Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Indians have agreed to terms with first-round pick Clint Frazier.
Frazier, a high school outfielder out of Georgia, was selected fifth overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft. He’s set to receive a $3.5 million bonus, which is a little under MLB’s assigned value of $3.787 million for the pick. So the Indians can now use the savings to secure some of their other draft picks.
Frazier confirmed news of the signing on his Twitter account last night.
With his bat speed and power potential from the right side of the plate, Frazier was considered by many to be the top high school bat in this year’s draft class. He’s obviously a long way from making an impact in Cleveland, but some think he has a chance to stick in center field.
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.