On a personnel note…
A few Revolution-related transactions became official over the weekend/at the end of last week, and unfortunately they aren’t the best news when it comes to team-building for the 2015 season.
- Outfielder Justin Greene will at least begin the season playing for Saltillo of the Mexican League. His signing became official on February 7. At this point, a return to York this season can only be termed as a “maybe.” Forgive the unsolicited opinion, but it’s patently ridiculous Greene did not have a spring training invite with one of the 28 organizations he hadn’t played for yet, after winning the Atlantic League batting title at .358. Some organizations, the Orioles, Angels, Athletics and Dodgers to name a few, have done a thorough job with their pro scouting, when it comes to the ALPB and other leagues. Other organizations need to step their game up. Justin Greene not having a non-roster invitation to camp this year is not his failure; it’s baseball failing him. And it’s not as if those four organizations I mentioned are just desperate for warm minor league bodies; they’ve all been in recent contention so it’s not like there’s some stigma with them doing more business with the Atlantic League. On that note, it’s not incumbent upon the usual suspects to sign ALL the ALPB prospects. For example it’s well known around these parts Baltimore is very deep in the outfield. It wasn’t their job to sign Justin Greene, but it was somebody’s. Last season, the Rays and Pirates were apparently among the most interested, but it didn’t happen.
- Starter Chris Cody will return to the Chinese Professional Baseball League on the Island of Taiwan to begin the season. They do partial-season contracts over there, and Cody is under contract until at least June 1. Last season Cody led his club, the Brother Elephants of Taipei City, into the league finals after they purchased his contract from the Revolution in June. Come June 1, they’ll either renew Cody’s contract for the remainder of the season or let him walk. If so he’d likely return to York, but he pitched pretty well there last year. Also a maybe, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
- Pitcher Zack Segovia has inked a free-agent minor league deal with the Padres; he made 10 appearances and eight starts for York at the tail end of the 2013 season. The 31-year-old also has nine MLB appearances and one start between two cups of big league coffee with the Phillies (2007) and Nationals (2009). Last season he was briefly with the Rangers at Triple-A Round Rock, around time in the Mexican League.
- Although not officially signed to a contract yet, the Revolution have acquired the rights to second baseman Andres Perez from the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association, where he played last season. Perez of course found much success in his first two-year stint in York, where he hit 36 home runs and drove in 156 runs in 2012-2013. His official signing should be announced soon.
- 2015 roster additions are off and running, as the first four official signings were announced last week. Tune into another edition of “Revs Hot Stove Weekly” on WOYK 1350 this Friday at 4 p.m. Darrell Henry and Mark Mason will reveal at least three more additions to the 2015 roster.