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Mets Organization Report

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Every player has one veteran colleague or a retired player who moves him. For Lastings Milledge, that player is Frank Robinson. Milledge never saw Robinson play because his career ended almost 10 years before Milledge was born. But he knows about the Hall of Famer, and on March 13 he wanted Robinson to know about him. The Mets were playing Robinson's Nationals in Port St. Lucie, and Milledge wanted to give him something to see, or as he put it, "I wanted to show him what I've got."

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Brewers Organization Report

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No Brewers prospect took a bigger step backward over the past year and a half than righthander Ben Hendrickson. Considered the top pitcher in the farm system in 2004, Hendrickson had a disastrous stay with the Brewers late that season, going 1-8, 6.22 in 46 innings. At the time, he looked nothing like the pitcher who went 11-3, 2.02 at Triple-A Indianapolis while claiming 2004 International League pitcher of the year honors.

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Astros Organization Report

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NL West Organization Reports

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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.

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NL East Organization Reports

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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.

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NL West Organization Reports

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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."

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NL Central Organization Reports

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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.

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NL East Organization Reports

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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."

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NL West Organization Reports

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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.

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