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Geovany Soto will be out for 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus:
With Soto on the disabled list, the Angels made a corresponding move to call-up Jett Bandy from Triple-A Salt Lake. The 26-year old has had two plate appearances at the major league level so far. In his 450 AAA plate appearances, Bandy has slashed a respectable .286/.339/.452.
We actually don't know anything about the 2016 draft class, and that's OK.
These five teams have had a notable amount of success with regard to drafting players in recent seasons. The Astros are on the list.
Texas announced its plans for a new stadium, according to Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.
The Star-Telegram reported that a new $900 million ballpark be split equally between the city and the Rangers. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that an election would be held in November to dedicate Arlington's half-cent sales tax currently paying off the Cowboys AT&T Stadium to the new Rangers ballpark.
Neither City of Arlington nor Rangers officials confirmed a news conference for Friday, but City of Arlington Marketing Communications manager Jay Warren released an optimistic statement about the future between the parties.
Tim Lincecum passed his physical:
Lincecum passed physical, deal with angels complete.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 19, 2016
Ed Lucas joins the Diamondbacks:
#DBacks sign recently released 3B Ed Lucas and 1B Justin Chigbogu to minor league deals— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) May 19, 2016
The White Sox are already discussing potential trades they can make to upgrade their roster this summer, according to CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine.
Blue Jays lefty Brett Cecil will likely be out for a month after an MRI revealed a tear in his muscle, according to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
Yoenis Cespedes was never close to signing with the Nationals, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin:
“I was never close to signing with the Nationals,” Cespedes said through an interpreter. “From the start I was pushing my agent because I wanted to come back to the Mets.”
Cespedes has cited his positive experience playing with the Mets from Aug. 1 onward last season as a compelling reason to re-sign with the club.
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