Shocker! Ballplayer out a few hours after work!

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The New York press is all in a tizzy
because Alex Rodriguez — who sat out Friday and Saturday — was
spotted tripping the light fantastic with Kate Hudson into the wee
hours of Friday night/Saturday morning:

Was Alex Rodriguez out partying with actress Kate Hudson on the same
night the Yankees sat him because of fatigue? The Palm Beach Post
reported on Sunday that A-Rod and K-Hud were partying until 2:30 a.m.
on Saturday morning in Miami Beach and left together in the back seat
of a chauffeured German luxury car. Reached on Sunday by Newsday,
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said: “I have no idea whether
that’s even accurate, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on it.”

Here’s a comment: when your workday lasts from roughly 4pm-11pm like
A-Rod’s does, being out at 2:30am is the equivalent of you or me being
out at 9pm or so. Why is this a big deal, especially given that it had
already been announced that he wasn’t playing on Saturday? I’d have a
much bigger problem if he was spotted doing the hustle with his bum
hip, but I’m guessing he just spent the evening sipping Courvoisier and
lying to Hudson about how much he enjoys her films.

Oh, and if I see the term “K-Hud” again, I’m going to unhook my
Internets and move to a fishing village in Newfoundland because that
stuff’s just wrong.

Cubs sign LHP Brian Duensing to a one-year, $2 million deal

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04:  Brian Duensing #50 of the Baltimore Orioles throws a pitch in the eleventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during the American League Wild Card game at Rogers Centre on October 4, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Left-hander Brian Duensing signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The free agent spent the bulk of his 2016 season with the Orioles after receiving a call-up from Triple-A Norfolk in early June. He underwent elbow surgery several weeks later when a freak bullpen injury revealed cartilage chips and inflammation in his pitching elbow, but recovered to finish the season with a 4.05 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings for the club. The Orioles utilized him for a final out during the AL Wild Card game, during which Duensing recorded a five-pitch strikeout in the ninth inning of their 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old is currently expected to bulk up the Cubs’ left-handed relief corps, with fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery slated for the rotation in 2017.

Nationals acquire Derek Norris from Padres

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Derek Norris #3 of the San Diego Padres prepares to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on October 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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According to an official team announcement, the Nationals have acquired catcher Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Pedro Avila.

Norris, 27, batted a career-low .186/.225/.328 in 458 PA with the Padres in 2016. He hit career highs with 14 home runs and nine stolen bases, but his dismal production rate through the second half of the season spelled the end of his time in a starting role in San Diego. Norris’ departure from the Padres also confirms 24-year-old Austin Hedges‘ spot on the roster, as reported by MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell:

Heading to San Diego is 19-year-old right-handed starter Pedro Avila, who was acquired by the Nationals as an international free agent in 2014. The 19-year-old spent his first season in Single-A Hagerstown and went 7-7 with a 3.48 ERA and 2.42 K/BB rate in 93 innings.