Drabek set for major league debut Wednesday vs. O's

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The run of high-impact promotions this season in Major League Baseball has been incredible.  And it’s not yet complete.

According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the Blue Jays called up right-handed prospect Kyle Drabek from Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday and plan to start him Wednesday against the Orioles.

We’ve seen great performances all around the league this year from mid-season call-ups.  Mike Stanton has turned the power down with the Marlins, Buster Posey provided a spark with the Giants, and Aroldis Chapman is hitting triple-digits with his fastball for the Reds.  Youngsters are making headlines all around the baseball universe in 2010.  Drabek shouldn’t disappoint, either.

Acquired from the Phillies for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, the 22-year-old righty has thrown together a 2.94 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 27 starts at the Double-A level this season.  He threw a no-hitter on July 4 and has tallied 132 strikeouts in 162 innings. 

The Blue Jays will go with a six-man rotation down the stretch to ensure Drabek gets regular looks.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.