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Will Carroll delves deeper into shoulder injuries. Clay Davenport provides a history lesson on pitcher's mounds. Chris Kahrl takes a closer look at J.T. Snow. All in this edition of From The Mailbag.

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February 17, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: February 13-16, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

John Burkett says goodbye. The Twins win their arbitration case against Johan Santana. The A's sign Chad Bradford for another year. Oh, yeah...and apparently the Yankees and Rangers traded infielders or something.

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December 19, 2003 12:00 am

6-4-3: Hart to Hart

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Gary Huckabay

In case you've been living under a rock, it's been a pretty interesting couple of weeks in the news. If you've been feverish, like most of the populace of California's scenic Contra Costa County, you may have observed that a bombastically hirsute Alex Rodriguez was liberated from a sort of cave/hutch just north of Tikrit and west of Odessa by a U.S. Army strike force, who then checked him for ticks, packaged him in a box, and shipped him to Worcester, where he was unpacked by Larry Lucchino and Gene Orza, then shipped back to Houston, Texas, where he was awarded a Hummer by noted conservative talk show host Michael Savage. The more coherent among you are aware that the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have been discussing a deal that is, at its center, Manny Ramirez for Alex Rodriguez. Since both players have very long, lucrative contracts, money has been a significant component of the deal. So let's dive in and take a look...

The more coherent among you are aware that the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have been discussing a deal that is, at its center, Manny Ramirez for Alex Rodriguez.

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The Red Sox look to repeat 2003's historic hitting campaign next year. Running down the list of GM candidates for the Reds. Gary Bennett is the only person surprised that the Padres released Gary Bennett. All this and more from San Diego, Cincinnati, and Boston in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

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August 26, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: No Such Thing, Redux

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Joe Sheehan

A couple of weeks ago, I spelled out the argument that there's no such thing as a pitching prospect. Just as a follow-up, I want to point out something Rangers' Director of Player Development Grady Fuson said in an interview with Jamey Newberg: "And most of these kids that we're signing out of high school or junior college or college, for the first three or four years of their careers they are still growing. They are still adding muscle mass and growth, and at least my perception of developing pitchers is most don't come into their prime until at least their mid-20s. And I think that all has to do with body growth and body mass and finding that one delivery that helps repeat. And I think that all takes two or three years to build into your system." Fuson makes the point that is central to TNSTAAPP: Most pitchers in the minor leagues are still developing physically, which is what makes them such risks. Pitching professionally is hard enough on the arms of grown men; it's moreso on ones not fully mature.

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July 9, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 3-8, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

The White Sox begin the summer trading season with a bang; the Reds make a great acquisition in D'Angelo Jimenez; Josh Beckett is unleashed from the DL in Florida; and the Royals take a flyer on a man named Gookie (remember him?). All this and much more news from around the league in your Wednesday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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February 5, 2003 2:19 pm

Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests

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Christina Kahrl

Re-signed INF-R Benji Gil and DH-L Brad Fullmer to one-year contracts. Signed OF-R Eric Owens to a one-year contract, and LHP Rich Rodriguez, 2B-R Adam Riggs, and UT-R Oscar Salazar to minor league contracts. Avoided arbitration with 2B-L Adam Kennedy, INF-B Scott Spiezio, and LHPs Jarrod Washburn and Scott Schoeneweis. Claimed C-R Wil Nieves off of waivers (from the Padres).

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To wrap up our series on the merits of the four-man rotation, let's look at some of the ancillary benefits of making the switch: The four-man rotation simplifies a starter's between-start schedule. Most teams have their starters throw on the side once between starts, but no one really knows whether it's better to throw on the second day after a start, or the third. It's not even clear whether starters should throw only once. In Atlanta, Leo Mazzone has had continued success doing things his way: he has his starters throw twice on the side between starts instead of once. (He does this because he feels it gives the starter the same increased sharpness that comes from working on three days' rest.)

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