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Everybody (and by everybody I mean you #MetsTwitter) is waiting for Yoenis Cespedes to make his final decision, and it got interesting yesterday. The Washington Nationals emerged as a serious contender a couple of days ago, and have made a five-year offer to the slugging outfielder.
There were some signings yesterday. The Astros signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league deal.
The DH coming to the National League is becoming more and more real everyday, and our own Mike Bates is not a fan.
Baseball is supposed to delight us. The best part about pitchers hitting isn't watching them fail time and again. It's the the unexpected moment of joy when he succeeds! Like kids on Christmas morning, finding out that Santa has left us a bike or a new puppy, our eyes get wild and we scream and squeal with joy when Bartolo hits a double or Madison Bumgarner mashes a homer. It's something we never could have expected, and it's so wonderful. Baseball needs more of those moments, not fewer. For as much as we love to analyze and predict and project how players will do, it's the game's unpredictability on any single given play, and how it manages to eternally surprise us, that brings us back to it again and again.
And, because of that, I'll happily take 503 pitchers striking out and one home run over David Ortiz's 503 career homers, even if I am fighting a losing battle. Leave the DH as it is, and leave the NL alone.
The White Sox re-signed Matt Albers to a one-year, $2.25 million deal.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1982, free agent Reggie Jackson moves on from his five year stint with the Yankees, signing a reported four year deal for close to $1 million per season with the California Angels.