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Wilin Rosario to sign in Japan


Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Wilin Rosario, who played for the Rockies for five seasons before leaving for Korea in 2016, is close to signing with a Japanese team, the identity of which is not yet known.

This is notable in that, in recent weeks, there had been some speculation that Rosario was drawing interest from MLB clubs and might possibly return to the United States.

Rosario, 28, last played in the majors in 2015. Across five seasons, all with the Rockies, he hit .273/.306/.473. He mostly caught but moved to first base in 2015. He was a defensive liability everywhere he played, but some suspected that multiple AL teams were looking at him as a possible DH.

His bat has certainly been strong. It was passable in the majors, but since joining the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization he’s totally raked, hitting .321/.367/.593 with 33 home runs and 120 RBI in 2016 and .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs and 111 RBI in 2017. Obviously it’s easier to hit in Korea than in the U.S., but even adjusting for MLB, he’d profile as a pretty good hitter here.

That will not be the case, however, as Mr. Rosario is taking his talents to Japan.

Padres to place Franchy Cordero on DL, activate Hunter Renfroe

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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.

Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”

Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.