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Pirates Add Oliver And Robinson

John Perrotto -Premium Content

The two trades weren't the kind that might gain Pirates general manager Neal Huntington the nickname "Wheel and Deal Neal." However, acquiring a pair of stalled prospects—lefthander Andrew Oliver from the Tigers and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Royals—is the kind of low-risk, high-reward move Huntington likes to make as the GM of a small-market team that has had 20 consecutive losing seasons.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Reds Have Depth Behind The Plate

John Fay -Premium Content

Everyone knows who the No. 1 catching prospect in the Reds organization is. Devin Mesoraco is the catcher of the future. But Tucker Barnhart gives the Reds good depth at the position. Barnhart, a 21-year-old switch-hitter, won the 2011 Gold Glove for the entire minor leagues. That's quite an honor, considering Barnhart spent the year at low Class A Dayton. He committed two errors in 97 games and threw out 47 percent of basestealers.

Majors | #2012#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports

Mike O’Neill Is A Sparkplug

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

Many numbers from outfielder Mike O'Neill's first full pro season could excite him, but it's a word that resonates with him. "When you say 'leadoff,' my eyes light up," O'Neill said. "I like to be the sparkplug for the offense. I want to be the person who gets on base, so I can create things with my speed, make things happen for the hitters behind me. That's my game."

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Tony Zych Gets Closer To Home

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

It was a long year for righthander Tony Zych, but he was sure to feel good about it when he got home from the Arizona Fall League. Zych, 22, put himself on the map as a potential set-up reliever behind closer Carlos Marmol, and he could reach Wrigley Field at some point in 2013. That would be a huge event for his family, which is scattered all around the Chicago area.<br/>Zych was drafted in the fourth round out of Louisville in 2011 but played his high school ball at St. Rita High in Chicago, commuting 35 miles from his home in Monee.

Majors | #2012#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Winter Meetings Wrapup

Josh Leventhal -

The Winter Meetings trade show has long been the home of anything and everything one could possibly need in baseball merchandise and promotions. The sprawling convention center floor at the Opryland carried on that tradition, featuring items that ranged from the practical (like bottom-filling beer cups) to the bizarre (dancing Zooperstars Harry Canary and Tim Teabull were hard to miss).

Minors | #2012#Business Beat