Blue Jays officially sign Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for $10 million

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In a deal that was first reported as done a month ago but not finalized until today because of visa issues, the Blue Jays have officially signed 21-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10 million contract.
Hechavarria gets about $1.75 million more than fellow Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias, who signed with the Red Sox last summer. Previous speculation had Hechavarria turning down the Yankees’ advances in part because he felt Derek Jeter’s presence would block his path to the majors.
Of course, some reports suggest that Hechavarria may not be able to stick at shortstop defensively anyway long term, but his offensive upside is generally considered good enough to make him a potential asset elsewhere too. Iglesias, on the other hand, is considered an elite defensive shortstop with some question marks offensively.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.