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.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.