Storylines: Rays continue model of extending young talent
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, April 2nd.
- The Rays continued to lock up their young talent, agreeing to a six year extension with starter Chris Archer. The deal will guarantee Archer $25.5 million over the next six years. The extension will buy out all of Archer's pre-arbitration and arbitration years and includes two club options that could push the deal to eight years and $43.75 million. Archer was originally drafted by the Indians, but was dealt to the Cubs for Mark DeRosa. The Cubs then sent the young righty to Tampa in the Matt Garza deal.
- Tribe manager Terry Francona hinted that utility man Ryan Raburn may see an increase in playing time this season. Francona said, "People look at him as a role player. I don't know that that necessarily has to be the case. He's got some thump in that bat."
- Centerfielder Michael Bourn is scheduled to play in rehab games with Triple-A Columbus on Thursday and Friday. Bourn is eligible to return from the DL on Saturday.
Others News and Notes
- According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, amateur draft pools and international bonus pools allotted under the new collective bargaining agreement will rise by 1.7% this year.
- Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reported that the Padres are nearing a deal with Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal is a Minor League contract that does not guarantee Despaigne a lot of money.
- The Blue Jays signed corner infielder Juan Francisco, who was released by the Brewers after losing the first base battle to Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay.
- Former top-100 prospect Carlos Triunfel was claimed by the Dodgers off waivers on Wednesday. The 24-year-old shortstop was designated for assignment by the Mariners.
- The Braves claimed reliever Pedro Beato off waivers from the Reds. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution said that Beato will go straight to Atlanta's active roster.
- Lefty reliever Bobby LaFromboise, who was designated for assignment by Seattle, was claimed by the Padres.
- The Angels claimed 27-year-old reliever Michael Brady off waivers from the Marlins.
115 games or so with 350-400 plate appearances...I wouldn't be too opposed to that with Raburn.