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Rays Tank: Hellickson human interest; the scouts' view on Forsythe

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Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune has a very nice article about Jeremy Hellickson's relationship with Carson Cooper, a 10-year-old leukemia patient.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego collected thoughts from a number of scouts on the Alex Torres trade. There are some especially interesting bits about Logan Forsythe.

Baseball Prospectus has released their top 101 prospect list for 2014, along with a cool breakdown of the list. Enny Romero and Jake Odorizzi make the cut.

Back on Friday, Ben Lindbergh rounded up proposals from commenters all over the internet on what their team should trade for David Price.

We all know it's stupid to spend money on relievers, right? So why are "smart" teams like the Rays and the Athletics suddenly doing it? Russell Carleton has an idea ($), and it comes with a good rumination on the difference between WAR and WPA.

Other Links

Chris St. John has finished  his series on what minor league walk and strikeout rates mean for prospects at every level. The final article focuses on triple-A.

Jeff Sullivan talks about a less-discussed offseason move that could have as much major league impact as a David Price trade or no-trade: A.J. Burnett's decision on whether to retire or to return to the Pirates.