Manny Ramirez told Dodgers he wanted to play in American League

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OK, back to the Manny talk. Just for a second anyway.

As you may recall, I wondered out loud Saturday if Dodgers manager Joe Torre actually believed any of his silly excuses for keeping Manny Ramirez out of the lineup for four straight games. We can probably safely say that he didn’t.

Torre confirmed to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times today that Ramirez told him Friday that he wanted to play in the American League. Mystery solved. Interestingly, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that Ramirez didn’t express a desire to play in the American League until Sunday, but then again, what do you expect him to say?

Ramirez, 38, has already had three stints on the disabled list this season, so a chance to be a designated hitter down the stretch could do wonders as he tries to boost his value headed into free agency this winter. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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.

Royals sign Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.

Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.