With today’s 5:00 p.m. eastern time deadline to sign draft picks looming the Yankees have agreed to terms with their first-round pick, Oklahoma high school right-hander Ty Hensley.
Hensley was the 30th overall pick, which carries a slot value of $1.6 million. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that he originally agreed to a deal for that exact slot amount almost immediately after last month’s draft, but an MRI exam “revealed an abnormality in his right shoulder.”
That agreement was canceled and five weeks later the two sides agreed to a new $1.2 million deal, meaning the MRI exam cost Hensley $400,000 (or saved the Yankees $400,000) even though he’s never complained of any pain or missed time with an injury.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.