The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo.
We’ll share with you their Top 25:
1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX)
2 – Dylan Bundy, RHP (BAL)
3 – Oscar Taveras, OF (STL)
4 – Wil Myers, OF (TB)
5 – Taijuan Walker, RHP (SEA)
6 – Travis d’Arnaud, C (NYM)
7 – Jose Fernandez, RHP (MIA)
8 – Zack Wheeler, RHP (NYM)
9 – Gerrit Cole, RHP (PIT)
10 – Tyler Skaggs, LHP (ARI)
11 – Billy Hamilton, OF (CIN)
12 – Miguel Sano, 3B (MIN)
13 – Christian Yelich, OF (MIA)
14 – Francisco Lindor, SS (CLE)
15 – Jameson Taillon, RHP (PIT)
16 – Javier Baez, SS (CHI)
17 – Trevor Bauer, RHP (CLE)
18 – Danny Hultzen, LHP (SEA)
19 – Byron Buxton, OF (MIN)
20 – Xander Bogaerts, SS (BOS)
21 – Nick Castellanos, OF (DET)
22 – Mike Olt, 3B (TEX)
23 – Mike Zunino, C (SEA)
24 – Archie Bradley, RHP (ARI)
25 – Shelby Miller, RHP (STL)
Royals avoid arbitration with Tim Collins for $1.475 million
Left-hander Tim Collins, who missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John elbow surgery, will remain with the Royals after avoiding arbitration for a one-year, $1.475 million contract.
Collins was a non-tender candidate due to his injury and projected salary via arbitration, but the Royals are convinced he can bounce back to be a valuable part of the bullpen again in 2016 and beyond. He agreed to the same salary he made in 2015.
Prior to blowing out his elbow Collins posted a 3.54 ERA with 220 strikeouts in 211 innings from 2011-2014 and he’s still just 26 years old. He figures to begin 2016 in a middle relief role.
When you think “Joba Chamberlain” and “Cleveland” you think of the then-Yankees phenom being attacked by midges in the 2007 ALDS. If you don’t remember that somehow, the video evidence is below.
But all of that changes now, as the Indians have just announced that they have signed Chamberlain to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. That’s no promise of a big league job, but the Indians did make at least one promise to him:
We apologize sincerely, @Joba_44, about the bugs. They won't be back, we promise.
Seattle making Mark Trumbo available has been known for a while now, but Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are trying to trade the first baseman/outfielder before Wednesday.
That’s the deadline to tender 2016 contracts to arbitration eligible players and with Trumbo set to make around $9 million via that process the Mariners would rather move on before any decision needs to be made. In other words: They don’t want to be stuck with him.
Trumbo has elite power, averaging 30 homers per 160 games for his career, but that power comes with a .250 batting average, poor plate discipline and a .299 on-base percentage, and sub par defense. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has already traded Trumbo once, dealing him to the Diamondbacks back when he was the Angels’ general manager, and now he’s working hard to part ways again.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies are among the interested teams.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that Young will receive a two-year, $13 million contract from the Red Sox.
Monday, 1:47 PM: Veteran outfielder Chris Young thrived in a platoon role for the Yankees this past season and now he’s headed to the rival Red Sox to fill a similar role, signing a multi-year deal with Boston according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Young was once an everyday center fielder for the Diamondbacks, making the All-Star team in 2010 at age 26, but for the past 3-4 years he’s gotten 300-350 plate appearances in a part-time role facing mostly left-handed pitching. He hit .252 with 14 homers and a .773 OPS for the Yankees, but prior to that failed to top a .700 OPS in 2013 or 2014.
Given the Red Sox’s outfield depth–Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Brock Holt even with Hanley Ramirez back in the infield–Young is unlikely to work his way into everyday playing time at age 32, but he should get another 300 or so plate appearances while also providing a veteran fallback option. And it’s possible his arrival clears the way for a trade.