Friday, December 15, 2017
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Ex-Rays prospect Goeddel bidding for job with Phillies

SARASOTA — Former Rays farmhand Tyler Goeddel continued to make a strong case for an everyday outfield job with the Phillies, hitting a leadoff home run in an 8-7 loss to the Orioles on Monday.

Goeddel, a Rule 5 pick from Tampa Bay, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. He's hitting .273 in Grapefruit League action with a .792 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Goeddel, 23, has to be on the Phillies' 25-man roster or be returned to the Rays. A supplemental first-round pick in 2011, he batted .279 with a .350 on-base percentage and a .433 slugging percentage at Double-A Montgomery last season.

"The thing I like about him is he seems to have good plate discipline because he takes a lot of pitches," manager Pete Mackanin said. "This guy, the way he works the count, he's almost a leadoff-type guy that you're looking for."

3B Maikel Franco hit two home runs and has six homers and 14 RBIs in 11 games this spring.

INJURY REPORT: X-rays on OF Odubel Herrera's right middle finger came back negative, CSN Philly reported. Herrera has been playing through the injury, sustained on a headfirst slide into home. … OF Cody Asche remains day to day with a strained right oblique.

Yanks: Dream fulfilled

ELIZABETH, Ind. — A 10-year-old boy from Indiana who was born without hands or feet lived out his dream of being a professional baseball player.

Landis Sims, who was born with congenital limb differences, signed a one-day contract with the Yankees and spent a day with the team last week, including lunch with Alex Rodriguez. A camera crew followed him around.

"It was like a dream come true," Sims said.

"He truly believes he is whole and perfect just the way that he is," said Amanda Haag, Sims' mom. "Landis is more about wanting to show kids what he can do, he's not about complaining."

Jays: Contract talks

The Blue Jays might be open to using the Mets' recent three-year, $75 million deal with OF Yoenis Cespedes as a model for a new contract for RF Jose Bautista, Fox Sports reported over the weekend.

In January, Cespedes signed the deal with an opt out after the first year, allowing him to retest the free agent market after the season.

Bautista, 35, had reportedly been seeking a deal in the neighborhood of five years at $150 million, though the slugger has shot down speculation about his demands.

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