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February 17, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Notable NRI: NL Central

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R.J. Anderson

A look at the most prominent non-roster invitees among NL Central teams



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February 19, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL East NRI Review

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Christina Kahrl

Which non-roster players in the camps of baseball's strongest division have a shot at sticking?

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February 6, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

With the way the offseason has gone in baseball's six-team division, don't be surprised to see the defending champs looking up in the standings come October for the first time in four years.

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Today Christina wraps up the offseason transactions by focusing on the National League.

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Christina Kahrl has a special baseball Valentine just for you: a wrap-up of the American League's offseason transactions.

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March 11, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Centrals

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Christina Kahrl

Chris Kahrl breaks down the AL and NL Central's offseason moves in the latest Transaction Analysis.

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February 14, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Offseason - The Easts

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Christina Kahrl

TA is back with a look at what teams in the AL East and NL East did this winter.

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February 11, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

The Braves strike NRI gold with Russell Branyan. The Astros do what they need to do to compete in the NL Central. Everything you ever wanted to read about Eric Karros. The Padres address their chasm in center. These and other news, notes, and Kahrlisms in today's Transaction Analysis.

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March 3, 2000 12:00 am

AL West Notebook

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Jeff Bower

Grapefruit and Cactus League games are just starting, a time when it's tough to identify many of the players without a program, especially those with numbers higher than Tiger Woods's scoring average. In hockey those numbers are often worn by the likes of Jaromir Jagr or Eric Lindros, but in baseball, they're given to players who are merely hoping to catch somebody's eye. Many are doled out to the species known as the non-roster invitee (NRI).

Every club has at least a dozen NRIs. Some teams, like the Reds, have more NRIs than the Diamondbacks have uniform combinations, although less than a handful have even a slim chance of wearing the team colors come April Fools' Day. The primary benefit of giving a player a non-roster invitation is that it allows the team to defer making judgments on who to move off the 40-man roster, after they've seen players in game conditions. Teams are just like the rest of us: they prefer to avoid making tough decisions, especially when they could lose a useful player by trying to slip him through waivers, or when an athlete's career hangs in the balance.

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