A couple of links as we head toward an afternoon of baseball...
- As Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports, manager Tony La Russa doesn't believe Chris Duncan, who was recently released from the Red Sox, will want to rejoin the Cards. "That's his call," the skipper said Friday. "It's not ours. My guess is he's not real pleased with us."
- Maury Brown of "The Biz of Baseball" has a review of MLB's draft slot recommendation system. His conclusion? It needs fixing.
- Matthew Pouliot of NBCSports.com continues his "Restoring the Rosters" series with a look at the Oakland A's. It's a must-read for all of you Moneyball fans.
- MLBTR's own Mike Axisa takes a closer look at the Dustin Pedroia-Robinson Cano debate over at River Ave. Blues. Joel Sherman first drummed up the discussion with this piece in the New York Post, in which he asked seven MLB executives to choose between the two second basemen.
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