According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have signed first-round pick Corey Seager for $2.35 million. He’ll get $400,000 over MLB’s $1.95 million estimated slot value for the 18th overall pick.
Seager, 18, was considered one of the best high school bats in this year’s draft class. Many think he’ll have to slide over to third base in the long-term, but the Dodgers intend to have him begin his professional career as a shortstop. He’s the brother of Mariners’ third baseman Kyle Seager.
Unfortunately for the floundering Dodgers’ offense, he won’t be able to help at the major league level anytime soon.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.