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Twins’ Insistence Pays Off

John Millea -Premium Content

The Twins were adamant about one thing: righthander Deolis Guerra had to be part of any deal with the Mets for Johan Santana. It's easy to see why. New York's erstwhile top pitching prospect stands 6-foot-5, weighs 200 pounds and already has two years of pro experience even though he won't be 19 until the season's second week.

Majors | #2008#Minnesota Twins#Organization Reports

In The Spotlight

Marc Topkin -Premium Content

With blond hair and a slight 6-foot, 160-pound frame, Elliot Johnson doesn't look like a villain. But after a home-plate collision with Yankees catching prospect Francisco Cervelli in a March 8 spring training game, Johnson was being vilified on the back pages of all three New York tabloids and blasted by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Rays

End Of The Line

Evan Grant -Premium Content

The Rangers may be within weeks of giving up their four-year fight to get righthanders Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando into the United States. On a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, general manager Jon Daniels informed the duo that the club's legal attempts to get them visas or waivers were basically at a dead-end. Daniels informed Beltre as the pitcher was getting ready for the Caribbean World Series.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Passed Adversity

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Andrew McCutchen hasn't encountered much adversity while playing baseball. However, the 21-year-old center fielder had some rough times last season when the Pirates jumped him to Double-A Altoona from low Class A following a spring training in which he was so impressive that some in the front office reportedly pushed for him to be in the major league lineup on Opening Day.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates

Miller’s Misfortune

Andy Call -Premium Content

Adam Miller has, over time, nearly mastered the fine art of optimism. "I don't think there are any more parts of my finger I can strain," Miller says with a smile. The most recent test of optimism for Cleveland's long-suffering former first-round draft pick and No. 1 prospect came early in this year's big league spring training. He sustained a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

Majors | #2008#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

A Made Guy

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Cory Wade didn't know what to expect going into the winter. He was sure he had done all he could possibly do last summer, going a combined 7-1, 2.09 in 39 relief appearances and a couple of spot starts between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Jacksonville. But a lot of Dodgers minor league pitchers had put up strong enough seasons to warrant being protected on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Mashing In Mexico

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Throughout the minor league system, the word quickly spread. If you produce, there is a good chance you will be in Chicago. Former Fresno State standout Casey McGehee is itching for that chance. The 25-year-old has spent five seasons in the minors without a callup and is crossing his fingers this will be the year.

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports