Last week reports swirled that Bryce Harper was a no-goodnik. The Nats? They’re not worried:
A high-ranking club official said a recent report slamming the 17 year-old catcher for having attitude issues was “way overblown” and the Nats have no qualms about
selecting him first overall in the June draft based on personality
“Is he confident? Yeah,” the team official said. “Is he
cocky? Yeah. Does he think he’s the best player on the field at all
times? Yeah. But find me a great player who doesn’t think that about
A wise man once said that young players should be cocky and arrogant, even when they’re getting beat. That they gotta play this game with fear and arrogance. Perhaps that’s all we’re seeing from Bryce Harper.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.