Here are today’s minor moves from around the league: Former top Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweets. Philadelphia released Gillies over the summer while he was in the midst of a tough .214/.270/.289 run at Triple-A. Now 26, the center fielder was a part of the 2009 deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners. The Rays have released former first-round pick Josh Sale, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy tweets. The outfielder hit .238/.313/.344 in 361 plate appearances for Class A+ Charlotte in 2014 before being suspended in August for drug use. He also received a 50-game suspension for drug use in 2012 and was suspended by the Rays in 2013 following an incident at a strip club
Josh Hamilton’s recent meeting with Major League Baseball stemmed from a relapse that occurred this year, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MLB.com on Friday. The Angels, who have only confirmed that Hamilton met with league officials at the Commissioner’s Office in New York on Wednesday, don’t expect to hear from MLB anytime soon.
Being a non-roster position player in a Dodgers Spring Training camp is likely to lead to a year as Triple-A insurance, or worse. So what Justin Turner did last year, mostly under the radar, deserves respect.
Matt Harvey, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, threw 43 pitches during two batting-practice stints on the mound, his first against live hitters since Aug. 24, 2013. And although the batters were not swinging, the assessment — from Mets manager Terry Collins, the players and Harvey alike — was nothing but positive.
Johnny Cueto finished second in NL Cy Young voting in 2014, and Reds manager Bryan Price dropped names such as Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez in praising the Reds’ ace in Spring Training.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter put a new wrinkle on an old drill on Friday, pumping in crowd noise from last year’s postseason as infielders practiced catching pop flies on the main field of Ed Smith Stadium.
A shortstop in college, Christian Colon might be best suited for second base, but he could see playing time at shortstop and third base for the Royals when the regular season begins.
Dartmouth’s Ed Lucas and Princeton’s Ross Ohlendorf give the Rangers the rare distinction of having two former Ivy League players in the same clubhouse.
Major League Baseball has let teams know the bonus pool values for the 2015 amateur draft, and Baseball America’s John Manuel has the full list of what each team can spend on players taken in the first 10 rounds. The Astros have the highest bonus pool (at a bit more than $17.289MM) in part because they received the second overall selection as compensation for not signing Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick last summer — Houston has both the second and fifth overall picks in the 2015 draft. As noted earlier today, the 2015-16 international draft pool values were also determined and revealed by Baseball America’s Ben Badler. Here’s some more from around the game… Huston Street and the Angels haven’t begun yet talks about an extension during Spring Training, he tells MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez (Twitter link). Street said he wanted “a week or so to settle in first” at camp and then the two sides would start negotiating. The closer is known to be looking for a new deal comparable to the contracts signed by David Robertson and Andrew Miller this offseason. The Indians are still interested in adding Dayan Viciedo but only on a minor league contract, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweets. Hoynes reported on the Tribe’s interest in Viciedo two weeks ago, though Hoynes felt Viciedo would more likely opt for a team who could offer him a Major League deal and a clearer path to playing time. Melky Cabrera was already intrigued by the White Sox since his wife loves Chicago, though the outfielder wasn’t totally sold until he saw the team’s winter moves, Cabrera told CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes.
You’re not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February. Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training. Yet that didn’t stop Adrian Beltre from getting on Prince Fielder on Thursday, when the Rangers held their first full workout at the Surprise Stadium complex.