The Yankees sign first round pick Cito Culver

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The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot.

Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot?  A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t
projected as a first-round pick by many scouts and he’d probably accept whatever you threw at him.

If that doesn’t explain it all this might: right after the draft Culver went to his high school prom in a white tux with Yankees-blue pinstripes.  I’m guessing after that show of enthusiasm Brian Cashman knew that Culver had no intention of taking that scholarship
from the University of Maryland and thus not much in the way of negotiation leverage. Never let them know what you’re thinking, Cito.

In other news, the current Yankees shortstop is old enough to be Culver’s father.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.