All the roster shuffling hasn’t amounted to much, and there have been missteps along the way. Dipoto freely admits to bungling the Chris Taylor trade, for instance. The Mariners still haven’t made the playoffs and have what may be the worst farm system in baseball. Given Seattle’s aging roster, this season may be the last gasp of life for the Mariners’ contention window and it’s probably not going to go very well.
26 CB Vontae Davis, Bills Grade: B+ The one-year, $5-million deal the Bills inked with Vontae Davis is a good short-term risk for a team who probably would have had to pay more to bring back the oft-injured E.J.
Gaines next season.
Davis slipped badly in 2016 and was impacted by injuries in 2017, but the former Colts standout won’t turn 30 until May and was a legitimate number-one cornerback up to that point.
In a free-agent pool where mid-market starting corners are likely to approach $10 million per season with two years of guaranteed money, getting Davis on a short-term pact for half that is a win for Bills general manager Brandon Beane.
“I showed up early to try and win this roster spot and prove that I’m ready and give it my all,” Acuna said through an interpreter Thursday.
“I love it that he’s here already,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s great to have him here running around, hitting and working out.”
“We know spring training’s long, but to see guys take ownership of their careers and want to show up, get the work in and be around, it’s certainly a good thing,” Anthopoulos said. “You love to see it across the board, so for someone like that to want to do that, it speaks volumes about him.”
The Venezuelan is also learning how to deal with the spotlight.
What’s next for Crabtree?