The Moon

And That Happened: July 20, 1969

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The scores:

Red Sox 6, Orioles 5
Angels 7, Athletics 3; Athletics 9, Angels 6
Royals 8, White Sox 6, Royals 3, White Sox 2
Indians 5, Tigers 4; Tigers 3, Indians 2
Yankees 3, Senators 2
Twins 4, Pilots 0
Braves 10, Padres 0
Mets 4, Expos 2; Expos 3, Mets 2
Cubs 1, Phillies 0; Cubs 6, Phillies 1
Giants 7, Dodgers 3

Oh, and this badass walked on the frickin’ moon:

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Sorry, needed a baseball prextext to note that one of the most extraordinary Americans to ever walk the Earth, and a world beyond, passed over the weekend.

The greatness of his most well-known accomplishment was matched by the greatness of his lesser known accomplishments. Not the least of which was the fact that, when that great one was over, he just put his head down, went to work on noble things and didn’t seek the spotlight. Which is simultaneously the most and least American thing ever.

Good travels, Mr. Armstrong.

The Padres are aggressively shopping Yangervis Solarte

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Third baseman Yangervis Solarte #26 of the San Diego Padres fields a ground ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on October 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.

This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.

Yankees sign Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million deal

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 20: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinal hits a solo home run during the second inning against the San Diego Padres of game one of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
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Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.

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The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.

Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.

Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.