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Former top prospect Brandon Wood signs with Padres

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Former top prospect Brandon Wood has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. The deal does not include an invite to major league spring training, which is just the latest sign of how far he has fallen.

Selected 23rd overall by the Angels in 2003, Wood was once ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game by Baseball America, but his minor league success never translated against big league pitching. He owns an ugly .186/.225/.289 batting line over 751 plate appearances in the majors.

Wood, who turns 29 in March, last appeared in the big leagues in 2011 as a member of the Pirates. He played exclusively at the Triple-A level last year between the Royals and Orioles, hitting just .226/.262/.329 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 65 games. He’ll function as organizational depth for San Diego.

Edinson Volquez’s brother was stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Horrible news for Marlins stater Edinson Volquez: Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today reports that his younger brother has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic.

Brandy Volquez was just 25. He was involved in an early-morning fight on Monday with two men at a barbershop in Santo Domingo. One man is in police custody. Volquez, you may recall, lost his father mere hours before starting Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, so he is no stranger to tragedy, unfortunately.

“I will always remember you my brother. May God have you in his kingdom,” Volquez wrote in an Instagram post. “RIP one love.”

Diamondbacks sign Gregor Blanco

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was his worst campaign in his big league career, not counting a 24-game stint with the Braves in 2009. Blanco suffered at least one concussion in 2015 and was on the DL for concussion issues twice that season. There’s no telling if that had anything to do with his subpar year, however.

He’ll fight for a backup job for Arizona, who already has A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas in the outfield.