Waiver draft complete; Athletes bulk up as spring training nears

Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Alex Lange, Yonder Alonso and Leonys Martin were selected with the first five picks in the 2016 Waiver Draft.

Boston used the first pick to add Rodriguez to its bullpen. In need of a catcher, Louisville nabbed veteran backstop Saltalamacchia with the second selection.

After announcing Lang as the third choice, Tijuana dealt the college righty to Cleveland for a future draft pick. Toronto then opted for Alonso fourth and Twin City landed Martin at No. 5.

In all, 29 players were selected, five of whom had been released earlier in the draft (Chad Qualls, Adam Brett Walker, Rich Hill, Ryan Webb and Jose Alvarez). ST logo 2016Complete results can be found here.

With the offseason drafts complete, spring training is right around the corner and Oakland isn’t wasting time trying to make itself the favorite following its 116-win season in 2015.

The Athletes made a couple of notable trades, adding Justin Turner just before the waiver draft and landing Hunter Pence in a six-player deal a few hours later.

Oakland sent Ken Giles and Ruben Tejada to Calgary to land Turner and J.P. Howell. Then Kevin Kiermaier, Joe Kelly and a future third-round pick were moved to Dublin in exchange for Pence, Luis Ortiz and  Joe Musgrove.

Castillo, Pearce, Stanton, Volquez highlight spring action

Twin City’s Rusney Castillo hit .490 with seven homers and a 1.477 OPS for perhaps the finest spring training performance among many in PGBL Grapefruit and Cactus play.

Edinson VolquezWhile Castillo won’t be playing regular season games for the retooled defending champions, a few impact players also had strong spring showings.

Chicago slugger Giancarlo Stanton bashed eight homers and a spring-best 22 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 14-4 mark to top all clubs. Ottawa finished at 13-5 as Steve Pearce whacked a league-leading nine jacks.

On the pitching side, Tijuana’s Marcus Stroman went 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 28 strikeouts. The top single game performance came from Vancouver’s Edinson Volquez, who struck out seven of the 30 batters he faced in a no-hitter against Dublin.

Opening Day will be Monday, so teams are asked to submit their finalized 25-man active rosters, lineups and pitching assignments as soon as possible.


Spring Training Days Away

All transactions including the waiver draft have been updated and the rosters on the website should be accurate both in the rosters tab and under team pages in the DMB reports. Please let Brett (at [email protected]) know if you see any errors.
Spring Training will be conducted next Wednesday and Thursday. Please send all lineup information to the PGBL Office email address by Tuesday, January 5th. If you do not have any requests and want to let Fungus run things, that is fine but please let the office know. All injuries and fatigue will be reset after Spring Training concludes so everyone will start fresh and healthy when the season starts.

To access the Spring Training pages visit here.

Spring training nears; cuts still due Tuesday

The 2015 season disk has arrived and Brett is working to get all the rosters updated and everything set up. We are still planning to have a set of spring training games as we have in the past, but it is likely these games will be played after the 45-man cuts are due at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. More information will be provided in the near future.