I’m still reeling from the Jonathan Papelbon signing, but I suppose there is one thing that makes it slightly less odious than first considered: as Ken Rosenthal notes, the signing may not cost the Phillies their first-round pick.
That’s because signings this offseason are going to be covered by the new collective bargaining agreement and that new agreement may very well do-away with draft pick compensation. Meaning, the Phillies may not — may not — have to send a pick to Boston for the privilege of massively overpaying Papelbon.
It’s possible, however, that the Red Sox may still get compensation picks, just not at Philly’s expense. Basically, MLB might just decide to print up picks like so much diluted common stock. Which makes everyone slightly worse off instead of making one team — Philly — massively worse off.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.