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Double-A Phase A Dud

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The whole Rule 5 draft doesn’t do it for a lot of the writers here; obviously we get excited about it while realizing it’s not a huge deal. But the […]

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Triple-A Phase Complete

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Thirty-six players picked; the Double-A phase has begun. I’m going to keep my ears open for intersting names but frankly the biggest names I heard late in the Triple-A phase […]

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Some Triple-A Phase Picks

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Shortstop Smelin Perez goes to the Marlins (from the Pirates), while the Reds take Juan Apodaca from the Dodgers system. RHP Santo Luis of the Astros goes to the White […]

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Triple-A Phase Set To Begin

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Here comes the minor league phase, Triple-A phase first. Rays select Rashad Eldridge, outfielder, from the Twins system. Then the Pirates take righthander Josh Hill, from — surprise! — the […]

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Nationals Take Another Turn

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Everyone passing in the second round but the Nationals go again, taking Garrett Guzman from the Twins. Wow, the Twins are losing some guys. Guzman’s another guy from Chris’ preview. […]

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Mariners Go With Dickey

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The Twins lose another player, but it’s Triple-A veteran R.A. Dickey; the Mariners took him. The Mets then took Rockies closer prospect Steven Register from the Rockies. Mike Gardner, who […]

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Barton Gone

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Brian Barton to the Cardinals; the Twins pass, first team to do so, followed by the Dodgers. The Blue Jays took Randy Wells from the Cubs organization, the first player […]

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Nationals Take Whitney

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Matt Whitney to the Nats, and the Astros take Wes Wright from the Dodgers, a lefthander. The picks are coming fast and furious, too fast for commentary right now, but […]

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Bierd Third

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Randor Bierd goes third to the Orioles; lefty Jose Capellan goes to the Giants next. We’ve written up Bierd; Capellan is a young lefty with a bad body but decent […]

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Rule 5 On

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The first pick goes to the Rays taking righthander Tim Lahey from the Twins. He’s a converted catcher from Princeton who throws 90-92 mph with a slider. The Twins also […]

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Rule 5 Blog Coming Soon

John Manuel -

Well, this is far from the ideal setup. The Rule 5 draft is being held in the Presidential Ballroom here at the Opryland Hotel, and as we found out at […]

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Rule 5 Eve Rundown

Chris Kline -

NASHVILLE–Word on the street in Music City in advance of Thursday’s Rule 5 draft came fast and furious late Wednesday night. According to several sources, the Padres are planning on […]

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Astros’ James Has Surgery

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NASHVILLE–Astros righthander Brad James will undergo surgery next week to have a screw inserted in his fractured right foot. James will be in a boot for six weeks, and is […]

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Barton Rumors, Part Deux

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NASHVILLE–Earlier today, Indians outfielder Brian Barton was the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. But hold the phone. One source close to the Rays […]

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