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Reds Add Conine To Bench

Jim Callis -

The Reds were looking for a righthanded hitter who could platoon with Scott Hatteberg at first base and also man the outfield corners. They got their man Thursday in Jeff Conine, who came over from the Phillies in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, outfielder Javon Moran and third baseman Brad Key.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who has more upside, Brandon McCarthy or John Danks? What's the story behind the Pirates' recent Cuban signee, righthander Yoslan Herrera? What about the Red Sox' other Japanese import, Hideki Okajima?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Blue Jays Organization Report

Larry Millson -Premium Content

This was a different kind of Rule 5 pick than the ones that longtime Blue Jays fans remember. The organization had a nice little run with their Rule 5 picks in the 1980s with players like Willie Upshaw, George Bell, Jim Acker, Jim Gott, Kelly Gruber and Manny Lee. Those guys were drafted as young players with potential who became regulars down the line. But in the latest draft at the Winter Meetings, the Blue Jays took an older utility infielder in Jason Smith, 29, from the Cubs.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Toronto Blue Jays