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Unrest unlikely to sideline players

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By Giner Garcia and John ManuelJanuary 31, 2003 The prolonged civil unrest in Venezuela forced the cancellation of the nation’s 2002-2003 winter league, but Major League Baseball officials do not […]

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Dodgers pick up disappointing Ward

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By Josh BoydJanuary 25, 2003 Finally tiring of waiting for Daryle Ward to produce, the Astros traded him to the Dodgers on Saturday for minor league righthander Ruddy Lugo. There […]

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Arizona double play for Royals

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By Alan EskewJanuary 24, 2003 The Kansas City Royals wanted to have two teams in the short-season Appalachian League, but instead will have two in the Rookie-level Arizona League after […]

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Venezuelan League pulls plug

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By Rafael Rojas CemonesiJanuary 16, 2003 CARACAS, Venezuela–The Venezuelan League decided to cancel the remainder of the 2002-2003 season and postseason, after more than a month of suspended games due […]

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Where they come from

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By Allan SimpsonJanuary 16, 2003 With baseball’s continued globalization and the prospects for a worldwide draft, the number of foreigners playing Major League Baseball is both a relevant and growing […]

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Jays finally get Griffin

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By Jim Callis January 7, 2003 When the Athletics got Erubiel Durazo in a four-club trade at the Winter Meetings, it almost immediately was rumored that the Blue Jays would […]

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A’s add Fikac to bullpen

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By Jim CallisJanuary 2, 2003 Athletics general manager Billy Beane specializes in picking up useful players at little expense, and he may have done it again on Thursday. Oakland got […]

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2003 Trade Central

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Whenever there’s a trade involving a major leaguer or a Prospect Handbook-caliber minor leaguer, we’ll provide in-depth analysis. Acquire: RHP Wilton Chavez, Iowa (AAA) Dec. 19 • Cubs trade spare […]

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Pirates pick up Herges

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By Jim CallisDecember 20, 2002 It won’t win the Pirates the National League Central, but a Friday trade gave them an alternative if they decide to trade all-star closer Mike […]

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Braves give Millwood to Phillies

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By Jim Callis December 20, 2002 In a shocking trade, the Braves sent Kevin Millwood to the Phillies for Johnny Estrada on Friday. Millwood immediately became the No. 1 starter […]

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Contreras declared a free agent

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By Kevin BaxterDecember 19, 2002 Jose ContrerasPhoto: Patty Ortin MIAMI–Cuban defector Jose Contreras has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball after establishing residency in Nicaragua, opening the […]

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Braves continue rotation makeover

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By Jim Callis December 17, 2002 After trading for Mike Hampton and losing Tom Glavine via free agency, the Braves continued an overhaul of their starting rotation on Wednesday. Atlanta […]

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Braves replace Remlinger with King

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By Jim CallisDecember 16, 2002 The Braves were stung this offseason when they lost all-star lefthanded reliever Mike Remlinger to the Cubs via free agency. On Monday, Atlanta moved to […]

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Red Sox keep dealing, add Crespo

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By Jim Callis December 16, 2002 New Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein made his third trade in five days on Sunday. After previously solidifying the right side of Boston’s […]

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