All those reports about the Marlins taking a hardline stance in negotiations with No. 9 overall pick Andrew Heaney and telling the Oklahoma State left-hander that they wouldn’t be signing him … and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that they’ve agreed to a $2.6 million bonus.
That means the Marlins did manage to save $200,000 compared to the pick’s slot value of $2.8 million.
Heaney could have returned to college for his senior season, but that was the extent of his leverage whereas Miami would have gotten the No. 10 pick next year if he didn’t sign. So the Marlins accomplished their goal of saving half of the MLB minimum salary.
Congrats on being really good at being cheap, I guess?
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.