Padres agree to terms with 10th overall pick Cory Spangenberg

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In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg has become the first 2011 first-rounder to sign.  The 10th overall pick is expected to get right around $1.8 million, which is approximately slot money for where he was selected.

With two true first-rounders and three more supplemental picks, the Padres declined to splurge with the 10th overall pick.  Spangenberg, a JuCo infielder, is a nice line-drive hitter with questionable home run power and no real position yet.  The Padres announced him as a second baseman.  He also has experience at third.  However, scouts aren’t sure he’ll be able to make it either spot. If he ends up in left field, then more power will be a must.

Update – FollowThePadres has the bonus at $1.86 million.  That’s less than the $2.1 million the Padres offered ninth overall pick Karsten Whitson last year.  Whitson declined to sign, which is why the Pads received the 10th pick as compensation this year.

Nationals release Joe Nathan and Matt Albers

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At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.

This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.

This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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