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MLB Storylines: Draft pick compensation not scaring Orioles

MLB Storylines: Draft pick compensation not scaring Orioles
Does Dan Duquette and the Orioles have another signing up their sleeves? (Photo: AP)
February 22, 2014
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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 Friday, February 21st.

Top Stories

  • The Orioles continue to look for ways to significantly improve their team, even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that Baltimore is still having discussions with top remaining free agent pitcher Ervin Santana, despite already giving up their first round pick to sign Jimenez. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Orioles are also talking to both Nelson Cruzand Kendrys Morales (both players are tied to draft pick compensation, as well as Santana), and that a deal with one of the two could happen soon. Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted that the Orioles and Mariners are both talking to Cruz and Morales, and both teams seem to favor Morales over Cruz.

Tribe News

  • On Friday, several Indians pitchers threw live batting practice. One of those pitchers was Trevor Bauer. After watching Bauer throw, manager Terry Francona noted that Bauer's delivery looks much smoother than it did during last year's Spring Training.

Others News and Notes

  • According to Ryan Divish of Seattle Times, the Mariners have all but given up hope on once prized top prospect Jesus Montero. Multiple reports stated that Montero showed up to camp 40 pounds overweight. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said: "I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone...We are disappointed in how he came in physically. He's got a ton to prove. It's all on him."
  • Jim Salisbury of said that the initial reports on new Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez have not been promising. Salisbury wrote that the team has not been impressed with Gonzalez, as the pitcher has shown underwhelming stuff and spotty control.
  • Adam Rubin of reported that Matt Harvey has been cleared by doctors to begin light tossing within the next couple of days. Harvey has said that he hopes to pitch sometime in 2014, but the Mets have stated that the young righty will not pitch this upcoming season.
  • Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the amount of injuries he suffered through last season made him contemplate retirement, but Quentin has said he is no longer thinking about retiring and wants to set a career-high in games played this season.

User Comments

February 24, 2014 - 1:35 PM EST

You can trade draft picks, but only certain ones. The competitive balance lottery picks can be dealt, but can only be dealt once (so team that gets it can't then flip it). Not sure when the cutoff for dealing those picks is. Thought it may be right up to the draft but may be sooner? Still not sure on that.

If the deadline hasn't passed, the Tribe could still in theory trade their 3rd 1st round pick (the sandwich pick they got in the Comp Balance Draft).

Now, every other pick the Tribe has is not tradable as you said (including the one we got for Ubaldo).
February 23, 2014 - 10:15 AM EST
I dont think drafting is the main problem but its the development of the players you draft.
Bud grant
February 22, 2014 - 11:24 PM EST
Also the tribe cannot draft worth 2 shits
February 22, 2014 - 6:04 PM EST
Also, you can't trade picks.
February 22, 2014 - 5:27 PM EST
It's not the pick itself,it's the money allotted for that pick and the flexibility that comes with it. that teams don't want to give up.
February 22, 2014 - 4:18 PM EST
I agree with you completely yourtribe. Draft picks are terribly over-valued. Tribe should consider trying to trade theirs.
February 22, 2014 - 2:45 PM EST
If you can get a proven mlb player, who cares about a pick which may have a 10% chance of making it a few yrs down the road? And since top 10 picks are protected, I see no risk.
February 22, 2014 - 7:43 AM EST
Wow the Phillies gave big money to sign this Cuban pitcher. I guess a big market team could get away with this. If the Indians FO did this I could hear the negative comments from our fan base and demanding some firings.

I hope the smoothness of Bauer's new delivery means he will be able to throw strikes and gain command of the zone. I guess we will see the results shortly once SP games begin.

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