Rick Santorum likes his fantasy baseball teams to be clean

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Presidential candidate — hey, don’t look at me like that; he’s still running! — Rick Santorum did a podcast with Politico and the topic of fantasy baseball came up.  Seems Santorum is an avid and, apparently, quite successful fantasy player. Who knew?

The fun part: Santorum does not approve of players who use PEDs. Not just in real life, but not even on his fantasy team. Asked about his fantasy rosters over the years, the former senator from Pennsylvania had this to say:

“Well, I mean, you know, I’m trying to think back whether I ever did guys with steroids or not,” said the former senator. “You know, I think I canned [former New York Yankee Jason] Giambi when I found out about that a few years ago. So, no, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a guy on my team like that, now that you think about it. You know, you have folks you suspect but you’re not sure whether they did them or not. But, no, I think I’ve have pretty much of a clean team, I feel pretty good about that record.”

I’m glad to hear that Santorum never “did guys with steroids.” Because that would violate two parts of his moral code.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.