The Nats are nowhere near signing Strasburg

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Last week Stephen Strasburg was lamenting the fact that he hadn’t heard from the Nationals. Seems that nothing has really changed:

The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft
pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the
negotiations told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Tuesday . . . The source said
that the Nats have had an ongoing dialogue with Strasburg’s adviser,
Scott Boras, but have made no offer other than the mandatory minor
league tender that all clubs must make to their picks within 10 days of
the draft.

As I said last week, the Nats shouldn’t cave in to Boras, but if they
can’t get this kid signed or at least make a strong, strong effort to
do so, the seven Nats fans that are left are totally going to bolt.

UPDATE: The Washington Times is calling the “no progress report” bunk,
though that’s coming from a team source that has every reason to paint
a rosier picture than actually exists. Of course, if Pedro Gomez’s
“source close to the negotiations” is with the Boras camp, then his
source has every reason to paint a more gloomy picture than actually
exists.

Damn, I can’t believe it’s only been a day and I’ve already
forgotten that “don’t believe half of what you see and none of what you
hear” rule.

Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays nearing a two-year, $35-40 million deal

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run homer during seventh inning game 5 American League Division Series baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.

Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.

The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.

Padres sign Trevor Cahill

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Trevor Cahill (53) during the seventh inning of Game 3 in baseball's National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being released by the Braves and signing with the Cubs in August of that season he has been a remarkably effective reliever. He has posted a 2.61 ERA in 61 games in Chicago and has posted a strikeout rate far above his career norms.

He’s not someone you necessarily want taking the hill when the leverage is high, but in San Diego the leverage won’t be all that high all that often.