Dutchies on 60-man rosters

Most MLB clubs have announced their 60-man rosters. A change compared to last year as the clubs had 40-man rosters. But due to the coronavirus, everything is different. Besides the known names, several Dutchies have made the 60-man rosters. Here is an overview of the rosters that are known now. The 60-man player pool will …

Current developments in Minors likely will be the end for Project 421 on Curaçao

We all know by now what MLB is planning for Minor League Baseball. 42 clubs will disappear. Most of them at rookie-level and A-Short Season level. This will also have its impact on the projected baseball complex on Curaçao. In 2015, there were plans by International Baseball Partners (IBP), MLB and the Curaçao government to …

L&D Amsterdam Pirates bolsters pitching staff

After a transition period in which quite some pitchers left the club, L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed some reinforcements. They found one in former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis. The 32-year old pitcher from Curaçao has signed a deal for one season. After Tom Stuifbergen, Jhan Rifaela, Maikel Rietel, and Kevin Heijstek left the club, Pirates needed …

Pedro Strop to Cincinnati

After seven years with the Chicago Cubs, Dominican-born Pedro Strop has signed a one-year contract with division rival Cincinnati. The deal is worth $1.825 million and Strop can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives. The reliever with a father from Curaçao and a mother from the Dominican Republic will earn $1,825,000 and an additional …

Calten Daal signs with Twins

Curaçao shortstop Calten Daal has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. After seven years with the Cincinnati Reds he opted for free agency. Daal broke into professional baseball in 2013 as he made his first steps with the AZL Reds (rookie). Later that season, Calten was promoted to Advanced Rookie-level (Pioneer League, …

Meulens not hired as Mets manager

Where we wrote earlier today that Hensley Meulens was still in the running for the job of manager of the New York Mets, the Score.com announced that the NL franchise will hire Luis Rojas on a multi-year contract. According to Mets GM Brody van Wagenen, Rojas is very well qualified. "We anticipate him to be …

Meulens still in the running for becoming Mets skipper

After Carlos Beltran decided to step back as manager of the New York Mets because of the Astros' sign stealing scandal, the Mets are looking for a new skipper. According to MLBtraderumors.com, the National League team is narrowing its search in its own ranks with three names remaining. Next to Luis Rojas, Tony DeFrancesco and …

Juremi Profar joins Red Sox

Infielder Juremi Profar from Curaçao has signed a one-year] minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. After seven years with the Texas Rangers organization, the younger brother of Jurickson opted for free agency on November 4, 2019. Before last season, the Rangers clearly didn't know where to put Juremi as they let him play …

Jonathan Schoop joins Tigers

The Detroit Tigers and Curaçao-born infielder Jonathan Schoop have agreed on a one-year contract worth $6.1 million. As part of the Minnesota Twins last season, Schoop reached the playoffs for the second time in his career. After spending  five seasons with the Baltimore, the Orioles traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers halfway the season. With …

Balentien opts for Softbank Hawks

According to yahoo.co.jp, Curaçao born Wladimir Balentien has reached a basic agreement with the Softbank Hawks. The Japanese news website states that the news will be announced officially by the Hawks later this year. That Balentien has decided to join the Hawks, doesn't come as a surprise. In the past months, he could not hammer …

Didi leaves Yankees, Cole joins them

A hectic day at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego. It became clear the Yankees lost their shortstop for good and added one of the most wanted pitchers on a record-breaking deal. After the Yankees did not even make him a qualifying offer, Didi Gregorius signed a one-year $14 million contract with the Philadelphia …

Gianfranco Wawoe returns to Miners

The Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League, independent) announced today they have re-signed infielder Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2020 season. Gianfranco, born in Curaçao, played seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts, and 62 RBIs in 97 games at A-Advanced Modesto in 2017. …

Jurickson Profar traded to Padres

Curaçao infielder Jurickson Profar has been traded by the Oakland Athletics to the San Diego Padres. Since the Athletics have stockpiled middle infielders, the trade is understandable. It will open things up for Sheldon Neuse, Jorge Mateo, and Franklin Barreto to possibly move up in the ranks. Profar was acquired in a three-way trade from …

Softbank Hawks about to make Balentien a two-year offer

According to several Japanese news outlets, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka will make Curaçaoan slugger Wladimir Balentien an offer for a two-year deal worth about $9 million. One of the demands/wishes Balentien has is to play with number four, the number he has worn during his NPB career with the Yakult Swallows. The Softbank Hawks …

Wladimir Balentien likely not to come back to Swallows

Curaçao slugger Wladimir Balentien will likely not come back to the Yakult Swallows. Both parties had until December 28 to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, the Swallows and Balentien could not come together.  As a result, Balentien will become a free agent as per the first of December. In a previous post about him, you could …

Meulens rumored to be the Mets new bench coach

According to a Tweet by Jennifer Mercedes, Curaçao born Hensley Meulens will be the new bench coach for the New York Mets. If this is true, Meulens will leave the Marlins, with whom he agreed on a role in the staff next to his old teammate and Marlins manager Don Mattingly. https://twitter.com/Chica_Deportes/status/1198292162896678913 Mercedes is the …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch go 0-3, eliminated

Last night, the Kingdom of the Netherlands faced Mexico in its final game of the tournament. As Mexico beat the USA on Sunday, the Dutch were eliminated already. Vs Mexico, the Dutch didn't fare much better as they lost 10-2. Manager Hensley Meulens started Tom Stuifbergen, who normally is a reliever. As Stuifbergen announced he …