According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Astros and right-hander Jacob Nix have “quietly and confidentially” reached an agreement on a monetary settlement after a deal between the two sides fell apart following this June’s First-Year Player Draft.
Nix, who was selected in the fifth round out of high school, was set to sign with the Astros for $1.5 million. However, because Houston failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken over a dispute about his elbow, they no longer had the slot money available to sign Nix. They ended up signing neither of them.
Nix really got screwed in the situation and MLBPA soon filed a grievance on his behalf. It’s possible that an arbitrator could have ruled for the Astros to honor the deal, which would cause them to go overslot and lose future draft picks, but they won’t have to worry about that now. And Nix at least got some sort of compensation for getting wrapped up in this mess.
As for Nix’s future, he’s expected to pitch for a junior college in the spring and likely enter the 2015 draft.
The Twins designated infielder/outfielder Chris Parmelee for assignment today in order to clear a spot for the newly-signed Ervin Santana on the team’s 40-man roster.
Parmelee was a first-round pick of the Twins in 2006 and showed solid production at times in the minors, but it hasn’t translated at the major league level. He owns a .249/.317/.392 batting line over 273 games with the Twins and batted .256 with seven home runs and a .691 OPS this past season. He turns 27 in February.
Parmelee previously cleared waivers back in March, so there’s a chance that it could happen again. However, if it does, he could opt for free agency.
Next year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Baltimore is the “leading contender” to host the midsummer classic in 2016.
I don’t know about you, but it feels like just yesterday that Oriole Park at Camden Yards last hosted the All-Star Game and Ken Griffey, Jr. famously hit the warehouse on Eutaw Street in the Home Run Derby. However, that was actually way back in 1993, which was the second year of the stadium’s existence. Most of the new stadiums that have hosted the All-Star Game since have emulated the style and/or feel of Camden Yards, so it feels rather appropriate that they circle back to it.
As for 2017, Nightengale writes that the Marlins or Padres are the likely favorites. The Nationals have been campaigning to host an All-Star Game at their new stadium, but if it goes to the Marlins or Padres, that would likely push them back to at least 2019. Chicago might also be a candidate by then, with their renovations of Wrigley Field and the surrounding areas expected to be completed by 2018.
It’s official: The Blue Jays like pretty much everyone for their CEO position. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has the latest name Toronto is considering:
The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.
Rizzo joins Baltimore’s Dan Duquette, Minnesota’s Terry Ryan and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox as the latest baseball executive to be mentioned as a possibility to succeed Beeston, whose future with the Toronto organization has been shrouded in mystery of late.
Rizzo could not be reached for comment Saturday.
News that the Blue Jays were looking for a replacement for Beeston first surfaced last weekend, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun later reported that they plan to keep him around as team president for at least one more year. Still, it’s rather curious that the chatter is continuing. Beeston, who was actually the team’s first employee in 1976, is currently in his second stint as team president/CEO.
Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com hears that the Nationals have not been contacted by the Blue Jays about Rizzo, who has been the team’s general manager since 2009. He was signed to an extension last year and promoted to the position of president of baseball operations and general manager.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang will be posted Monday by his team in the Korea Baseball Organization, which means that MLB teams will be able to bid for exclusive negotiating rights.
Kang, 27, batted .354/.457/.733 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI in 116 games this past season for the Nexen Heroes. There are definite questions about how his bat will translate in the majors and some view him as more of a second baseman or even a corner infielder as opposed to a shortstop, but he should generate plenty of interest. Kang is being represented by Alan Nero.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman mentioned the Mets, Giants, and Athletics as possibilities for Kang earlier this week. The Giants and Athletics downplayed their interest in public comments during the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but the Mets haven’t ruled it out.