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Dodgers avoid arbitration with Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher

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J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports that the Dodgers avoided arbitration with outfielder Scott Van Slyke and reliever Chris Hatcher on Thursday. The financial details are not yet known.

Van Slyke, 30, is entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $1.225 million last season. The son of former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke, Scott was limited to 52 games in 2016 and compiled a meager .225/.292/.314 triple-slash line in 113 plate appearances. Van Slyke underwent season-ending surgery on his right wrist near the end of August.

Hatcher, 31, is also entering his second of four arbitration-eligible years. The right-hander struggled over 40 2/3 innings, putting up a 5.53 ERA with a 43/21 K/BB ratio. Hatcher suffered a season-ending Game 3 strain of his right oblique in July.

Report: Yankees to promote Gleyber Torres

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Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted to the majors this weekend, per a report from Jack Curry of the YES Network. Torres was expected to make his debut earlier in the season, but his starting date was pushed back after he suffered a bout of back tightness last Monday. Now, however, it looks like he’s finally healthy enough to make an impact on a team that’s in sore need of an offensive boost. As of Saturday evening, the team has yet to officially confirm the move.

The 21-year-old infielder has made quite the impression in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this spring, slashing .370/.415/.543 with five extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his first 53 plate appearances. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, he was ranked first overall in the Yankees’ system and fifth among the league’s best prospects (via MLB Pipeline). His numbers at the plate have been made all the more impressive by the fact that he’s only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm; neither the injury nor the lengthy recovery process seems to have had any detrimental effect on his game play this year.

While Torres appears most comfortable as a shortstop, he’s not expected to supplant Didi Gregorius in a starting role. Instead, it’s more likely that he’ll sub in at second and third base among the likes of Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes.