As first reported by Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to terms with the third overall pick from last week’s 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray.
The financial terms have not been announced.
Gray holds maybe the highest upside of any pitcher in this year’s class. Featuring an upper-90s fastball, a deceptive changeup and a high quality slider, he posted a 1.64 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 147/24 K/BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings this season for the Sooners. There was also that positive predraft Adderall test.
The 21-year-old is going to start his professional career with the rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies.
UPDATE, 10:18 PM ET: Jim Callis of Baseball America says Gray’s signing bonus is worth $4.8 million.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.
Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.
Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.
Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.