Athletics to promote Franklin Barreto from Triple-A

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Athletics top prospect Franklin Barreto is due for a promotion from Triple-A Nashville, per a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. In a corresponding move, utility infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder will be assigned to the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended left knee. The club has yet to confirm either move.

Barreto, 22, was ranked no. 3 in the A’s farm system prior to the start of the 2018 season. He debuted with the team in 2017 and finished his brief run in the big leagues with an underwhelming .197/.250/.352 batting line and two home runs in 76 plate appearances. While he has yet to find his footing in the majors, the rookie middle infielder has long impressed the team at the minor league level. He reached Triple-A by his age-20 season and slashed .290/.339/.456 with seven homers, 15 stolen bases and a .796 OPS during a full campaign in Triple-A Nashville last year.

Barring further injuries, it seems unlikely that the A’s will have a full-time role for Barreto after he’s called up, though he projects to be their sole backup behind middle infielders Jed Lowrie and Marcus Semien. He went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A season debut last week with a double and two-run homer during a historic 11-0 shutout against the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.