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    by Published on 06-18-12 04:14 PM

    While Empire State, Trenton, Tampa and Charleston are all well underway, today the short-season teams will begin their 2012 season. After a disappointing 2010 season, the Staten Island Yankees took the New York-Penn League crown for the second time in three years last fall, defeating the Auburn Doubledays in the Championship. The Yankees got some good performances on both sides of the field, though the big story of 2011 was the breakout performance of current Charleston outfielder Mason Williams. Reymond Nunez, Benjamen Gamel and Matthew Tracy all played a big role in Staten Island’s success.

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    by Published on 06-18-12 11:01 AM

    The addition of a second wild card has opened up the potential for more teams to consider themselves legitimate playoff contenders through the end of next month, making it somewhat less likely that as many teams will be looking to sell off useful parts for a return of potential future value in the form of prospects. Joel Sherman writes about this in his column this morning, but he also notes that the new CBA eliminated draft pick compensation for “rental” players, and wonders if that won’t make fewer teams willing to bid on players like Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels:

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