Padres draft Browns' Johnny Manziel in 28th round

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M on the sideline during the 2014 Vizio BCS National...

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M on the sideline during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

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Johnny Baseball?

The San Diego Padres spent a pick Saturday in the baseball draft on an infielder better known for his football prowess.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected in the 28th round as the 837th overall pick by the Padres. Manziel didn't play baseball in college while at Texas A&M but discussed the possibility with coaches before deciding to stick with football.

Manziel last played baseball as a junior at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas. He was a middle infielder.

Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy after his redshirt freshman season with the Aggies in 2012, was picked in the first round of the NFL Draft in May by the Browns. He is currently practicing with the team in Organized Team Activities.

The last Heisman winner to be selected in the baseball draft was Florida State's Jameis Winston by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round in 2012. Other Heisman winners who have been drafted include Ricky Williams, Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and Bo Jackson.

Quarterbacks have been popular baseball draft picks in the past few years.

Among the latest are Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans.

Wilson was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and in the Rule 5 Draft last winter by the Texas Rangers. Locker was selected in the 10th round by the Angels in 2009.

CASTILLO A FREE AGENT

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, according to Baseball America.

The 26-year-old outfielder defected from Cuba earlier this year. He will be represented in the U.S. by Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports.

The speedy Castillo is not expected to have quite the impact of fellow Cuban outfielders Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes.

Scouts reportedly expect Castillo to perhaps be a fourth outfielder on a major-league team.

Castillo played at least five years in Cuba's top professional league, so he will be exempt from MLB's international spending cap.

VOTTO TO START REHAB

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, according to Cincinnati TV station Fox 19.

Votto was scheduled to travel to Pawtucket, where Louisville is playing. He has been out since May 16 with a strained left quadriceps.

The Canadian slugger is expected to rejoin the Reds next week after a short rehab stint.

Votto has a batting line of .257/.410/.449 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 173 plate appearances this season.

TWINS INK MORALES

Free agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales agreed to a contract with the Minnesota Twins, according to multiple reports.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known but ESPN reported that it is prorated at near the $10 million that Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew recently received.

The Twins emerged as the team that landed Morales after the Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees were listed as teams interested in him.

Because a draft pick as compensation was attached to Morales, teams were hesitant to sign him before the draft. However, because the signing was made after the draft, the Twins will not have to forfeit a pick.

Morales also will not be tied to a future draft pick when he becomes a free agent next season since he is not playing a full season this year.

The Twins are looking to add power to their lineup. They started Saturday tied for last in the AL Central, but just five games out. They also host the All-Star Game in July.

Morales batted .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs with the Mariners last year.


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