We heard back in April that the U.S. Mint was asking for submissions for the design of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. Well, a winning design has been selected and the result is something pretty cool.
In early 2014, we will see the first-ever “curved” coin issued by the U.S. Mint. The winning design, submitted by Cassie McFarland of San Luis Obipso, California, depicts a baseball glove on the obverse (heads) side. Meanwhile, the reverse (tails) side depicts a baseball. Thus, the curve not only simulates the pocket of a glove, but the look and feel of a baseball. It’s really quite nifty. Be sure to check out the interactive graphic on the U.S. Mint website.
You’ll be able to buy these bad boys in five, one, or half-dollar form while surcharges for each coin will be paid to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you’re into that. They’re not intended for practical use, but a neat keepsake nonetheless.
(Hat-tips to Dan Wohl of Cut 4 and Reddit Baseball for the link)
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.
Update (5:20 PM EST): It’s a minor league contract, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If he makes the major league roster, Saltalamacchia will earn $1.25 million with an additional $250,000 available through incentives.
The Blue Jays are close to a deal with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet is reporting.
Saltalamacchia, 31, hit a meager .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 292 plate appearances with the Tigers this past season. With Russell Martin getting regular playing time behind the plate, Saltalamacchia will serve as his understudy, pushing A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol down on the depth chart.
The veteran catcher isn’t far removed from being a productive backstop. He had an .805 OPS in 70 games with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and also helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with an .804 OPS in 121 games.