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.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.

The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.