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Patrick Schuster created a lot of buzz as a senior at Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Fla., in 2009. He threw four straight no-hitters, and ESPN News broadcast his next start to a national audience. Schuster was in the news again Thursday at the Winter Meetings, as the Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft, and traded him to the Padres.
The Blue Jays used the fifth pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning to gain a little bit more flexibility on the international market.
The Giants have been doing some freewheeling dealing this offseason. Their agreement with outfielder Michael Morse on a one-year contract Thursday as the Winter Meetings concluded sustained a pattern that general manager Brian Sabean has welcomed.
The Red Sox lost third baseman Michael Almanzar to the Orioles in the Major League phase of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft.
The Rockies took a chance on a power arm by selecting right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle from the Yankees in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
With their 40-man roster full, the Twins did not make a selection in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but did select two pitchers -- right-hander Kevin Thomas and left-hander Jim Fuller -- in the Triple-A phase.
The Mets selected right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin from the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday and then dealt him to the Dodgers for cash.
The A's did not select or lose any players in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but they were involved in the Minor League portion -- taking right-hander Tim Atherton off Minnesota's Double-A roster.
Catching prospect Adrian Nieto was selected by the White Sox with the third pick in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft to close out the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.
The Padres acquired 23-year-old lefty Patrick Schuster on Thursday morning as the player to be named later in the trade that sent right-hander Anthony Bass to Houston.
The Yankees lost five players in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft, including reliever Tom Kahnle and outfielder Ravel Santana, who was once considered one of the club's top prospects before a devastating ankle injury.
The Mariners passed with their pick (the sixth overall) in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but they lost left-handed reliever Brian Moran to the Blue Jays in the same phase.
The Astros acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass from the Padres in exchange for the top pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, which wound up being left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster.
Seeking to add to their roster, the Orioles selected Michael Almanzar and Julio Borbon in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
Royals prospect Tyler Sample was taken by the Pirates in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
The Angels acquired the Blue Jays' Rule 5 Draft selection, left-handed reliever Brian Moran, in exchange for $244,000 of international slot money after Toronto acquired him with the fifth pick on Thursday.
The Rays were silent in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning, but they had some activity during the Triple-A phase.
If there's any chance star NFL quarterback Russell Wilson makes a comeback in baseball, it will now be with the Rangers. In the Triple-A portion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, the Texas organization selected Wilson -- the Rockies' fourth-round choice in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft -- from Colorado.
There were interesting selections made Thursday in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, including a former high school standout, a nephew of a one-time All-Star and a Pro Bowl quarterback.
Aragua scored four runs in the first and four more in the sixth, eventually finishing with 13 in a victory over Caracas on Wednesday. Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia went 4-for-5, scored twice and knocked in three runs, and first baseman Hector Gimenez added his fifth homer in four nights -- a two-run shot in the first.
Lost in the hoopla of the White Sox trade for Adam Eaton on Tuesday was the agreement on a six-year player development extension with Triple-A Charlotte and four-year extensions with Class A Kannapolis and Advanced Rookie Great Falls.
The A's made their second deal in as many days Wednesday, acquiring speedy outfielder Billy Burns from the Nationals for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.
The Padres' Jesus Guzman went 4-for-5 and broke up a tie in the ninth with a two-run double as Caracas beat Aragua, 9-5, on Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League.
By trading away Mark Trumbo, the Angels gained two young, controllable left-handed starters while clearing about $4 million in payroll. Now they can really hit the free-agent market.
Top prospect Miguel Sano is expected to have his right elbow re-examined this month, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.
While the Pirates are now headed toward filling right field internally, general manager Neal Huntington indicated it's likely top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco will not be in that role come Opening Day.
The Angels hired longtime Minor League coach Phillip Wellman to take over as manager for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, the team announced Tuesday.
The Chicago White Sox have to be pleased with the performance of outfield prospect Jared Mitchell in this past Arizona Fall League season, as the speedy outfielder put together an encouraging campaign in the batter's box.
Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo was presented the Joe Bauman Trophy by Musco Sports Lighting on Monday at the annual Winter Meetings for leading the Minor Leagues in home runs.
A five-run inning in the Venezuelan League -- thanks in part to a 3-for-3 outing by Hector Sanchez -- and a 16-hit performance in the Puerto Rican League made the difference in Monday's Winter League games.
Right-hander Derek Law was the lone Minor Leaguer from the Giants organization to make the Arizona Fall League top prospects team, which was named Monday.
The Orioles will hold a four-day minicamp beginning Jan. 13 at the team's Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., to give some of the club's pitchers a chance to work with new pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti.
Two Padres Minor Leaguers were named to the Arizona Fall League 2013 Top Prospects Team on Monday: catcher Austin Hedges, MLB.com's No. 2 Padres prospect, and second baseman Cory Spangenberg, the club's 15th-ranked prospect.
Minor League third baseman Joey Gallo is getting some high-level mentoring this winter from a couple of Major League All-Stars. Gallo said he has been working out regularly with Jason Giambi and Troy Tulowitzki at the Philippi Sports Institute in his hometown of Las Vegas.
General manager Jack Zduriencik said Monday he did not intend to deal top prospect Taijuan Walker, the subject of trade rumors entering the Winter Meetings.
Cuban shortstop prospect Aledmys Diaz is back in the spotlight and is once again gaining attention from Major League clubs.
The Indians are expecting to be without young infielder Jose Ramirez through the early portion of Spring Training due to a left thumb injury. He will be examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Wednesday in Cleveland.
The Arizona Fall League announced its 2013 Top Prospects Team, featuring Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the league's Most Valuable Player, and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, the top-ranked player on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Garin Cecchini's solid baseball mechanics coupled with his sound knowledge of the game are important components of his composite projection. The Red Sox third-base prospect should be a fine Major League quality player, with a top-of-the-batting-order profile.
Two of the four games in the Mexican Pacific League went 10 innings Sunday on a light day for games throughout Winter League baseball.
On the heels of a week that included trading closer Jim Johnson and watching two coveted players sign elsewhere, Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette finds himself in a precarious position at the Winter Meetings.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, as La Guaira topped Aragua.
Billy Hamilton only spent September watching teammate and Shin-Soo Choo, but he made sure to pay close attention to the man he will likely replace as the Reds' leadoff hitter and center fielder. Hamilton wanted to learn from Choo before that as well.
The Rule 5 Draft has been likened to finding diamonds in the rough, or maybe even a needle in a haystack. The annual December Draft gives teams the chance, at a relatively low cost, to find big league talent among a collection of players whose original teams didn't believe were valuable enough to protect on the 40-man roster.
White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez knocked in four runs, including the game winner in the ninth, as La Guaira beat Aragua in Venezuela.
As they head to Baseball's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the Red Sox have already added a catcher in A.J. Pierzynski while losing a dynamic leadoff man in Jacoby Ellsbury.
Rays officials will arrive in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sunday night for Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings looking to find the final piece for their everyday lineup and perhaps another piece for their bullpen.
Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo was one of seven Lara starters with two hits in Game 2 of a doubleheader sweep over Margarita.
Pipeline Inbox: MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo breaks down some of the best high school arms available in next June's Draft.
Javier Baez, the Cubs' first-round pick in the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is creating a lot of buzz as he gets closer to the big leagues. However, he's a shortstop, and the Cubs already have a talented shortstop in Starlin Castro. Do the Cubs move Baez? Not now, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
When will Oscar Taveras arrive in St. Louis? How will that impact the rest of the roster? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch opens up the Inbox.
Catcher Jack Murphy, who finished the Minor League season at Triple-A Buffalo, hit grand slams in consecutive games to help lead Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League to the Asia Series championship.
Jonathan Singleton, the Astros' No. 2 prospect, continued his power surge with a two-run home run during Santurce's five-run first inning. Singleton finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and now leads the league with seven homers, three ahead of anyone else.
Who's on first? Miguel Cabrera. Finally. It's official. The long-expected shift in the Tigers' infield was set on Wednesday. Cabrera, who moved to third base two years ago when Prince Fielder signed, will move back to first base next season. Nick Castellanos, the Tigers' top prospect who moved from third base to the outfield in the middle of the 2012 season, will return to third.
Rays lefty Mike Montgomery, who is the organization's No. 8-ranked prospect, could contribute as a starter or out of the bullpen.
Padres prospect Keyvius Sampson has improving command and control to go along with mound presence and confidence that serve him well. He won't be an ace. He may be in the middle or the back end of the rotation, but he can help as a potential starting pitcher.
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
Our First-Year Player Draft experts, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, take their first crack at projecting how the top 10 selections in 2014 will unfold.
Jose Abreu, a Most Valuable Player in Cuba, could be the next best thing to come from there, but only one thing is certain: More players are coming. More Cuban prospects are expected to become free agents this winter and there's a chance some of them will show up on a big league field in near future.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon has spent his first two years in college at North Carolina State building a very strong case to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, a selection once again held by the Houston Astros.
Red Sox prospect Henry Ramos drove in three runs as Ponce cruised past Santurce, 9-3, on Tuesday in Puerto Rican Winter League action.
The Memphis City Council, citing insufficient time to review all the necessary documents, on Tuesday delayed voting on a proposal that would lead to the Cardinals taking ownership of their Triple-A affiliate and Memphis assuming control of AutoZone Park. Council members agreed to reconvene for a special session on Monday to finish discussing the issue and take a vote.
The Athletics and Rangers just made the kind of trade that only really smart, really confident general managers make. In this case, it was Oakland's Billy Beane and Texas' Jon Daniels. It's the kind of trade that reflects plenty of organizational swagger on both sides. To put it another way, these boys aren't afraid to fail.
The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send Heath Bell to the Rays. Arizona will receive right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash considerations.
Pat Murphy, who managed Triple-A Tucson for San Diego last year, will preside over the first season of the El Paso Chihuahuas in 2014.
The Rangers have acquired outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick from the Athletics for outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom.
San Diego Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges has shown so much potential and upside that it would only be natural to want to rush his arrival to the big leagues. That wouldn't be fair to Hedges or to the Padres. Tempting? Yes. Practical? Probably not.
Minor League outfielder Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend, leaving the Pirates organization in mourning over the loss of a talented player and beloved teammate.
When Tyler Matzek was selected as the No. 11 overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, I think the attention surrounding the left-handed pitcher was almost a bit unfair. Fast forward four seasons, and Matzek is probably right where he should be in his development.
At the Winter Meetings, which get underway Monday at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Co. will have a chance to possibly fill some of the gaps on the roster.
All six Australian Baseball League teams were in action this weekend as the 2013 season kicked back into full gear.
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