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.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.