Nats’ prospect Trea Turner gets his cup of coffee, gets sent back down

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Top prospect Trea Turner was called up by the Nationals on Friday to fill the roster spot vacated by Ryan Zimmerman, who went out on paternity leave. Turner went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk on Friday night but, apart from a pinch-running appearance, he sat on Saturday and Sunday. Now he’s been sent back down as Zimmerman returns to the team.

Sorry prospect junkies.

So far this season, with Triple-A Syracuse, Turner is batting .310/.376/.472 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 38 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases. That suggests the 22 year-old has nothing left to prove in the minors. However, when the big club is in first place, a long-tenured veteran is in front of you and keeping you in the minors longer gives the club an advantage as far as service time goes, you’re gonna get sent down most of the time in that situation.

Even if that long-tenured veteran is hitting .196.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.