The 2013 All-Star Week festivities get underway this afternoon with the Futures Game — a showcase of some of the best prospects in baseball, pitting U.S.-born players against those from around the world. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at New York’s Citi Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2.
TEAM USA TEAM WORLD
CF Billy Hamilton, CIN LF Reymond Fuentes, SD
2B Delino DeShields Jr., HOU 2B Arismendy Alcantara, CHC
RF George Springer, HOU SS Xander Bogaerts, BOS
1B C.J. Cron, LAA 3B Miguel Sano, MIN
3B Matt Davidson, ARI RF Henry Urrutia, BAL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD 1B Jordan Lennerton, DET
DH Christian Yelich, MIA CF Gregory Polanco, PIT
SS Addison Russell, OAK DH Maikel Franco, PHI
C Austin Hedges, SD C A.J. Jimenez, TOR
SP Noah Syndergaard, NYM SP Rafael Montero, NYM
One of the best sights to see during All-Star Week is Futures Game batting practice. The kids aren’t used to the big stadium, the big crowd and the throngs of media, so they each try to put on a show when they step in. Miguel Sano, the Twins’ powerful rising star, apparently lived up to the hype earlier this morning.
Infielder Brett Lawrie successfully avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, per a team announcement. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that the deal was for $3.5 million, significantly lower than the $4.125 million Lawrie was paid by the White Sox in 2016.
The White Sox acquired Lawrie last December in a swap for minor league arms Zack Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. After splitting time at second and third base for the Athletics in 2015, Lawrie slotted in at second base and DH for the White Sox and batted .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs in 384 PA. While it’s strange to see a healthy, fairly productive player receive a salary reduction in arbitration, Lawrie missed nearly half of the season with a strain in his left hamstring, though he’s projected to return at full health by the start of the 2017 season.
Left-hander Brian Duensing signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The free agent spent the bulk of his 2016 season with the Orioles after receiving a call-up from Triple-A Norfolk in early June. He underwent elbow surgery several weeks later when a freak bullpen injury revealed cartilage chips and inflammation in his pitching elbow, but recovered to finish the season with a 4.05 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings for the club. The Orioles utilized him for a final out during the AL Wild Card game, during which Duensing recorded a five-pitch strikeout in the ninth inning of their 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old is currently expected to bulk up the Cubs’ left-handed relief corps, with fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery slated for the rotation in 2017.