Cardinals convert former second-round pick Robert Stock from catcher to pitcher

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From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have converted prospect Robert Stock from a catcher to a pitcher. Rather, they’re going to try to, sending him to minor league camp to begin the process.

Stock, the No. 67 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .241/.320/.347 with 10 home runs in 189 minor league games. He was drafted as a catcher out of the University of Southern California, but the 22-year-old was actually one of the Trojans’ best pitchers in his final year there, registering a 2.90 ERA and 86/39 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings.

The Post-Dispatch‘s Joe Strauss tweets that “draftniks swore his future was” on the mound at the time the Cardinals selected him. Now the Redbirds will have to hope they didn’t act too late.

Report: Yankees J.A. Happ, closing in on a three-year deal

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UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.

10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.

Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.