Quick Hits: Cuba, Padres

Dec 21, 2014 | No Comments

Earlier tonight, I asked MLBTR if the Padres will reach the postseason in 2015. Of the 33% respondents who said yes, most felt a Wild Card slot was more likely than a division title. Here’s the latest San Diego and Cuba news. Teams are unlikely to establish academies in Cuba any time soon, writes Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The Cuban market is unlikely to be based on free agency, like in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Some form of a posting system will probably be put in place. Alternatively, Cuba could be included in a rumored international draft.

Poll: Will The Padres Reach The Postseason

Dec 21, 2014 | No Comments

The Padres have been busy over the last couple weeks, with more moves likely to come. Recently hired GM A.J. Preller has pivoted from the organization’s slow rebuilding process to add established major league stars. Preller reportedly recognized a rotation capable of competing now, and he decided to add win-now position players to complement that strength. The Padres have made eight moves this month, trading a number of prospects and young major leaguers in the process. The headliners are the additions of outfielders Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers in separate trades.

Bid from unnamed team accepted for Korean infielder Kang

Dec 21, 2014 | No Comments

The Nexen Heroes, a South Korean baseball club, have accepted a bid for shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, which would enable him to play in the Majors next season, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

McDaniel On International Bonus Pools

Dec 21, 2014 | No Comments

A number of teams are expected to break the bank on international talent next July, writes Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs.com. Due to international spending restrictions, teams that spend more than 15% above their allotted pool may not ink any international free agents for over $300,000 in the following two signing periods. However, there is growing consensus within the industry that an international draft will be implemented when baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is re-visited after the 2016 season. If a draft is put in place, teams will have only two years to live with the current arrangement. McDaniel’s sources have suggested that as many as 10 teams may blow past their limit when the next signing period begins on July 2. The Cubs, Blue Jays, and Phillies will “almost definitely” exceed their respective pools. As McDaniel notes, plans will likely be affected by verbal commitments as we get closer to July.

Williams: Make protesting voices heard through vote

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams respects the power of protest against oppression or injustice of any sort, and he is sensitive to the recent issues surrounding police brutality. However, Williams advocates a different kind of empowerment — empowerment through the vote — to make the most decisive point.

Sources: Angels sign Cuban infield prospect Baldoquin

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels after passing his physical, sources told MLB.com on Saturday. Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will receive an $8 million signing bonus once the deal becomes official.

Kang first Korean position player to be posted

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

The Nexen Heroes, a South Korean baseball club, have accepted a bid for shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, which would enable him to play in the Majors next season, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

Cherington On Hanigan, Middlebrooks, Rotation

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

Here are the results of Red Sox GM Ben Cherington’s press conference this afternoon to discuss the Ryan Hanigan / Will Middlebrooks trade, via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal: Cherington says the Sox have been interested in Hanigan for over a year, so they jumped at the chance to acquire him as a backup and insurance policy for youngster Christian Vazquez. “If you look at all the criteria we look for in a catcher, Ryan checks all the boxes: very good defender and game-caller, well-respected, a tough at-bat, capable of playing a lot — that’s a nice bonus,” Cherington says. Cherington admits he sold low on Middlebrooks, who hit just .191/.256/.265 in 234 big-league plate appearances in 2014. “Obviously we’re not trading Will at a particularly high point right now,” says Cherington. “We still believe in him. The last few years haven’t gone well, but the talent is still in there.” The Red Sox aren’t currently actively looking for rotation help, Cherington says. Britton notes, though, that given the pitching the Red Sox have already acquired this offseason (Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson), it wouldn’t make sense for the Red Sox to declare dissatisfaction with their current rotation, whether or not they were still hunting for starters.

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

McGehee happy to wind up in San Francisco

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

Casey McGehee was relieved shortly afterward when he found out he’d been traded to San Francisco, where he will take over for Pablo Sandoval as the Giants’ third baseman.

Active of late, Giants pondering next offseason move

Dec 20, 2014 | No Comments

After sitting back and watching other teams swoop in on their free-agent targets earlier this offseason, the Giants have moved decisively in recent days. They answered their third-base question with Casey McGehee and will soon formally announce that they’ve re-signed starter Jake Peavy and reliever Sergio Romo. So, what’s next for San Francisco?