

Mike Berardino -Premium Content

Brett Hayes made a quick impression in his first professional season. Unfortunately, bad luck kept the catcher from doing the same in his first big league training camp. Hayes, 22, broke the hamate bone in his left wrist while swinging through a pitch during an intrasquad scrimmage early in camp. He was expected to miss four to six weeks, and he was hoping it would be closer to the short end of that projection.

Majors | #2006#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Angels Organization Report

Bill Shakin -Premium Content

The Angels had their share of stars in the World Baseball Classic, including Bartolo Colon pitching for the Dominican Republic and Francisco Rodriguez for Venezuela. They also had Michael Collins catching for Australia. He did not start for Australia and isn't close to the major leagues, but the Angels have high hopes for him.

Majors | #2006#Los Angeles Angels#Organization Reports

NL West Organization Reports

Premium Content

PHOENIX—Bill Murphy kept Team USA perfect in the regional qualifying event for the 2006 Olympic Games in Phoenix in mid-November, although he was perfectly miserable doing it. The 24-year-old lefthander allowed a lone run over six innings for the victory in a 5-2 decision over Canada to cap Team USA's five-game winning streak in the qualifier despite learning the night before that he had been taken off the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster prior to the winter meetings.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

NL East Organization Reports

Premium Content

ATLANTA—No one was surprised that it was business as usual for John Schuerholz at the winter meetings in Dallas. It also was not considered a shocker that every move made by the Atlanta general manager had a direct effect on the team's farm system. The most notable transaction came on the meetings' final day when Schuerholz sent third baseman Andy Marte to the Red Sox in exchange for veteran Edgar Renteria, who will replace the departed Rafael Furcal at shortstop. Originally signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 for $600,000, Marte had lived up to the organization's initial high expectations by emerging as the Braves' top prospect.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

NL West Organization Reports

Premium Content

PHOENIX—The Diamondbacks acquired Chris Young to be their center fielder of the future, but excuse Young if he has a more urgent timetable. "Honestly, my major goal is to break spring training with the big league team. It's not my decision if I go back down, of course, but I feel like I'm ready to play at the major league level. I need to prove it to the top officials," Young said from his home in Houston. "I feel like I'll be competing for the (major league center field) job. I want to show them what I have, all the aspects of my game."

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

NL Central Organization Reports

Premium Content

CHICAGO—The Cubs traded for speedy Juan Pierre, picked up free agent Jacque Jones and were trying to trade for shortstop Miguel Tejada. But the Cubs made another move that few fans paid attention to but could be just as important for the organization when they hired Tim Wilken as their director of amateur and professional scouting. He replaces John Stockstill, who moved on to become an assistant general manager with Baltimore.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

NL East Organization Reports

Premium Content

ATLANTA—The Braves entered 2006 pleased with their progress in retooling the everyday lineup, yet realized an opening might remain on pitching coach Roger McDowell's staff. That scenario is fine with Chuck James, who is not lacking any confidence when it comes to believing he can fill a void. I'm ready to get there," said James, who is coming off a 2005 campaign in which he tied for the organization lead with 13 wins. "I think I got a pretty good chance to make the team. I want to get there and keep things rolling. The two weeks I was up there last season, it was unreal."

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

NL West Organization Reports

Premium Content

PHOENIX—At 20 years and three months, Edgar Gonzalez was the second-youngest pitcher to win a major league game in 2003. Although Gonzalez has not won a big league game in the two years since, new general manager Josh Byrnes appears committed to building through youth, and the Diamondbacks still envision Gonzalez as a contributing member of their future rotation.

Majors | #2006#Arizona Diamondbacks#Organization Reports

NL East Organization Reports

Premium Content

ATLANTA—It was easy to deem the Braves' December deal that shipped catcher Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks as insignificant. After all, part of the strategy involved creating an opening for Brian McCann to handle the starting chores behind the plate. Yet with every appearance Oscar Villarreal has made this winter in Mexico, the Braves have grown more confident that the offseason trade will play a significant role in upgrading the Atlanta bullpen. The righthander, who the Braves acquired from Arizona along with righthander Lance Cormier, helped Hermosillo advance to the second round of the winter playoffs versus Guasave. In three postseason outings, Villarreal earned a save while allowing only one hit in three shutout innings.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports

NL Central Organization Reports

Premium Content

CHICAGO—Last year, the Cubs traded Sammy Sosa to the Orioles for Jerry Hairston plus minor league infielder Mike Fontenot and minor league righthander David Crouthers. The minor leaguers didn't pan out so well, as Crouthers retired after spring training and Fontenot played in just seven major league games in 2005 and is no longer on the 40-man roster.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

NL East Organization Reports

Premium Content

ATLANTA—It was easy to deem the Braves' December deal that shipped catcher Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks as insignificant. After all, part of the strategy involved creating an opening for Brian McCann to handle the starting chores behind the plate. Yet with every appearance Oscar Villarreal has made this winter in Mexico, the Braves have grown more confident that the offseason trade will play a significant role in upgrading the Atlanta bullpen. The righthander, who the Braves acquired from Arizona along with righthander Lance Cormier, helped Hermosillo advance to the second round of the winter playoffs versus Guasave. In three postseason outings, Villarreal earned a save while allowing only one hit in three shutout innings.

Majors | #2006#Atlanta Braves#Organization Reports