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.
Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.
Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.