A-Rod offered a job to coach college players

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It’s a gimmick job offer, of course, and one that Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to accept. But it’s fun anyway:  According to the Torrington Register Citizen, the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League have offered A-Rod an assistant coaching position. And he’ll make more money doing that than he will make from any other baseball source this year:

“We can offer him $5,000 for the season,” said Titans General Manager Joey Abis. “The Donut Station has offered him free coffee and donuts for the entire summer.”

I can’t speak for A-Rod, but if I were him they’d have me at the coffee and donuts. Even donuts and coffee offered by the Yankees aren’t free once you figure in the tips to the clubhouse attendants and stuff.

(via Eye on Baseball)

Orioles sign Alcides Escobar

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The Orioles have inked shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reported Saturday. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training and will allow Escobar to earn $700,000 in the majors if he breaks camp with the team (via Jon Heyman of MLB Network). The team has yet to formally announce the agreement.

Escobar, 32, completed an eight-year run with the Royals in 2018. No longer the .280-average, 3.0-fWAR player of seasons past, he hit several career lows after batting .231/.279/.313 with four home runs, eight stolen bases (in 10 chances), and a .593 OPS through 531 plate appearances last year. His defensive ratings also took a hit, and FanGraphs pegged him as the fourth-worst shortstop in the majors after he accumulated -12 DRS over the course of the season, only slightly higher than the Orioles/Dodgers’ Manny Machado, Mets’ Amed Rosario, and Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts.

Still, Heyman holds that Escobar is being considered for the starting gig this spring and could yet prove an upgrade over top prospects and infield candidates Richie Martin and Drew Jackson. At the very least, the veteran shortstop figures to stabilize the position given Martin and Jackson’s relative inexperience, as both infielders played to varying results in Double-A Tulsa last year and have yet to break into the majors. Should either player earn consideration for the position in camp, however, Escobar might still work his way onto the Opening Day roster in a utility role as he saw some time at third base, second base, and center field in 2018.