Givens Gives the Heat in Bay Sox 2-1 Win

May 3rd, 2015

Mychal Givens was a shortstop when he was drafted by the Orioles in the second round of the 2009 draft. There were arguments over who would be the Orioles shortstop of the future, Mychal Givens or Manny Machado. Turns out neither of them. Mychal was converted to a pitcher and now closes for the Bowie Bay Sox. The radar glared 100 for one pitch as he threw two innings of shutout ball to pick up the save in the Bowie Bay Sox 2-1 win over the Harrisburg Senators.

Anthony Rendon was originally in the lineup to play second base for the Senators. He was a late scratch, replaced by Kevin Keyes, who hit in the DH spot as Tony Renda moved from DH to second base. Keyes swung and missed at a 98 mile per hour Mychal Givens fastball to end the game.

The Bay Sox struck first in the opening frame getting singles from Mike Yastremski and Garabez Rosa, sandwiched in between with a walk from Glynn Davis to load the bases with no out off Senators starter Brian Rauh. It was Rauh’s second AA appearance after being promoted from Potomac. He gave up four homeruns and eight runs in his first outing. He settled down, getting Bay Sox RBI leader Sean Halton to ground into a double play to the third baseman, third to first. A run scored on the play.

Rauh gave up his second run in the fifth, giving up a two out triple to Mike Yastremski and a single to Glynn Davis. The top three hitters in the lineup for the Bay Sox were 7 for 10 off Rauh, but he lasted seven innings allowing only two runs.

Elih Villanueva pitched well for the Bay Sox, changing his speeds from 88 to 93 on his fastball. The Senators got their only run in the third on one out singles from Shawn Pleffner and Caleb Ramsey. Villanueva got Tony Renda to hit the ball on the ground for a possible 6-4-3 double play, but Derik Gibson could not get the ball out of his glove quickly enough and by the time the throw was made Renda had stepped on first just ahead of the throw, allowing Pleffner to score.

The Senators almost scored in the fifth. Wilmer Difo was on third with one out after leading off the inning with an opposite field double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a fly out. With the infield in Shawn Pleffner bounced one to Ozzie Martinez at short. Difo immediately broke for the plate but Martinez rifled a perfect throw home to get Difo. The remaining four innings the Senators could only get a runner on second. That was in the ninth inning when Givens could not handle the flip from Halton for the error, putting the leadoff man on first. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, but never saw third as two of the last three Senator hitters struck out.

Game Notes: Glynn Davis is playing centerfield over Mike Yastremski. Mike is an excellent center fielder from what we have seen of him. His bat lacks the power to profile well in left. Having Davis play centerfield over Yaz is a testament to his defensive capabilities…With Garabez Rosa in right field the Bay Sox had an outfield that could cover a lot of ground…Mario Lisson has a strong arm for right field. His foot speed is a little slow. The Mike Yastremski triple should have only been a double if Lisson had not been the one lumbering for the ball…Pedro Severino is one of the Nationals top catching prospects. He either baited Brandon Snyder or had a brain fart. With runners on first and second and one out he faked a throw to first, dropped the ball and casually went over to pick it up. Snyder broke for third, but Severino gathered the ball with his thoughts early enough to make the throw and nail the slow footed Snyder…Michael Burgess needs to try to go the other way with the pitch. Teams play three infielders to the right of second base and in two of his at bats he grounded out to the player perched in short right field. He also popped out to right field. He came into the game hitting only .133.

Eagles Shocking the KBO

May 2nd, 2015

The Hanwha Eagles have finished in last place in the KBO in four of the last five years. In 2011 they finished in sixth place. Their best years were in 2006 and 2007 when Hyun-Jin Ryu was their ace. They lost in the Korean Series in 2006 to the Samsung Lions, didn’t go quite as far in the playoffs in 2007 and have not appeared in the playoffs since.

They hired a no nonsense old school manager Sung-Keun Kim who led the SK Wyverns to Korean Series championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Unfortunately they also signed flamboyant Nyjer Morgan as their foreign bat. It was quite apparent this would be an oil and vinegar relationship. Nyjer has been sent down to the minor leagues three different times. Despite the fact Nyjer as been banished to the minor leagues the Eagles continue to win without the foreign bat.

Yong-Kyu Lee with his .353 average sets up the offense for the big bats of Tae-Kyun Kim (.273, 5, 19), Kyung-eon Kim (.347, 4, 19) and Jin-Haeng Choi (.278, 5, 18). Foreign pitchers Shane Youman (1-2, 5.01) and Mitch Talbot (1-2, 7.66) have not provided them with a lot of success. The Eagles have converted Young-myung Ahn (4-0, 1.69) to the starting rotation and he has not allowed a run in his last two starts, covering a little over 10 innings. Kwon Hyuk is their closer with 6 saves and a 3.04 ERA. He is tied for second on the team for innings pitched based on his 17 appearances, many going more than one inning.

The Nexen Heroes lost 40 homerun hitting shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to the major leagues and early in the season lost their MVP of the league second baseman Geon-chang Seo to injury. Seo was the first KBO player to hit over 200 hits in a season. Despite these losses they continue to play well early in the season with a 15-12 record and a fourth place standing that would get them to the playoffs. Next year they may lose their previous MVP, slugging first baseman Byung-Ho Park, who has six homeruns, 20 RBIs and a .337 average to start the season. He has expressed an interest in flowing Kang to the major leagues. Andy Van Hekken (4-1, 2.83) continues to be one of the best pitchers in the KBO.

The expansion team KT Wiz may have been allowed to play in the league too soon before they were competitive. The NC Dinos were allowed to compete in what is their equivalent to the minor leagues for a couple years, participating in the drafts to stock up their roster before they officially joined the KBO. The Wiz were needed right away to quiet a player revolt and balance the league to 10 teams. In 27 games they have only won three games for a .111 winning percentage. They are last in the league in hitting by 30 points (.217 average), last in homeruns by over 11 (12) and the only team in the KBO to have less than 100 runs (71). On the pitching front they have the highest ERA (5.82) and have given up the most homeruns (36). It is a horrible team.

Myworld will provide a more thorough update in the near future.

Brazilian Missaki Starts No-Hitter

May 2nd, 2015

Two fun guys down in Low A to watch for the Yankees if you like speed are Dominicans Abiatal Avelino and Jorge Mateo. Avelino is hitting .301 but has 16 stolen bases 19 attempts. That is five more than he stole last year at Charleston in 33 less games. Mateo is in his first season in full season ball. The shortstop is hitting .260 with 20 stolen bases in 24 attempts. The low minor leagues is filled with fast players who can steal bases off inexperienced catchers and pitchers who have trouble holding runners while throwing from the stretch. The real trick is whether they can continue to steal bases at the higher levels. Neither player hits for a lot of power.

Carlos Sanchez was demoted to the minor leagues after playing one game with the White Sox (going 2 for 3) despite having a torrid spring. The White Sox brass feels Micah Johnson has more tools. Sanchez has not cooled down since his demotion to AAA going 5 for 5 with two doubles to raise his average to .378. Sanchez has a three game multi hit streak (9 for 14). The one concern is his 3/20 walk to whiff ratio, which if he is not hitting over .300 puts his OBA at less than .300.

Another Venezuelan middle infielder Luis Sardinas went 4 for 6 to score four runs for the Brewers AAA team. He also showed some foot speed by stealing four bases to give him five for the year. The Brewers have not gotten off to a good start and Sardinas .406 average against lefthanded pitching could allow Luis to at least platoon at second base against lefthanded pitchers.

Alen Hanson got off to a slow start last year. This year is more of the same. The weather is warming up for the Pirate middle infielder and so is his bat. A 4 for 5 day raised his average to .268. The Pirates roster is loaded with middle infielders so Hanson will probably play all year in AAA unless a couple injuries forces a call up. Next year will be his opportunity after Craig Walker becomes a free agent.

On to the pitchers. Pat Light was pretty strong in a relief outing striking out five of the seven hitters he faced. The Red Sox righthander is pitching in relief after starting most of his minor league career. Two poor outings has kept his ERA at a high 4.05. He has not allowed a hit in his last three outings covering four plus innings. At 6′5″ Pat has been intimidating in his last two appearances, striking out seven of the nine hitters he has faced in AA.

The Angels Chris Ellis has been having a rough year. In his first four starts of April he has allowed three or more runs in three of them. May has arrived and with that came a quality start. Chris allowed just one hit in his May outing, but that was a homerun. After he left in the sixth the bullpen coughed up five runs in the seventh and Ellis was forced to swallow his third loss of the year without a victory.

In four starts in High A the Rays Blake Snell did not give up a run, allowing 1, 2, 3, and 4 hits in his outings The Rays promoted the 6′4″ lefthander to their AA franchise Montgomery and Snell did not bat an eyelash. He threw six innings of one hit ball, striking out eight. This is his third start of five in which he has struck out 8 or more. The shutout streak extends to 27.

The 6′8″ Tyler Glasnow has always had trouble with control. Not yesterday. Tyler went six innings and allowed just one hit, striking out seven while not walking a hitter. It is his second start of four in which he has not walked a batter. The outing lowered his ERA to 0.79. In four starts Tyler has not allowed more than one run and is 2-0.

The player of May 1 has to go to Brazilian Daniel Missaki, who threw seven innings of no hit ball, issuing a two out walk in the seventh inning to ruin his perfect game. His bullpen mates pitched the last two innings to complete the no hitter. Missaki was the youngest participant in the 2013 World Baseball Classic at 16 years old. He turned 19 this year and has started five games for Low A Clinton, weaving together a 3.68 ERA with 30 whiffs in 29 innings. The Mariners signed him after seeing him pitch in the World Baseball Classic qualifier.

2015 - Top Venezuelan Prospects - National League

May 1st, 2015

The number three prospect from this list Wilmer Flores is playing shortstop for the Mets, even though the consensus is he doesn’t have the tools to play the position. Met fans are starting to boo him after each defensive lapse. Cesar Hernandez, the fourth rated prospect, is playing in a utility role for the Phillies. Those are the only major leaguers from the 2014 list.

1. Jose Peraza 2B/SS (Braves) - About the only tool Jose lacks is power. This is his third year on this list, but he keeps rising each year. Rated number one now leaves him no place to go higher. Jose has the tools to play shortstop, but with Andrelton Simmons at the position the Braves are playing him at second. His arm also may lack the strength to make the throws in the hole. Last year his speed allowed him to steal 60 bases. His bat also makes solid contact with the ball giving him an average over .335 split between High A and AA. Freddi Gonsalez wanted to keep him on the 25 man roster this year but a poor spring gave him another season in the minors. After a slow start in AAA Jose has raised his average to .263. If he gets that average over .300 it won’t take long for the Braves to promote him. Only Jace Pterson stands in his way.

2. Orlando Arcia SS (Brewers) - Another player with shortstop tools who may be moved to second base to give him a position. Jean Segura currently has the shortstop job for the Brewers. Orlando shows gap power, his double production increasing from 14 to 29. He also shows the speed to steal 30 plus stolen bases. Currently, he is tearing up AA hitting .409 with a .545 slugging average. His older brother Oswaldo plays right field for the Twins and has a little more pop in the bat than Orlando. If Orlando can show any kind of bat he will find a job in the major leagues.

3. Ricardo Sanchez LHP (Braves) - The Angels signed Ricardo for $580,000 in 2013 and he immediately found himself as one of the top prospects for the Angels. It did not take long for them to trade the young 17 year old for Kyle Kubitza, an older prospect who provides the Angels a more immediate need at third base, even though his ceiling is much lower. Ricardo throws the ball hard, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, mixing in a good curveball and developing change. The Braves started him at Low A where he would be the youngest player in the league. In four starts he has struggled with an 8.79 ERA. His strikeout numbers are there, but when the bats make contact they are falling for hits. The Braves will be patient with him and hope he turns into a lefthanded equivalent of Felix Hernandez.

4. Gleyber Torres SS (Cubs) - Another Cub shortstop to crowd the middle diamond. His range probably fits better at second base, especially with all the talent the Cubs have to play short. The Cubs paid $1.7 million in 2013 to sign him. Power and speed will be lacking in his game, but he makes enough hard contact to hit for average. Gleyber is making his full season debut at age 18 and raking with a .352 average. He is also showing that speed is not needed to steal bases, pilfering seven.

5. Luis Sardinas SS (Brewers) - Luis was second fiddle to Jurickson Profar so the Rangers traded him and two other prospects to the Brewers for Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers had signed Sardinas the same year they had signed Profar, paying Sardinas $1.2 million and Profar $1.55 million. The tools are there to play shortstop but the bat lacks pop to provide power. His plate patience is also poor which could give him OBAs below .300. If the bat does not progress his defense is good enough to fit in a utility role. Sardinas has gone from one team with two good shortstops (Andrus and Profar) to another team with two good shortstops (Segura and Arcia). At least he is ahead of Arcia in the prospect race.

6. Yosman Rodriguez OF (Reds) - The Reds shelled out a lot of money to sign Yosman ($2.5 million). The tools are there to make him a break out player, but the production has been lacking. His speed is a little short to play centerfield, but his arm is strong enough to fill right. His power has not shown up consistently with a minor league career slugging percentage of .395. If the tools remain absent his best bet for major league service time will be as a fourth outfielder, much less than the Reds expected when they paid him all that bonus money in 2008.

7. Elias Diaz C (Pirates) - A strong defensive catcher with an above average arm, he had a breakout season with the bat last year. Elias signed with the Pirates in 2008 but a light bat slowed his ascent up the minor leagues. Last year he hit .328 at AA Altoona. The power will probably keep him below double digits but if he can find the gaps Elias will be a useful player behind the plate because of his defenses. At worst he will fill a back up role. The Pirates gave him a promotion to AAA and he has gotten off to a slow start hitting .203 with a .254 OBA.

8. Carlos Tocci OF (Phillies) - The Phillies love to sign players with lots of tools. They have not had a lot of success developing those tools. Carlos was signed for $759,000 in 2011. His defense allows him to cover the ground necessary for centerfield. The big question with Carlos is whether his bat will ever develop to get him consistent playing time in the major leagues. He is usually one of the younger players in the league, but two seasons in Low A did not see his OBA raise over .300 or his slugging average climbing higher than .324. He lacks the speed for stolen bases so he appears to be geared to fulfill a role more as a fourth outfielder than a starter. The Phillies have given him a third year in Low A and a .359 average after 20 games is promising. A 9/7 walk to whiff rate and 7 for 7 stolen base success rate will get him to High A by mid-season. Carlos turns 20 in August.

9. Odubel Herrera OF (Phillies) - The Phillies stole Odubel from the Rangers in the Rule V draft. While with the Rangers he played second base. The Phillies moved him out to centerfield where he forced Ben Revere to shift to left. Odubel terrorized pitchers during the winter season in Venezuela hitting .372. He is now terrorizing major league pitchers for a .301 average. The red flag with Odubel is a lack of patience, which could result in lower averages as more experienced pitchers take advantage of this weakness. He currently has a 5/18 walk to whiff ratio with the Phillies.

10. Jairo Diaz RHP (Rockies) - The Rockies are trying to find pitchers who throw hard. They traded Josh Rutledge to the Angels after last season to acquire Diaz, the second pitcher on this list the Angels traded away. If you can’t hit the ball it doesn’t matter how far the ball carries in the high altitude. Jairo hits 100 on the radar with his fastball and follows it up with a slider that can dial down to 87 with lots of dip. A lack of command and a third quality pitch has put him in the bullpen. Last year he made his major league debut with the Angels, pitching in five games of relief. The Rockies have him pitching at AAA Albuquerque where his 6.23 ERA shows a bit of a struggle. He has walked six, struck out six and given up six runs.

For the 2014 prospect list you can review the link below:

2014 - Top Venezuelan Prospects - National League

Hessman Goes Yard Twice to Tie Cullop for Sixth in Homeruns

May 1st, 2015

There were three four hit games, but none of those provided a lot of run production. The best was from the Angels second base prospect Alex Yarbrough, who went 4 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. After the Angels traded Howie Kendrick the second baseman of the future opened up for Yarbrough. The bat appears to be warming up for Alex as he is 7 for 10 with four doubles and five RBIs in his last two games to raise his average to .260. Prior to that two game streak his average was mired in the .190 neighborhood.

The Cubs have another middle infield prospect lurking down in Low A. Gleyber Torres went 4 for 5 to raise his average to .352. Gleyber has gone on a four game hitting tear of 10 for 16 to raise his average above .300. The Venezuelan does not hit for a lot of power, though three of his four extra base hits have come in the four game hitting streak. Last year in rookie ball Gleyber was only 10 for 18 in stolen base success rate. This year he is 7 for 8.

Daniel Robertson could be the Rays shortstop of the near future. He was acquired from the Oakland Athletics last year to stock up the minor league system that has been a disappointment because of poor drafts. A third player with a four hit day, Daniel also gapped three doubles to give him seven for the year. Last year Daniel slugged 15 homeruns in Low A. The power has yet to show in AA with only one homerun and a slugging average of .403, which matches the production he showed in 2013, but is 70 points light of his 2014 season.

One of the shortstops myworld was most impressed with at the Series del Caribe in Puerto Rico was Orlando Arcia. A 3 for 4 day upped his average to .409. Orlando is not a big power threat, but last year he doubled his double total from 14 to 29. His four doubles this year put him on that same pace.

The top pitching effort went to the Mets Steve Matz. Currently the Mets pitching rotation does not have a lot of room for him. The 12 strikeout performance from Matz has got the Mets thinking. In seven innings he allowed one run, allowed five hits and walked two, striking out a season high 12 batters. The effort gave him the win improving his record to 3-1. In his last three starts Matz has only given up two runs in 19 innings of work.

The minor league player of the day goes to veteran Mike Hessman, who only got two hits. Both of those hits were homeruns, one in the first inning and the last in the ninth inning. The two homeruns give him 420 for his minor league career, putting him sixth on the all time list, tied with Nick Cullop. Mike is still 64 homeruns short of Hector Espino, who holds the minor league mark. It will probably take him one more season to reach that mark. If he does he can author a book titled the real life Crash Davis. A firstbaseman, he has no shot of usurping Miguel Cabrera for the first base job, but an injury at the major league level could delay his movement towards the homerun mark.

Three Brazillians Report to France

April 30th, 2015

Three Brazilian players who played on the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifier team for Brazil have decided to go to France to play for Stade Toulousain. Mister Baseball reports that Felipe Burin (Mariners) and Rojo Samper (Phillies) have given up their minor league aspirations to play for the green grass in France. Allan Belen Fanhoni came from the Japanese independent league to play for the French team.

Davidson Bangs in Six Runs

April 30th, 2015

Dylan Bundy has had four three inning starts this year. Yesterday he faced the minimum nine hitters, striking out five. This matched his opening day start when he faced 10 hitters in three innings of shutout ball. In between he has given up two runs in his two starts to give him two losses. Many forget Bundy is only 22 so throwing in AA is still within the timetable for a 22 year old.

His brother J.D. gets more publicity because he was a first round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2013. Dustin Peterson was a second round pick by the Padres, but was traded to the Atlanta Braves in the Justin Upton trade. His bat started out slow, staying below that Mendoza line until a 4 for 4 day lifted it up to .246 in the High A Carolina League. He fell a triple short of the cycle, hitting his second double and third homerun in addition to two singles. Despite the low average Dustin is still drawing his share of walks with nine putting his OBA at a respectable .346.

The player of the day for April 29 is Matt Davidson. Many thought he would have been the third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks by now, but they traded him to the Chicago White Sox. He stumbled last year with a .199 average, but still showed a power bat with 20 homeruns. Strikeouts (164 in 2014) have always been a problem. Yesterday he drove in a career high six runs on a 3 for 5 day with two doubles and his fourth homerun of the season. The three hits rose his average to .261.

Ervin Showing Some Pop for the Reds

April 29th, 2015

Not a lot of great performances to find a minor league player of April 28. Mychal Givens always had a good arm for shortstop. His biggest challenge was yielding a productive bat. Now that he is on the mound swinging a bat is not important. Givens pitched three innings in relief, allowing only one hit while striking out six. His ERA falls to 0.71 and he has struck out 19 in just a little over 12 innings of work. Expect him to be in the Orioles bullpen before the year is out.

It almost seems like de ja vu, but Brent Honeywell threw six innings, gave up just one hit and struck out seven. That is what we said about him six days ago. We know it was a different outing because this time he did not walk a batter, picked up his second win and lowered his ERA to 0.82. If he was not doing all this in Low A myworld would say the Rays have a lot to get excited about, but don’t expect him up with the major league club until late 2016 at the earliest.

Adam Plutko is dominating the Carolina League. The Indians pitcher tossed six innings of two hit ball to pick up his first win, lowering his ERA to 1.14 in the process. Plutko has not given up more than one run in any of his four starts. Opponents are hitting less than .155 against the ex-Bruin righthander with an impressive 0.63 WHIP.

Daniel Fields is a veteran minor leaguer with little room in the Tigers outfield. He would like to force some room to be made after a 4 for 5 day raised his average to .356. What is most impressive about his early season success is his five triples, which surpasses the total he hit all of last season. He has hit triples in back to back games, three triples in four games and four in his last six games. His career high for triples in a season is 6 which he has almost reached in the month of April. In his last two games Daniel is 7 for 11.

Phil Ervin gets our player for April 28 with his two jolts yesterday to give him six for the season. The number one pick of the Reds in 2013 has not had more than 8 in his two previous seasons, one of those years limited to just a half a season. He has six in April and is just one behind the minor league lead leader, pretty good production for a hitter jacking his homeruns in the Florida State league. Phil is also hitting .343, more than 120 points over his average of last year, when wrist surgery may have hurt his 2013 production.

Asian Cup in Jakarta Indonesia

April 29th, 2015

The 11th Asian Cup Eastern Division championships will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from May 3 to May 8. The teams participating are Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The winner gets to be beat up by Taiwan, Korea and Japan in the Asia Baseball Championships to be played in 2016. The last time a country other than the three mentioned above finished in the top two was in 1954, during the first year of the Asia Baseball Championships when the Philippines were the winners.

Major League Team Salaries

April 29th, 2015

Below are the major league team salaries with the 20 million plus players from each team named, or if they lack a 20 million plus player the highest salaried player from the team.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers - $230 million (Clayton Kershaw $31 million, Zack Greinke $27, Adrian Gonzalez $21.8, Carl Crawford $21.3)

2. New York Yankees - $213 million (Mark Teixeira $23.1, C.C. Sabathia $23, Alex Rodriguez $22, Masahiro Tanaka $22, Jacoby Ellsbury $21)

3. Washington Nationals $174 million (Jayson Werth $21)

4. Detroit Tigers $172 million (Justin Verlander $28, Miguel Cabrera $22)

5. Boston Red Sox - $168 million (Hanley Ramirez $19)

6. San Francisco Giants - $166 million (Matt Cain $20 million)

7. Los Angeles Angels - $146 million (Josh Hamilton $25, Albert Pujols $24)

8. Texas Rangers - $144.8 million (Prince Fielder $24 million)

9. Philadelphia Phillies - $133 million (Cliff Lee $25 million, Ryan Howard $25, Cole Hamels $23)

10. San Diego Padres - $126 million (Matt Kemp $21 million)

11. Seattle Mariners - $123 million (Felix Hernandez $24. 8 million, Robinson Cano $24 million)

12. St. Louis Cardinals - $120 million (Adam Wainwright $19.5 million)

13. Baltimore Orioles - $118 million (Adam Jones $13 million)

14. Cincinnati Reds - $117.7 million (Joey Votto $14 million)

15. Chicago Cubs - $117.1 million (Jon Lester $20 million)

16. Toronto Blue Jays - $116 million (Jose Reyes $22 million, Mark Buehrle $20 million)

17. Kansas City Royals - $112 million (Alex Gordon $13.7 million)

18. Chicago White Sox - $110.7 million (John Danks $15.7 million)

19. Minnesota Twins - $108 million (Joe Mauer $23 million)

20. New York Mets - $100 million (David Wright $19 million)

21. Milwaukee Brewers - $98.6 million (Aramis Ramirez $14 million)

22. Colorado Rockies - $98.2 million (Troy Tulowitski $20 million)

23. Atlanta Braves - $89 million (Trevor Cahill $12.2 million)

24. Cleveland Indians - $87.7 million (Nick Swisher $15 million)

25. Pittsburgh Pirates - $85.8 million (Francisco Liriano $11.6 million)

26. Miami Marlins - $84.6 million (Martin Prado $11 million)

27. Oakland Athletics - $80.7 million (Scott Kazmir $13 million)

28. Tampa Bay Rays - $74.8 million (Evan Longoria $11 million)

29. Houston Astros - $69 million (Scott Feldman $10 million)

30. Arizona Diamondbacks - $65.7 million (Aaron Hill $12 million)