Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell recently held a showcase in Mexico, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. The 32-year-old has long been a prominent player on his home island, and recently departed in search for an opportunity in the majors. Thirteen MLB clubs sent someone to watch his workout, per Rosenthal: the D-Backs, Dodgers, Phillies, Royals, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Marlins, Cardinals, A’s, Red Sox, Padres, and Reds.
Here are a few analytical links to consider as camp opens:
- Dave Cameron of Fangraphs has rounded up the ten worst offseason transactions to go with his prior list of the ten best. The top spot on each list involves the same swap. He also issues demerits for the Rockies’ signing of Gerardo Parra and subsequent trade of Corey Dickerson, the Royals’ decision to give big money to Ian Kennedy, and the Orioles’ re-signing of Chris Davis.
- You can find Baseball America’s updated listing of the ten best prospects for each team right here. Looking past the premium names that appear on league-wide lists gives a better sense of the depth of a system, of course, and quite a few players will ascend over the coming year. BA’s J.J. Cooper examines some of the top names that fell just shy of that outlet’s top-100 list.
- ESPN.com’s Keith Law has also provided a top-ten list for every organization’s farm, with a narrative breakdown of the system as well. It’s well worth a read, but does require an Insider subscription.