Miguel Tejada's probation extended six months

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Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus.  He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal.  Mr. Tejada has failed, however, to carry out his sentence in one important respect:

Tejada’s probation had been set to expire Thursday. However,
prosecutors say Tejada still has 44 hours of community service to
complete. At a hearing in federal court in Washington on
Wednesday, Magistrate Judge Alan Kay extended the probation for six
months. If Tejada completes the remaining service hours sooner, his
probation officer will recommend ending the probation early.

What, exactly, did Tejada have to do between the months of October and March — let alone on off-days during last season — that was so damn pressing that he couldn’t fit in 100 hours of community service? I mean, sure, it may be hard, logistically speaking, to arrange 100 hour-long presentations to middle schoolers about the dangers of drugs and lying an playing crappy shortstop and stuff. But I can tell you based on experience that, if you go down to the parole office and say “I want to spend 100 hours doing stuff!” people will fill your schedule for you pretty damn quickly.

Oh well. Could be worse for Tejada. The judge could have added an ankle monitor to his probation. I’m guessing the he figured Tejada’s mobility was already bad enough and that doing anything else to cut his range would constitute cruel and unusual punishment on Orioles fans.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.