· One of the most heralded places in MLB history is the Negro Leagues Baseball museum in Kansas City, MO. For years, African-American players have visited the NLB to witness the history, and truly realize what it took for players of color to establish themselves in baseball. On Wednesday, the MLB and MLBPA donated $1M to the museum, which will keep it preserved for the near future. The donation will also help support the operations, services, expansion and educational programming. Some of the fund will also be used to refurbish the Paseo YMCA, where the original NL charter was signed in 1920. Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com on the donation. “I’m really excited about the partnership between baseball, the MLBPA and the NLB museum,” Manfred said. I realized that whenever you try to rebuild something, such as African-American participation in our game, you need a great foundation.” Flanagan also spoke to Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA. “I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I had as a player had it not been those that came before me.”
News and Notes
· Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with first-round outfielder, Adam Haseley. Terms of the deal are still being finalized.
· Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with first-round righty, Tanner Houck. He signed for $2.6M.
· According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with first-round infielder, Pavin Smith. The deal is for $5M.
· C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati Reds will promote righty Luis Castillo to the MLB roster, and he will get his first start on Friday.
· Cincinnati Reds righty Homer Bailey will make his season debut on Saturday. He is returning after receiving surgery for bone spurs in his elbow.
· The Seattle Mariners have DFA’d righty, Tyler Cloyd.
· According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman wants to move to third base. With Matt Adams playing well at first, he’s made third a consideration to keep his bat in the lineup.
· According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Oakland Athletics have released outfielder Ryan LaMarre. He is free to sign with any team.
· Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Los Angeles Angels righty Doug Fister exercised his opt-out clause after being released from his minor-league deal on Wednesday.
· Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that Houston Astros righty Jandel Gustave underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Gustave could miss the next two seasons due to recovery.
· According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with first-round lefty, Brendon Little. The deal is for $2.2M.
· Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Seattle Mariners have demoted veteran righty Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen.
· Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with first-round utilityman Keston Hiura. He signed for $4M.
· According to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien go to a rehab assignment this weekend. He is currently on the 60-day DL after undergoing surgery for a right wrist fracture.
· Anthony DiComo of the MLB.com reports that the New York Mets have placed righty Zack Wheeler on the 10-day DL due to bicep tendinitis in his right arm.