The number of unsigned free agents remains high in baseball. This first free-agent era began with less than 300 free agents being the real running force as there had been in decades past. Now, it’s almost 700 that aren’t signed. Each month, we’ll track the newest signings and movements and provide a history lesson for each one.
Here’s the latest:
Today: Reuben Ervin (.271/8 HR, 23 RBIs/20 SB) signed with the Cubs in minor league camp.
● Yes, the MLB currently allows international players under 25 years old to sign for roughly $100,000. Indians pitcher Zach McAllister was the first of the 2019 crop to be signed.
● The Rays added Lou Trivino to their farm system. He’s expected to go to Triple-A this year, though the team has had to make adjustments to their rotation (to accommodate James Shields’ DL stint) for long stretches this season.
● Signing of Ervin yesterday puts the Cubs and Astros as the two teams with the most unsigned players. But have no fear, here are the teams with the fewest: Milwaukee at the bottom at 17.
● Jon Gray is a free agent yet hasn’t gotten signed. This means the Rockies, who have two solid young starters, will have to continue playing the free-agent waiting game.
● Prospect Victor Robles had another impressive outing with the Reds. Unfortunately, more people are following Robles’ eye-opening success than there is attention from the organization, so his stock is probably high.