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Book Review: September Nights

Joel Poiley -

In September Nights, Rays pitcher James Shields and author Bill Chastain detail with behind the scenes insight what the team went through on the field and inside the locker room as it pursued its second World Series appearance in three years.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide

Florida Teams Swap Badenhop For Jefferies

Tim Ednoff -

In their continuous annual quest to build an effective bullpen on the cheap, the Tampa Bay Rays picked up a potential useful piece in a trade with the Miami Marlins for RHP Burke Badenhop. With a strong bullpen intact and Badenhop eligible for arbitration for the first time, the Miami Marlins felt they could part with the potential non-tender candidate. In exchange for Badenhop, the Rays will send minor league catcher Jake Jefferies to their interstate brethren.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Where would Jorge Soler fit on the Top 100 Prospects list? Following the Trevor Cahill trade, is Jarrod Parker now the Athletics' No. 1 prospect? What conditions are attached to picking players in the Triple-A and Double-A phases of the Rule 5 draft?

Minors | #2011#Ask BA

D-Backs Borrow Against Future To Acquire Cahill

Matt Eddy -

The Diamondbacks borrowed against their future to acquire one of the top arms available on the trade market, sending 23-year-old righthander Jarrod Parker and two other prospects to the Athletics for groundball machine Trevor Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow. Oakland also received center fielder Collin Cowgill and righthanded reliever Ryan Cook.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central