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Yankees sign Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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The New York Yankees signed infielder Danny Espinosa last night. It’s a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, so he’ll have to play his way onto the team.

That may be a pretty tall order given that Espinosa hit a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays last season. Still, Espinosa likely has a better chance of getting playing time with the Yankees than a lot of other teams given their current infield situation. At present Ronald Torreyes is penciled in at second base and third base is currently occupied by Miguel Andujar on the depth chart. Not that the Yankees are necessarily done making moves.

If the eight-year veteran does not make a good impression in spring training it may very well be his last major league spring training.

Major League Baseball to launch an elite league for high schoolers

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This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.

The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.

As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.