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NL West Notes: Casali, Vogt, D’Backs, Tatis

Curt Casali’s offseason negotiations with the Giants have been interrupted by a surgical procedure, as Casali underwent a hamate bone process on his left hand in December.  The catcher informed MLB.com’s Maria Guardado and different reporters that he suffered the damage whereas enjoying for the Reds within the postseason and initially deliberate to only rehab the difficulty earlier than choosing surgical procedure.  There was already a verbal settlement in place between Casali and the Giants previous to his surgical procedure, and as soon as the Giants have been glad about Casali’s well being, the 2 sides formally finalized a one-year, $1.5MM deal in early January.

In a nod to Casali’s restoration, he mentioned the contract accommodates a $500K bonus if he makes the Opening Day roster.  He totally expects to be prepared, as he has been enjoying catch and taking swings already in camp, although Casali has but to get behind the plate for a bullpen session.  The seven-year MLB veteran is slated to work as Buster Posey’s chief backup this season, and San Francisco additionally has Chadwick Tromp and prime prospect Joey Bart ready within the minors as additional catching depth.

Extra from the NL West…

  • Stephen Vogt examined constructive for COVID-19 and has but to reach at Diamondbacks camp, supervisor Torey Lovullo informed The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan (Twitter hyperlink) and different reporters.  It isn’t recognized if Vogt could be accessible or if he’s struggling any signs, although Lovullo did convey some lightness to the state of affairs by mentioning that Vogt was working towards his placing stroke in his kitchen whereas having a FaceTime dialog with Lovullo.  Vogt made 20 begins at catcher and 26 appearances general in 2020, which was sufficient (in prorated vogue) for his $3MM vesting possibility for 2021 to turn into assured, and unlock an extra $500K in wage.  Carson Kelly will function Arizona’s beginning catcher with Vogt slated for backup obligation, and star prospect Daulton Varsho and veteran Bryan Holaday are additionally in camp as attainable choices if Vogt has miss any time.
  • The Diamondbacks have continued pay cuts for workers all through the group, FanSided’s Robert Murray stories.  The cuts have impacted each the baseball operations and enterprise departments, and whereas the D’Backs are reportedly ready on their 2021 income state of affairs earlier than restoring full salaries, they “are believed to be one of many solely groups in baseball nonetheless implementing pay cuts to workers.”  Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic stories that a lot of the wage cuts are within the vary of 10 % or much less, after the group minimize remaining salaries by a mean of 15 % final 12 months after furloughing or shedding over 1 / 4 of its employees.  The cuts function on a sliding scale, so higher-paid workers like crew president/CEO Derrick Corridor and common supervisor Mike Hazen are thought to have taken the biggest wage reductions.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 14-year, $340MM extension with the Padres represents not simply an enormous payday for the star shortstop, but in addition for Huge League Advance agency, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes.  Tatis is essentially the most outstanding of the 344 gamers who’ve signed with BLA because the firm was based by former Phillies right-hander Michael Schwimer in 2016, with BLA providing these gamers a $50K advance — as much as a $500K most — in alternate for one % of any future earnings derived from baseball contracts (not non-baseball earnings like endorsement offers).  It isn’t recognized what number of advances Tatis acquired, however even a single $50K advance would end in a $3.4MM return on funding for Schwimer’s agency, and BLA would earn $34MM if Tatis took the complete $500K advance.  Whereas hanging massive on a future star like Tatis is clearly excellent news for Huge League Advance, Schwimer is happy at how his firm has helped many gamers by way of the low-paying wrestle confronted by many minor leaguers, together with Schwimer himself throughout his six professional seasons.  “Fernando’s deal is what everybody needs to speak about, however no person needs to consider the literal dozens of gamers that we’ve invested in which are now not in baseball,” Schwimer mentioned.  “Gamers that with out us, who is aware of what state of affairs they’d be in….And now with us, in some instances, they’ve a whole lot of 1000’s of {dollars}. They will return to high school, begin their second chapter.”

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