Storylines: Tony Gwynn passes away
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Here are the stories from Monday, June 16.
- Tony Gwynn, the Padres legend and eight-time NL batting champion, passed away yesterday at age 54 following a battle with cancer. Gwynn is survived by his wife Alicia and his children Anisha and Tony Jr., who plays for the Phillies.
- The Orioles announced that Matt Wieters is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery today and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Recovery time for Wieters is estimated at nine months.
- Outfielder Michael Brantley was removed from Monday night's game against the Angels as a precaution after making contact in his head/neck area trying to break up a double play in the third inning. Earlier in the day, he was named the American League Player of the Week for the first time in his career, capping a week in which he hit .538 over seven games.
- The Indians announced that they signed five more 2014 Draft picks on Monday. Left-hander Justus Sheffield (first round), right-hander Jordan Dunatov (12th round), righty Argenis Angulo (19th round), outfielder Bobby Ison (21st round) and outfielder David Armendariz (23rd round) have all agreed to terms on contracts with the organization. The club has now inked 19 players in the Draft class.
- The Indians optioned lefty TJ House to Columbus and called up Mark Lowe to take his spot on the 25-man roster.
News and Notes:
- The Rays are "looking like the strong favorites" to sign 15-year-old Dominican shortstop Adrian Rondon, Baseball America's Ben Badler reported, though Rondon cannot sign until he turns 16 on July 7. Rondon, who is 6'2″ and 180 pounds, is expected to sign for around a $3 million bonus. Several scouts consider Rondon to be the best prospect available on the international market, with one scout even telling Badler that Rondon's upside could make him "a Hanley Ramirez-type of offensive shortstop."
- The Giants signed Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell to a Major League contract, the club announced. Carbonell will earn a guaranteed $3.5 million in the four-year deal, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported, and the 23-year-old outfielder can earn another $3.5 million in bonuses. Carbonell will earn $1 million in a signing bonus, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He'll earn $500,000, $525,000, $550,000 and $600,000 in each respective year of the four-year contract, and at least the first year of the deal is a split contract. Because he signed before July 2, Carbonell's bonus will not count against San Francisco's international draft pool.
- Two-thirds of the Red Sox roster could be trade candidates if the team decides to rebuild for 2015, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote. Abraham's list included several relievers (including Koji Uehara), A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, Stephen Drew, Jake Peavy and Jonny Gomes. While you could make a case for the likes of Jon Lester, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks or Clay Buchholz to be dealt as well, Abraham felt these players are much longer shots to be traded.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Braves are already receiving interest in their starting pitchers. While the Braves certainly aren't sellers, they can afford to move Gavin Floyd or Aaron Harang due to the presence of Alex Wood in the minor leagues, Morosi pointed out. Many clubs have been linked to pitching on the trade market, including the Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Red Sox, Giants and A's. Some have also speculated that the Pirates will make a move for a starter after Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano both hit the disabled list.
- Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun heard that the Cubs are asking for four players in return for Jeff Samardzjia.
- If the Pirates decide to open extension talks with catcher Russell Martin, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review estimated that it could take a three-year, $39 million offer to make a deal.
- The Marlins announced that they designated right-hander Kevin Slowey and left-hander Randy Wolf for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Additionally, Christian Yelich and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were been placed on the 15-day DL, and Donovan Solano was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Miami recalled right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, outfielder Jake Marisnick and first baseman Justin Bour. Most notably, top prospect Andrew Heaney also was promoted to the Majors for the first time.
- The Mets have no intention of releasing struggling outfielder Chris Young, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com.
- As expected, Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow, Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com reported. It seems all but certain that the club will opt to pay Billingsley a $3 million buyout rather than picking up his $14 million option for 2015. The veteran hurler told Saxon that the rehab is expected to be "about six months," and that surgery offered him the "best chance to pitch next year."
Draft Signing Updates:
- The Marlins signed Tyler Kolek, the second overall pick of the 2014 draft, officially introduced their newest prospect yesterday. Kolek signed for a $6 million bonus, MLB.com's Jim Callis reported over the weekend, which is the third-highest bonus ever given to a high school pitcher taken in the draft. It is still, however, significantly below the approximate $6.822 million slot price for the No. 2 overall selection.
- The Mets are expected to have a deal soon with first-round pick Michael Conforto, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com spoke to a team official who said a deal isn't absolutely done yet, but there won't be any snags either.
- The Braves agreed to a deal with first-round pick Braxton Davidson. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported tht Davidson signed near the slot value of $1.705 million.
- The Dodgers have a deal in place with first-round pick Grant Holmes, the high school righty told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com. Though terms remain unavailable, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that the University of Florida commit is expected to receive a bonus that lands above his $1,980,500 slot allotment.
- Right-hander Luke Weaver who was drafted by the Cardinals with the 27th overall selection has officially signed and received the full slot value of $1.843 million, Jen Langosch of MLB.com reported. He will report to the Cardinals' Gulf Coast League affiliate on Wednesday of this week.
- The Royals reached agreement with second-round choice (56th overall) Scott Blewett, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Blewett lands a $1.8 million bonus, MLB.com's Jim Callis reported, which lands well above his draft slot allocation of just over $1 million.
- The Red Sox agreed to a full-slot bonus with first-rounder Michael Chavis, Ryan Hannable of MetroBoston reported. Chavis, taken with the 26th overall pick, will get $1,870,500 to forego his commitment to Clemson. The Red Sox also signed second-round draft pick Sam Travis, MLB.com's Jim Callis reported. Travis was taken with the 67th overall selection and signed for that pick's exact slot value of $846,800. They also reached an agreement with compensation pick Michael Kopech. MLB.com's Jim Callis reported that Kopech received a $1.5 million bonus, meaning Boston saved about $178,000 on the selection.