The Yankees and left-hander Aroldis Chapman agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the club announced Friday. The deal is worth $11.325 million, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
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As MLB.com’s Spring Training primer continues, it’s time to focus on some of the prospects who will get a chance to demonstrate their growth. Though the Red Sox don’t have many roster spots up for grabs, spring is the time when prospects can prove they are ready in the event something opens up over the course of the season.
Charles Hairston, the agent for 16-year-old Cuban prospect Lazaro Armenteros (also the cousin of former Major Leaguers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr.), tells MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that his client is not close to a decision (links to Sanchez on Twitter). While multiple reports earlier this week suggested that “Lazarito” was weighing offers and would decide on a team, Hairston tells Sanchez that new teams have entered the mix in the event that Lazarito waits to sign until the 2016-17 international signing period begins on July 2. He’s also still considering signing with a team during the current period, though. “For a 16 year-old, it’s easy to want to just play ball,” said Hairston. “But he wants to do what’s best for his family. He’s being very mature.” Waiting until July 2, notably, would eliminate multiple teams from the mix, including the Dodgers, Cubs, Royals and Giants. Those four clubs have vastly exceeded their 2015-16 international pools and would, thus, be ineligible to sign a player for more than $300K in the two forthcoming signing periods. Waiting until the next period would also open the door for clubs like the Braves, Phillies, Padres and Cardinals — each of whom is said to be preparing to be aggressive on the international front in the 2016-17 period. Lazarito himself told Sanchez recently that he hoped to make a decision this week — possibly by Wednesday — but clearly the timeline has skewed somewhat. While it’s not entirely clear that Lazarito will wait until the 2016-17 period to sign, the fact that his agent has referenced new entrants in the July 2 scene and indefinitely delayed the decision certainly lends credence to that possibility
Manny Crespo, the Tigers’ director of Latin American player development, will manage Spain in the upcoming Qualifier for the World Baseball Classic.
There was no debate leading MLB Network’s Top 10 Catchers Right Now lists, as Buster Posey retained his first-place ranking.
7:57pm: A White Sox official suggests to Bob Nightengale of USA Today that any prior efforts to pursue Desmond are not likely to prove fruitful, saying: “that ship has sailed.” (Twitter link.) 3:14pm: The White Sox are among the clubs considering Ian Desmond, tweets Jon Heyman. The fit between the two sides has long made sense, on paper, but there’s been little reported that has suggested genuine interest from Chicago’s end of the matter. Desmond rejected a qualifying offer from the Nationals and, as such, would require the Sox to forfeit the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, which they received as compensation for the loss of Jeff Samardzija to the Giants (Samardzija rejected a qualifying offer of his own). Notably, that pick would creep up to No. 27 overall were the Orioles to sign Yovani Gallardo, as is rumored to be likely. GM Rick Hahn has recently talked about the value of that pick to the White Sox, but the Sox do have a protected first-round selection at No. 10 overall, which would leave them with at least one premium selection and a sizable amount of slot money accompanying that pick even in the event that a deal with Desmond ultimately comes together. Adding Desmond to the fold for the White Sox would allow the team to use Tyler Saladino — a strong defender at multiple infield positions but by most accounts a light bat — in a utility capacity next season.
Sharon Robinson had some eye-opening experiences Thursday. The daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson went to the Library of Congress and then took a tour of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
The tornado heads to San Diego.