NL Central Notes: Appel, Perez, Soriano

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has tearing in his labrum and rotator cuff, reports Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Surgery is not recommended at this time but he will be shut down for a minimum of four weeks. Garcia signed a four-year, $27MM extension last July.

Here's the latest from the NL Central, which just lost one of its best young pitchers…

  • ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that the Pirates are expected to offer eighth overall pick and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel a slot $2.9MM signing bonus and hold the line until the July 13th deadline as they sign their other picks. "I don't see how," said one executive when asked if a deal will get done between the team and the Scott Boras client.
  • Indians closer Chris Perez told Andrew Wagaman of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was excited when the Cardinals traded him "because I could go do my thing." Cleveland acquired Perez from the Cards for Mark DeRosa in June 2009.
  • We know the Cubs are willing to absorb most of the $54MM left on Alfonso Soriano's contract to trade him, and ESPN's Buster Olney wonders (on Twitter) if the outfielder's recent power surge will create some interest. Soriano hit two homers last night and has 11 in his last 23 games.

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13 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Appel, Perez, Soriano"

3 years 2 months ago

Anybody see Appel putrid pitching performance yesterday? Topping out at 92, sitting consistently at 88-89 and having zero control? How much signing bonus does he want again? For a kid supposed to go #1 overall, not very impressive in your first outing after you get drafted. Especially the stuff being as lousy as it was.

3 years 2 months ago

Realistically that was one bad game. He is still a stud. He will get signed. I think the Pirates will go over slot but only to the point of getting a fine they wouldn’t jeopardize future picks.

3 years 2 months ago

He’s a good pitcher.. I’m just saying does he really think he is that great? Maybe he should look why he slid to #8 apparently no in the top 7 felt he was worth the “potential figure” signing bonus he wanted

3 years 2 months ago

Appel has to figure out that unless MLB decides to increase the draft pool values, which they have the right to, even if he is picked first overall he’s only going to get, at most, 4 million. That’s it. And he could easily get far less than the 2.9 or whatever he is being offered now. It could drop to a million, maybe even less if he gets hurt.

3 years 2 months ago

 His delivery looks very bad as well, seems like it’s easy for guys to tee off on him. I don’t think he can become an ace in the majors, seems like he’ll get smashed a lot in the majors without having any deception at all.

I hope Pittsburgh signs him but if not, no big deal. I don’t want them to overpay and lose future picks because it’s not worth it.

3 years 2 months ago

The moment I laid eyes on him, he reminded me of Aaron Heilman of the Mets.
Hope he doesn’t have the same results.

3 years 2 months ago

the gun is slow on ESPN gauseman was in the high 80s too, an ESPN insider had appel low to mid 90s. He also dominated Florida State in his last outing, remember Gerrit Cole didn’t exactly dominate college either.

3 years 2 months ago

Man, that’s a bummer for St. Louis. I hope Garcia is alright, and if they have to shut him down for the rest of the year, then they should. There’s no sense in risking a complete tear of the labrum AND rotator cuff. As for the team, this is a bad injury. They are already struggling, losers of 18 of their last 29 or something, and while Lohse and Westbrook have held their own, it’s hard to keep your head above water when a starter goes down. Hopefully, Carp gets back soon for them.

3 years 2 months ago

Maybe his bad outing will make it a little easier for the bucs to sign him.

3 years 2 months ago

just another example of how this slotting system is absolute BS.  it should be GREAT for the bucs to be able to sign this guy because he drops, instead, they cant sign him (or if they do will be taxed, etc). so stupid.

3 years 2 months ago

 but he only dropped b/c teams thought he’d be a tough sign.

he wouldn’t have dropped if the old system were still in place.

3 years 2 months ago

The Bucs bought themselves another draft pick for next year.  

3 years 2 months ago

How can Garcia come back from that without surgery? Idk as a Cards fan this news sucks. We probably don’t have another Lance Lynn type guy to fill THIS spot.haha