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Angels Deal Chatwood To Upgrade At Catcher

Matt Eddy -

Catchers have been the hottest commodity on the trade market this offseason, and no team had a more acute need for an upgrade at the position than the Angels. That's why Los Angeles dealt promising 21-year-old righthander Tyler Chatwood to the Rockies for heavy-hitting backstop Chris Iannetta.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

2011 Freitas Award Winners

The Freitas Awards are Baseball America's annual awards honoring the best operators in Minor League Baseball. They are named after Bob Freitas, a longtime ambassador of minor league baseball who helped operators around the country. The following are the 2011 Freitas Award winners.

Minors | #2011#Awards#Freitas Awards

Marlins Deal John Baker To Padres For Wade LeBlanc

Matt Eddy -

The Marlins and Padres brokered a minor trade, each dealing from surplus, just two days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Lefthander Wade LeBlanc, a Padres second-round selection in 2006 with nearly 300 big league innings under his belt, heads to Miami, while 30-year-old, lefty-hitting catcher John Baker moves to San Diego.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

Book Review: Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900

James Bailey -

David Nemec's obsession with 19th-century baseball dates back to his junior year of high school in the mid-1950s. His fascination hasn't wavered in the half century since. His ambitious undertaking to catalog the debut and finale dates of every 19th-century major leaguer expanded into something even greater: Write a short biography for every player who suited up in a major league contest from 1871-1900. While he eventually settled on anyone who had one year as a qualifier for a league's batting or ERA title, what was left still weighed in at over 1,200 pages, in a two-volume set entitled "Major League Baseball Profiles, 1871-1900" released this fall by University of Nebraska Press.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide

Book Review: Flip Flop Fly Ball

James Bailey -

While many fans find both left- and right-brain appeal in baseball, few are better at wedding them than Craig Robinson, who joins baseball and infographics on his quirky Flip Flop Fly Ball website. Through his unique graphics, Robinson draws meaning out of a world of numbers and provides context for a boundless range of matters, many of which you never realized you were curious about—at least until you saw it sketched out in full color. He pulls off the same trick in a new book.

Majors | #2011#Book Guide