One day after nearly five dozen retired players hit the links for charity, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association capped the weekend by conducting a Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic at Theodore Gibson Park in Miami, Fla.
Michael Pineda wants this to be the season in which he puts it all together, and the right-hander arrived in advance of the Yankees’ Spring Training camp with a clear mission in mind: to complete 200 innings for the first time in his career.
Here’s a look back at the past week at MLBTR. Key Moves MLB permanently banned Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia after Mejia had his third positive PED test. The Athletics acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers for prospects Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby. The Diamondbacks signed reliever Tyler Clippard to a two-year deal. Arbitration Players avoiding arbitration this week included Aroldis Chapman (link) and Brandon Belt (link). A full list of arbitration-avoiding deals can be found at MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker.
In the third installment of MLB.com’s seven-part Spring Training preview, we take a look at some of those White Sox prospects who could help the team in the future.
The Astros held a season preview luncheon for the media Friday at Minute Maid Park that would have made the local optimist club envious.
Manny Crespo, the Tigers’ director of Latin American player development, will manage Spain in the upcoming Qualifier for the World Baseball Classic.
In the third installment of our Spring Training preview package, “Prospects to Watch,” MLB.com will take a quick glance at some of the exciting young talent that manager Joe Girardi and his staff will be evaluating at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Spring Training gets underway in a week, and ideally the Marlins would like to add another pitcher or two before pitchers and catchers take the field on Feb. 19. But the signings have to make sense, and the club is willing to wait, even if it means reaching agreements after practices begin.
Australia is one win away from returning to the main draw of the World Baseball Classic, but they will have to wait to face the winner of Saturday’s rematch between South Africa and New Zealand.
The Royals are closing in on a two-year deal with third baseman Mike Moustakas, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports (Twitter links), with Jon Heyman tweeting that it’s a done deal. He is expected to be guaranteed $14.3MM in the contract, per Flanagan, with $5.6MM coming in 2016 and $8.7MM for the following year. With the move, Kansas City has avoided an arbitration hearing with the 27-year-old and precluded any need for future arb negotiations. Moustakas could still partake in long-term talks, of course, but this agreement buys up all of his remaining arbitration eligibility without adding any team control. In that regard, Moustakas joins teammate Lorenzo Cain in locking in a raise but failing to reach a lengthier accommodation with the reigning World Series champs. Josh Donaldson, J.D. Martinez, and A.J. Pollock are other prominent players who have landed two-year, arb-only pacts as a way to help bridge 2016 salary disputes. The $5.6MM price point set for the coming season represents the exact midpoint between the sides’ $7MM and $4.2MM filing figures