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The White Sox inked Austin Jackson to a one-year, $5 million deal.
Here is the MLB Week-in-Review.
Could Wil Myers be the leader of the Padres offense? Paul Swydan of FanGraphs investigates.
Myers upped his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate last season. His Speed Score also improved last season. That didn’t translate into more stolen bases, but it’s a notable improvement nonetheless. He got better against curveballs. He swung at fewer pitches outside of the strike zone, and made better contact overall. Perhaps some of that is a byproduct of moving from the AL East to the NL West, but that’s his reality now, and there’s no automatic rule that says that just because you’re playing against weaker competition that you will automatically do better.
Wil Myers has filled a lot of roles in his brief professional baseball career. Now he is tasked with filling the role of the most talented hitter on a flawed San Diego Padres team. Whether he can fulfill this role for the majority/entirety of the 2016 season will go a long way to determining if the Padres can make some noise.
The Orioles are still considering Jay Bruce as an option for their outfield.
Here is the MLB Blog Review for this week.
And John Choiniere of Beyond the Box Score looked at the potential effect a new strike zone could have on batters.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1903, the first trade under the AL/NL peace treaty is completed, with the Giants sending their part-time manager to Detroit in exchange for second baseman Kid Gleason.