Thursday January 13, 2011 | 04:42 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have been trading away prospect lately, in order to land Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. One result is that Baseball America said the Brewers had the "thinnest" farm system in baseball.

But, in listing the Brewers Top 10 prospects, BA did rank Maine native Mark Rogers as its No. 1 prospect, stating that Rogers was the only one in the Brewers system with "potential impact talent in the upper levels of the minors."

Rogers has been spending the off-season in Arizona. He is due back in town next week for the Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner.

One of the top free agents yet to sign is Rays closer Rafael Soriano. While it looked like the Yankees might pass on him, as a set-up man, don't discount the idea. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (and ESPN's Buster Olney), Soriano is going to go where the money is. And that could be the White Sox, Angels, Nationals or Yankees.

In today's Press Herald, we ran a brief time line to the Red Sox and Sea Dogs' opening days.




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