A's sign No. 10 overall pick Michael Choice for $2 million

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University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice just became the second of this year’s top-10 draft picks to sign, agreeing to a $2 million bonus from the A’s.
Cal-State Fullerton shortstop and No. 4 overall pick Christian Colon was the first top-10 selection to sign when he accepted a $2.75 million bonus from the Royals shortly after the draft. In fact, Colon played his first pro game just three weeks after being drafted and has hit .277/.333/.376 in 25 games at high Single-A.
Choice figures to be a corner outfielder in the pros after playing center field in college. He has big-time power potential, but some reports question his ability to make consistent contact against advanced pitching.
Teams have until August 16 to sign draft picks and right now only 13 of the 32 first rounders have signed.

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.