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The Padres made a signing today, inking shortstop Alexei Ramirez to a one-year deal.
Despite the signing, our own Matt Goldman says that A.J. Preller can do more and that he still has time to fix the Padres.
If Preller had completed trades for Kimbrel, Cashner, Ross, Derek Norris, James Shields, and possibly more all before the trade deadline, he would have inundated his farm system with new players, without knowing what his future needs might be. By spacing out his trades, and letting prospects settle in to their new environments, Preller is giving himself time to figure out which of them are likely to succeed at the major league level, and which of them are nothing more than organizational depth.
When it comes time to trade away Cashner, Ross, and others, he'll have a better idea of which prospects to target. Preller's lack of activity shouldn't be seen as a failure, but rather as a calculated move to insure that he can extract the best possible prospect packages that fit San Diego's most pressing needs. Preller has had an up-and-down tenure as the Padres GM thus far, but don't lose faith in him just yet.
Baltimore appears to be done waiting for Chris Davis, and they have offered a contract to Yoenis Cespedes.
The Pirates signed Chris Stewart to a two-year extension.
Speaking of extensions, the Rays are close to finalizing an extension with Logan Forsythe.
While we're concerned about Reyes and Chapman right now (Puig has largely been exonerated), it's important to remember that former Major Leaguer and domestic violence arrestee Russell Branyan was detained and charged again this offseason for breaking into his ex-wife's house, stealing items, and turning down the thermostat. Brian Giles, Brett Myers, Chuck Knoblauch, Dante Bichette, Bobby Cox, Lenny Dykstra. "Thug culture" has never been a prerequisite for domestic violence (and, indeed, none of us can say whether Reyes or Chapman actually fit within that imagined culture), and addressing that will do little to solve the larger problem of MLBers who abuse women.
I will say that I agree with Klapisch in one regard. Aroldis Chapman really does need some kind of counseling to help him find ways to channel his anger that don't put people around him at risk. If he doesn't get it, I worry that he's a danger to himself and others. Hopefully, as part of Manfred's decision, he will mandate that Chapman get help, and that he'll provide the lefty with plenty of time off to get it.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1942, President Franklin D. Rossevelt gives baseball the okay to play despite World War II. He encourages night games, so war workers can attend.