Donald Trump’s son-in-law is a Dodgers bidder

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What would irk you more: if the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers were born in the 1980s, or if he was the son-in-law of Donald Trump?  What if he were both?

Jared Kushner, born into a prominent New York real estate family and son-in-law of Donald Trump, has emerged as a candidate in the bidding for the Dodgers.

Kushner, who became owner and publisher of the New York Observer in 2006, has played a key role in expanding the family business beyond real estate. At 31, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball.

That, by the way, was either from a story in the Los Angeles Times, or else it was a pitch from a Disney movie called “Little Boss” or something.

And it’s not like Kushner’s father-in-law would be the only unseemly family member hanging out in the owners’ box on occasion.  Back in 2005, Kushner’s dad was sentenced to two years in prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering.

In other news, until the Dodgers actually sell, I’m going to assume this whole bidding process is a reality show.  Next week: Magic Johnson and Steven Cohen get in an argument and things get real as Steve Garvey reveals a dark secret.

Mariners sign Mark Lowe

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The Mariners have signed reliever Mark Lowe, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Tigers released him on Sunday.

Lowe, 33, is entering the last of a two-year, $11 million deal signed with the Tigers in December 2015. The right-hander struggled to a 7.11 ERA with a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last season. His performance this spring didn’t do much to inspire confidence.

Lowe began his major league career with the Mariners, breaking out in 2009 with a 3.26 ERA across 80 innings. He has been inconsistent throughout most of his 11-year big league career, however.

Cardinals place Trevor Rosenthal on DL with lat strain

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The Cardinals announced on Thursday that pitcher Trevor Rosenthal has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Sam Tuivailala has been added to the roster in Rosenthal’s place.

The Cardinals’ closer until the second half last year, Rosenthal came into camp this spring hoping to battle for a rotation spot. However, the lat injury killed that dream. When Rosenthal is healthy, he’ll return to the bullpen.

Last season, Rosenthal posted a 4.46 ERA with 14 saves and a 56/29 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.