Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have agreed to terms with their first-round selection from last week’s 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, University of New Mexico infielder D.J. Peterson.
No word yet on the financial terms of the deal.
Peterson, 21, batted .408/.520/.807 with 18 homers and 72 RBI in 55 games this season for the Lobos while playing primarily at third base. He’s the highest draft pick in the UNM baseball program’s history.
Kyle Davis of Lookout Landing published a pretty enlightening writeup about the kid last week.
UPDATE, 8:15 PM ET: Jim Callis of Baseball America says Peterson received a $2.759 million signing bonus from the M’s. That was the exact recommended figure for the No. 12 spot in this year’s draft.
The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been hospitalized due to an infection in his thigh. It is apparently unrelated for the emergency surgery Abreu underwent last month for testicular torsion. The White Sox expect Abreu to miss the entirety of the three-game series against the Indians, which begins tonight, but are calling him day-to-day.
Abreu, 31, missed three weeks between August 20 and September 10 due to testicular torsion. After going 3-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list, Abreu went hitless over his next five games spanning 23 trips to the plate. That dropped his triple-slash line down to .265/.325/.473 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 553 plate appearances.
Abreu had hit at least 25 home runs and knocked in at least 100 runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors, but he will almost certainly not reach triple-digits in RBI this season. His hospital visits impacted that, unfortunately. Abreu will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after the season.