The Reds and Dusty Baker are talking about a contract extension

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We heard that they’d be discussing it after the deadline. It’s now after the deadline. They’re now discussing it, with Baker telling MLB.com that he’s “been approached in the last couple days,” and that “there are some things starting.”

As was the case with Ron Washington, it’s all about winning. If the Reds weren’t in it this year I suspect that there would have been a 98.9% chance that Baker would be gone, if for no other reason than he makes a lot of money for a manager, and the Reds tend not to like paying a lot of money to their managers.  But when you’re in the playoff hunt all year as the Reds have been, that changes things.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.