The Angels came to terms with their first round pick Sam Bachman for an under slot bonus of $3,847,500. I guess he is Bachman Underdrive rather than Overdrive.
Max Stassi made this list of potential trade deadline busts. I am not so sure the Angels would even consider trading him in view of what other catchers they have on their depth chart. Would they call up Matt Thaiss?
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People on the side of Oakland say the city and the Oakland Athletics are getting closer to a deal while people on the side of the Athletics say the parties have grown farther apart. There is usable land around Las Vegas. Water, though, might be a different story.
Twins outfielder and first baseman Alex Kirilloff will have wrist surgery that will probably end his season. The Twins called up Willians Astudillo to take his place.
Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended for two games and fined for arguing excessively with the umpires about a non-reviewable play. Taijuan Walker tried to make sure a foul ball stayed foul but he blew it. Three runners scored while all of the Mets apparently were unaware the ball was in play. Rojas seems unrepentant about the matter.
The Nationals are proceeding under the assumption that Starlin Castro will not be back with the team this year after he was placed on administrative leave for domestic violence.
Drew Robinson retired from playing professional baseball. He has a new job in the Giants front office in a mental health advocacy role.
Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull is having Tommy John surgery.
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