The news isn't a big surprise, since Taillon was invited to MLB Spring Training last year, and is closer to the majors this year. He won't make the team out of camp, but should arrive by mid-season, just like Gerrit Cole did in 2013.
This is a good time to point out what being invited to Major League Spring Training means for a guy like Taillon. There are two Spring Trainings -- the MLB portion and the minor league portion. The MLB portion is the one that is known, and what people think of when they think of Spring Training. It includes everyone on the 40-man roster, plus all non-roster invitees (NRIs). The NRIs...
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