Monday's MLB: Ex-Tiger Presley, Orioles agree to minor league deal

The Associated Press

Sarasota, Fla. — Alex Presley and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract, with the outfielder reporting to major league spring training.

The 32-year-old has a .263 average in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit. He hit .314 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 71 games for the Tigers in 2017.

Presley plays all three outfield positions. He stole five bases without being thrown out last season.

Baltimore, which announced the deal Monday, had been in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder. Presley will compete with Jaycob Brugman, acquired from Oakland last November.

No collusion, says owner

Red Sox owner John Henry calls talk of collusion in free-agent negotiations “ridiculous.”

About half the 166 players who exercised free-agency rights in November remain unsigned.

“There are a lot of factors, I think, driving it, and I think they’ve all been identified,” Henry said Monday as Boston began full-squad workouts. “There’s a lot of factors that have driven this offseason, and you just can’t expect every season to be a feeding frenzy, so to speak.”

Mets GM high on Tebow

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says he expects Tim Tebow, the former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback who became an outfielder, could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future.

“Somebody asked me if thought he’d be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That’s my guess,” Alderson said.

“This experiment is not going to last forever, but he’s made meaningful progress. We thought he would best benefit from being in major league camp — that that would accelerate his development,” Alderson said.

Tebow earned a midseason promotion from Low-A Columbia to High-A St. Lucie in late June despite hitting just .220 in 64 games in the South Atlantic League.

Personnel dept.

According to multiple reports, pitcher Chris Tillman and the Orioles agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

...According to reports, former Tiger reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Nationals agreed in principle to a $1 million major league contract for the 2018 season, pending a physical.

...Speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson and the Diamondbacks agreed to a $7.5 million, two-year contract.

...Eric Hosmer and the Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract.