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Padres, Wil Myers nearing a six-year, $80 million+ contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres are close to signing first baseman Wil Myers to a six-year contract for more than $80 million.

Myers is arbitration eligible for the first time this year and would not be able to reach free agency until 2020, meaning that this deal would cover all three years of arbitration and three of his free agent years. He just turned 26 last month, so it would cover his age 26-31 seasons.

Myers is coming off a year in which he hit .259/.336/.461 with 28 homers and 94 RBI in a career-high 157 games. He made the All-Star team as well. Long term contracts for corner guys like Myers are not always great deals, but this is a good one given his age, the relatively low dollars involved and the fact that his 2016 season showed him to be both durable and capable of realizing the extraordinarily high expectations people had for him as a prospect.

A nice deal for San Diego.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.