Baseball America‘s international prospect guru Ben Badler reports that the Yankees have signed 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia for $400,000.
Garcia has consistently posted huge batting averages in Cuba, but Badler notes that his raw tools aren’t considered particularly impressive and he stands just 5-foot-7 “so it’s hard for scouts to see him fitting in as a big league regular.”
Of course, considering that a $400,000 investment is basically the same as a third-round draft pick’s signing bonus it’s a pretty low-risk pickup for the Yankees and Badler also notes that Garcia’s “bat is advanced enough that he figures to reach Double-A or Triple-A quickly.”
If nothing else, adding “Adonis Garcia” to the farm system really boosts the organization’s collection of names.
The Red Sox have clinched the AL East for a third consecutive season, beating the Yankees 11-6 in the Bronx on Thursday night. It’s the third consecutive season in which the Red Sox have won the division, the first time that’s ever been done in club history. In fact, the only other times the Red Sox won the division in back-to-back years were 1903-04 and 1915-16.
AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a two-run single in the second inning off of Masahiro Tanaka and a three-run homer in the eighth against Aroldis Chapman to put the game out of reach. Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt also hit homers. Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez was on the hook for five runs in 3 2/3 innings, but three of them scored when Heath Hembree inherited a bases-loaded situation, then served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth. The rest of the bullpen combined to fire five scoreless innings. Steven Wright had three of them followed by zeroes from Ryan Brasier and Craig Kimbrel.
With the loss, the Yankees’ lead over the Athletics for the first Wild Card slot shrinks to 1.5 games. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will try to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 104-49 record, their closest competitor is the 95-57 Astros. With nine games remaining in the regular season for the Red Sox, they would have to lose every game remaining in the regular season and the Astros would have to win their 10 remaining games in order to fail to claim home field advantage.