Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Called Up
After to last night’s game, Manager Charlie Montoyo announced that Mega Prospect Vlad Jr. will be in the lineup in Friday’s game against the A’s. Last year Vlad Jr. hit a whopping .402/.449/.671 slash line in AA. This year so far in AAA he is still slugging a .336/.414/.564 as a 20 year old. He also hits just MOONSHOTS as a very strong young man. While easily rated as the game’s #1 prospect, he did not make the ball club as service time manipulation was being whispered. He ultimately faced an oblique strain which the club definitely used to their advantage to get the extra year of control.
Cody Allen – Lost Closer Role
Prior to last night’s matchup between the Halo’s and Yankees, Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that Cody Allen will no longer be used as the Closer. Struggling with velocity so far in 2019 (a full two MPH slower) he is also allowing many more dingers. He has allowed three already this year. His strikeout rate is also still down tending ever since he was one of the more prominent closers in the game.
Joey Wendle – Fractured Wrist
Rising star infielder Joey Wendle is now back on the IL, this time with a fractured wrist. During last night’s matchup against the Royals he was hit by a pitch in what caused the fracture.
- Yankee’s Gary Sanchez returned from the IL and went 0-4 with 4 Ks.
- Erik Gonzalez will undergo surgery to repair his clavicle
- Rangers prospect Taylor Hearn will be called up to the bigs
PITCH OF THE DAY
Justin Verlander, Wicked 89mph Slider (w/ tail). 🤢
Business of Baseball – Split Contract
A split contract calls for a player to earn different salaries in the Majors Leagues and Minor Leagues. For instance, a player could earn $14,000 per month in the Minor Leagues but be paid a $535,000 salary for the Major Leagues. That player would earn the pro-rated portion of his Major League salary for any time spent on the Major League roster. That is determined by dividing his Major League salary by 183 (the number of days in the MLB regular season) and multiplying that number by the number of days spent on the Major League roster.
The Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Chris Gimenez by agreeing to a one-year split contract with him in December 2015. The deal afforded Gimenez a $975,000 salary upon making the Major League roster.
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