MINOR LEAGUE PAY INCREASE – BLUE JAYS
Today the Toronto Blue Jays did something that 29 other teams have failed to do, pay their minor leaguers a livable wage. I congratulate them honorably to do so. In a story from Emily Waldon (Subscription required link) the details showcase the changes coming to the Blue Jay’s system. They will be giving all their minor leaguers from their Dominican summer league affiliated teams, all the way to AAA “more than 50%” increase in pay. Bravo Bravo Bravo Blue Jays.
Francisco Lindor – Injury
Today star shortstop Francisco Lindor suffered an injury to his right calf. While only a “strain” they are fearful that he could miss opening day. When the Indians break camp next week, they will reevaluate his status.
- Yankees have given Gio Gonazlez an offer, but it seems that they are far apart on a potential deal (tweet)
- Ranger’s Joey Gallo faced a groin strain, but says he will be ready for Opening Day (Link)
- Dodger’s Corey Seager says that he will be ready for Opening Day despite not playing in any ST games so far (Tweet)
- Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury reported to ST today, but “not close” to being ready for games. He is hitting off a tee, and playing catch so far (tweet)
As I am going to do each Sunday, MLB Trade Rumors does a great roundup of blogs over the past week. Great for some afternoon Monday reading. Here it is:
- Chin Music Baseball names eight players who could beat Bryce Harper’s record-setting payday.
- Fish Stripes advises the Marlins to cut Wei-Yin Chen.
- A’s Farm talks with Athletics catcher prospect Sean Murphy.
- MLB & Fantasy Baseball Analyzed takes a look at 10 hitters who could surprise in 2019.
- The Dugout grades the Pirates’ offseason.
- Hardball Via Hardcore outlines Seattle’s strategy and timeline for contention.
- Chipalatta lists 10 reasons the Astros can return to being world champions.
- Jays From the Couch wonders when prospect Bo Bichette will make his major league debut.
- The Point of Pittsburgh, Mets Critic and Mets Daddy each weigh in on the majors’ rule changes.
- Th3rdManIn.com predicts the Brewers’ season-opening roster.
- Rising Apple has five 2019 goals for Noah Syndergaard.
- Call to the Pen (links: 1, 2) runs down possible destinations for Craig Kimbreland explores the concerns in the Phillies’ rotation.
- Clubhouse Corner’s Bernie Pleskoff gives his scouting reports from Arizona.
- Notes from the Sally previews the Lexington Legends, who are the Royals’ South Atlantic League team.
- The Giants Cove writes that the team “definitely” isn’t rebuilding.
- Rox Pile names four things it has learned from Rockies spring training.
- Baseball Prospect Journal covers prospects who are rising and falling in draft boards.
- Nydrcast highlights the Cardinals’ salary obligations.
- Foul Territory wonders what the Braves are doing.
- Phillies Nation debates how many All-Stars the team will have this season.
- The Runner Sports (links: 1, 2) looks at Yankees who have gotten off to slow starts this spring and revisits the unusual career of ex-MLB hurler Mark Lemongello.
- Everything Bluebirds focuses on the Blue Jays’ left field battle.
- statsswipe interviews Brewers TV statistician Mike Falkner.
- East Village Times welcomes the Padres’ newfound “edge.”
- Baseball Rabbi (podcast) discusses Scott Rolen’s Hall of Fame case and offers a preview of the NL Central.
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