Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marte Signed for Six Years, Bucs-Twins, Top 20, 2014 Payrolls

Last Grapefruit League road game...
  • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports announced that Starling Marte agreed on a six-year deal with an option (other sources say two options), while Jim Duquette of MLB Radio and Enrique Rojas of ESPN tweeted that the basic deal is for $31M. Another team-friendly deal for the FO. We'll announce the details after everything's firmed up and confirmed.
  • The Pirates travel to Ft. Myers to face the Twins in a 1:05 PM game, with Brandon Cumpton making his second start (and sixth appearance) of the spring. The game can be seen live on MLB.TV or via webcast on Edinson Volquez, who was supposed to get the start, will instead pitch a two-inning simulated game in camp, no reason given.
  • The lineup: Josh Harrison LF, Travis Snider RF, Cutch CF, Pedro 3B, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez DH, Travis Ishikawa 1B, Tony Sanchez C and Jordy Mercer SS.
  • Edinson Volquez and Fracisco Liriano will both stay in camp today and work controlled sessions, Volquez to search for the strike zone and Frankie to check out his leg.
  • John Sickels of Minor League Ball has the Bucs Top Twenty Prospects with grades and a brief breakdown.
  • The new cast of fringy FAs after the latest round of cuts as compiled by the Daily Dish.
  • And for your reading pleasure (you'll note that more teams shell out $100M+ now than don't; provide your own commentary):
Team payrolls (Associated Press)
  1. Los Angeles Dodgers: $235,295,219 
  2. N.Y. Yankees: $203,812,506 
  3. Philadelphia: $180,052,723 
  4. Boston: $162,817,411 
  5. Detroit: $162,228,527 
  6. Los Angeles Angels: $155,692,000 
  7. San Francisco: $154,185,878 
  8. Texas: $136,036,172 
  9. Washington: $134,704,437 
  10. Toronto: $132,628,700 
  11. Arizona: $112,688,666 
  12. Cincinnati: $112,390,772 
  13. St. Louis: $111,020,360 
  14. Atlanta: $110,897,341 
  15. Baltimore: $107,406,623 
  16. Milwaukee: $103,844,806
  17. Colorado: $95,832,071 
  18. Seattle: $92,081,943 
  19. Kansas City: $92,034,345 
  20. Chicago White Sox: $91,159,254 
  21. San Diego: $90,094,196 
  22. New York Mets: $89,051,758 
  23. Chicago Cubs: $89,007,857 
  24. Minnesota: $85,776,500 
  25. Oakland: $83,401,400 
  26. Cleveland: $82,534,800 
  27. Pittsburgh: $78,111,667 
  28. Tampa Bay: $77,062,891 
  29. Miami: $47,565,400 
  30. Houston: $44,544,174
NL Central in bold.

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