Royals to host 2012 All-Star Game, then what?

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According to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, Bud Selig will appear in Kansas City on Wednesday to officially award the 2012 All-Star Game to the Royals and Kauffman Stadium. This will be the first All-Star Game in Kansas City since the stadium’s inaugural season in 1973.

Let’s hope that by 2012, the Royals will be in contention with the help of some old favorites like Zack Greinke, Billy Butler and Joakim Soria and some of the game’s brightest young stars like Mike Montgomery, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers. I’m not holding my breath here, but it would be great for the game.

While the 2012 All-Star Game announcement has been anticipated since last summer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that the Mets will host the All-Star Game in 2013, while the Twins will host in 2014 and the Nationals in 2015. Selig is expected to make these announcements on a year-to-year basis. As discussed thoroughly on this blog due to the immigration issue, next year’s All-Star Game will take place in Phoenix.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?