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Still slow out there today.

T.R. Sullivan has a piece on the progress of Gerald Laird, as well as the state of catching in the organization. They've been beset by injuries lower in the system, but I still think that this is easily the strongest position in the organization (pitching not included), maybe twice over. This appears to be the first in his series of position reviews.

Chris Kline has another article on how the international baseball arena will be affected by politics. This time he discusses how teams are becoming wary of Venezuela and Hugo Chavez in particular and may shift their attention to Panama and Nicaragua.

And John Heyman says that while the Yankees and Diamondbacks keep running into hurdles, the Randy Johnson deal will still probably go down some time this week.