Mannywood to return with Manny

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While writers and pundits decry the fact that Manny Ramirez isn’t being made into a total pariah as the result of his drug suspension, the fans are making their thoughts about the man very, very clear:

When Manny Ramirez returns to Dodger Stadium, so does Mannywood.

The fans have spoken, the Dodgers say. They want their “Mannywood”
T-shirts, and their special block of seats adjacent to left field.

When Ramirez was suspended May 7 for violating baseball’s drug
policy, the Dodgers withdrew the Mannywood promotion. He is scheduled
to be reinstated July 3, and the Dodgers plan to reinstate Mannywood on
July 16, in their first home game after his return.

“We decided to reopen Mannywood directly based on our fans’ interest,” Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said.

It’s important to remember that we watch baseball to be entertained.
Manny entertains people, and thank goodness most people appreciate that
that matters way more than the moral of ethics of PEDs, however
interesting a subject it may be.

Padres acquire Phil Hughes from Twins

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Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.

Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.

Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.

The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.