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.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.