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With the draft is over, now it’s time to focus on trade season.
Ike Davis is ready for round two in New York, this time with the Yankees, as he has signed a major-league deal with the Bronx Bombers.
Oakland’s defense is something else, and the player who committed 35 errors in 2015 has been their best defensive player in 2016.
But, see, here’s the problem with Oakland. Their top prospect is Franklin Barreto, currently a shortsop, but here’s an excerpt from Christoper Crawford’s most recentscouting report: “…the fundamentals—or lack thereof—make his long-term position a question mark.” Barreto nearly matched Semien’s 35 major league errors at shortstop with 34 in the minors himself. Their next-best position player prospect is Matt Olson, likely future first baseman. Crawford: “…a lack of speed/athleticism makes his future as an unspectacular, though solid first baseman much more likely [than a corner outfielder].” Richie Martin, Matt Chapman and Yairo Munoz all project as big league defenders, but questionable big league bats.
Help in the way of everyday big league players with plus gloves at premium positions don’t appear to be on the way for Oakland as they were in Cleveland. Ideally, there would be obvious internal solutions to bump Vogt off catcher and Semien off shortstop as soon as next year for means of an immediate defensive improvement, but it’s not clear that’s the case. Oakland’s top prospects are defensive tweeners, just as their current major leaguers are the defensive tweeners who have contributed to baseball’s worst defense. Odds are, Oakland’s next contending team will look very little like the one that suits up now. A major overhaul is likely on the way, and defense ought to be a priority.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League East.
Also, the MLB Week-in-Review.
And as these draftees sign their contracts, this tracker will have all the information in one place for you.
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