Yay! It's the 2010 All-Star Selection Show…

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Major League Baseball is announcing its All-Star teams this afternoon on TBS.  The squads, as they are revealed:

American League Starters

C Joe Mauer
1B Justin Morneau
2B Robinson Cano
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Carl Crawford
DH Vladimir Guerrero

National League Starters

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Chase Utley   injured, will not play
3B David Wright
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Ryan Braun
OF Jason Heyward   injured, might not play
OF Andre Ethier

Notes

Utley was voted in by the fans, but will not be available due to right thumb surgery.  The Braves’ Martin Prado will start in his place.  Heyward is questionable with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb.

AL Pitching Staff

SP CC Sabathia
SP Clay Buchholz
SP Fausto Carmona
SP David Price
SP Phil Hughes
SP Jon Lester
SP Cliff Lee
SP Trevor Cahill
RP Neftali Feliz
RP Mariano Rivera
RP Matt Thornton
RP Jose Valverde
RP Joakim Soria

NL Picthing Staff

SP Roy Halladay
SP Ubaldo Jimenez
SP Josh Johnson
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Tim Hudson
SP Adam Wainwright
SP Chris Carpenter
SP Yovani Gallardo
RP Jonathan Broxton
RP Arthur Rhodes
RP Brian Wilson
RP Evan Meek
RP Matt Capps

Notes

That’s a first-time selection for Rhodes, 40, and very much deserved.  He has a 1.09 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 37 appearances out of the Reds’ bullpen this season.

You’ll notice that Stephen Strasburg did not make the cut.  He will not be part of the “Final Vote” either.

American League Reserves

IF Ty Wigginton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
1B Miguel Cabrera
OF Torii Hunter
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Jose Bautista
C John Buck
OF Vernon Wells

National League Reserves

OF Chris Young
IF Omar Infante
C Brian McCann
2B Martin Prado
OF Marlon Byrd
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Scott Rolen
OF Michael Bourn
OF Corey Hart
SS Jose Reyes
1B Ryan Howard
OF Matt Holliday
1B Adrian Gonzalez

Notes

It’s fairly disappointing that Reds first baseman Joey Votto did not make the cut, but he will almost certainly be a part of the NL’s “Final Vote.”  With a .988 OPS, 19 home runs and 57 RBI, he deserves to be on this squad.

Infante is a questionable pick, but National League manager Charlie Manuel told the TBS crew that he wanted a few guys who can get on base and lay down bunts.  He’s thinking about bringing a little small ball to Anaheim.

Orioles plotting late-offseason push? Gallardo, Fowler, Alvarez, Bruce in consideration

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Baltimore’s front office appears to be lining up a run of potential roster additions leading into the beginning of spring training.

We’ve already passed along the reports suggesting they are close to a three-year deal with free agent starter Yovani Gallardo, but now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler could be next on the Orioles’ target list. It they get those two deals done, the O’s could then chase free agent slugger Pedro Alvarez.

Rosenthal says the Orioles are even eyeing Jay Bruce of the Reds, though the FOX reporter hears the O’s might not have the prospects to pull off that kind of trade.

The focus for the Orioles out of the gate this winter was re-signing Matt Wieters and Chris Davis. Wieters accepted his one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer in November and Davis was locked up to a seven-year, $161 million contract in mid-January.

Now the O’s are spending a little leftover cash on late-offseason additions to improve their position in what should be a tight 2016 American League East race.

Brandon Belt signs $6.2 million deal, avoiding arbitration with Giants

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In a last-second compromise before a scheduled heading today, first baseman Brandon Belt and the Giants have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million deal.

Belt requested $7.5 million and the Giants countered at $5.3 million, so they’ve settled slightly on the team-friendly side of the midpoint. Belt will be arbitration eligible again next season for the final time before hitting the open market as a free agent.

He’s coming off a very good season in which he hit .280 with 18 homers and an .834 OPS in 137 games and Belt has a lifetime .803 OPS through age 27, making him one of MLB’s most underrated all-around first baseman.

Orioles sign ex-Padres reliever Dale Thayer

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Right-hander Dale Thayer and the Orioles have agreed to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Thayer had a rough 2015 season for the Padres, posting a 4.06 ERA and spending time in the minors, but he was a solid part of San Diego’s bullpen from 2012-2014 with a combined 3.02 ERA and 173/50 K/BB ratio in 188 innings.

At age 35 there’s no guarantee that Thayer will look good enough to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he’s got a strong chance to wind up pitching middle relief for Baltimore.

Phillies acquire Taylor Featherston from Angels

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Taylor Featherston, who was designated for assignment by the Angels last week, has been traded to the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.

Featherston stayed in the majors with the Angels for all of last season due to being a Rule 5 pick from the Rockies organization, but the 25-year-old infielder hit just .162 in 169 plate appearances.

He’s been much better in the minors, but nothing about his track record there screams quality regular and the Phillies are likely viewing him as a defense-first bench option for now.