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The Angels have had discussions with CC Sabathia

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George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Angels have had discussions with free agent lefty C.C. Sabathia.

Sabathia had a nice bounce back year in 2017, going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and a 120/50 K/BB ratio across 148.2 innings at age 37. He was strong in the postseason as well. The Yankees are reported to want him back and, as far as is known publicly, Sabathia isn’t interested in finding a new club, so perhaps this is just a leverage move. Then again, the Angels have been pretty darn busy this offseason, re-signing Justin Upton to a long-term deal and signing Shohei Ohtani, so maybe they’re serious in pursuit of the 37-year-old Sabathia.

It’d be interesting to see if, in the event Sabathia did go to Anaheim, the New York press ran with the same, provincial angle about Sabathia being “afraid” to play in New York that they did with Ohtani.

Ronald Acuna tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.

After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”

Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.

Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.

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