White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

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According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the White Sox have “emerged as serious contenders” to sign free agent Hideki Matsui.
Even though Matsui posted an 876 OPS last season, won World Series MVP honors and brings in millions of dollars in revenue just by being himself, the Yankees have seemingly made no push to bring him back. It’s left the Angels and now perhaps the White Sox to step in and sign him to fill DH duties.
That Matsui is no longer capable of playing the outfield regularly does serve to limit his options. He might be the best pure DH going right now, but several AL squads already have the role filled and most of the rest don’t want to spend millions on a one-dimensional player. The Angels would surely prefer someone who is an option in the outfield once in a while, but they might be willing to overlook that for Matsui. The White Sox are used to carrying a pure DH in Jim Thome, and they may well present the best fit for Matsui if they can come up with the money for him.

Four baseballs autographed by Jose Fernandez wash ashore

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 03: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins looks on during a game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on August 3, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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This is just . . . ugh.

WSVN-TV in Miami reports that a black bag containing Jose Fernandez’s checkbook and four baseballs signed by him washed ashore on Miami Beach. Probably a bag to keep stuff dry while out on the water.

The bag was given to a lifeguard. Hopefully the bag finds its way back to Fernandez’s family quickly.

Marlins sign Martin Prado to a three-year extension

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 06:  Martin Prado #14 of the Miami Marlins hits a sacrifice fly in the third inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins and Martin Prado have agreed to a three-year, $40 million contracy extension.

Prado has been highly effective for Miami, hitting .297/.350/.405 over two seasons The Marlins were eager to keep him and many teams were no doubt interested in trying to sign him this winter as he stood pretty darn tall on a pretty weak free agent market. He may very well have done better than the $40 million he’s getting, but a qualifying offer could’ve made the free agency process a bit more drawn out one than he would’ve preferred. And, of course, he seems very happy in Miami, as evidenced by his increasing role as a team leader with the Marlins.

For his career Prado has hit .293/.342/.423 over 11 seasons. He’ll now be locked up through his age-35 campaign.