Bud Selig says no one wants replay

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This just boggles my mind:

But Selig also told reporters that he does not see a groundswell of
support in baseball circles for greater use of instant replay. While he
will continue to hold discussions with his special committee for
on-field matters, he expressed doubt that expanded use of replay will
take place during the 2010 season.

“It is interesting,”
Selig said. “Most baseball people are really against instant replay.
There’s no question about that. I could sense that the last three days
[in talking to people].

Who on Earth is Bud talking to? How is he even framing the question? I mean, sure, if you ask a bunch “would you rather have instant replay or a fresh pizza delivered to you by a supermodel every night, which would you choose,” I’m guessing replay wouldn’t fare well.  But he can’t be asking people about it straight up, can he?

This smacks of a preemptive spin job designed to make his ultimate decision — nah, we’re not doing replay — sound like the result of some consensus when in reality it would be anything but.

And no, I don’t have polling numbers to back up my belief that people want replay, but when you’re the one arguing that an archaic system that ignores both technology and reality should stay in place, I think the burden of proof is on you.

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.