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The 31st Team, Part I

Jim Callis -Premium Content

We celebrate the arrival of the 2007 Prospect Handbook with our 31st Team, the annual collection of the players who were squeezed out of the book for one reason or another. This year's group is so large that it has been split into two parts.

Minors | #2007#Column

Samardzija’s Bonus Won’t Set Record

Sources say two-sport standout Jeff Samardzija, a fifth-round pick of the Cubs last June, did not receive a signing bonus that could have amounted to a record $7.25 million. But he could get that amount or more in the near future as the Cubs try to sign him to a baseball-only contract.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Bulletin

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What would the All-America team look like if players had to go to college for three years before being drafted? Who are the game's best players over the age of 35? What level of professional baseball are the winter leagues comparable to? What has happened to Kyle Sleeth and Tim Stauffer, the third and fourth picks in the 2003 draft?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who are the game's best players and pitchers under the age of 25? Who can the Devil Rays take with the No. 1 pick in 2007 who can make an immediate impact? What kind of stuff does Yankees lefthander Kei Igawa have?

Minors | #2007#Ask BA

BA Crew, Award Winners Make For Best Gala Yet

Will Lingo -Premium Content

The Baseball America Awards Gala has been a special event for us from the first year of its existence (2001 in Boston). We're happy that it has become a major event on the Winter Meetings calendar as well. But even with the high bar past events have established, this year's event was special.

Minors | #2007#Column