The Padres extend David Eckstein for some reason

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Any time a rebuilding team with no money can lock up a thirty-five year-old middle infielder who hits like a pitcher, they HAVE TO MAKE THAT MOVE:

The Padres took another step toward the future yesterday by
extending the contract of the second-oldest player on their active
roster. David Eckstein will return as the Padres’ second baseman in 2010 . . . He will make $1 million in 2010 after making a base of $850,000 this
season with another $50,000 possible in performance bonuses.

I realize a million bucks isn’t much money these days, but it is to the Padres.  What, exactly, does Eckstein bring to the table for San Diego that some 22 year-old making the league minimum doesn’t?  And don’t tell me grit and hustle. All of that moxy just makes for dirty uniforms, and the Padres are so broke that they need to watch their laundry budget too.

Yankees activate Aroldis Chapman

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Yesterday the New York Yankees got Aaron Judge back. Today they activated closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman has been on the disabled list since August 22 with left knee tendinitis. Before going down the 30-year-old fireballer registered a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves with an 84/27 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of work.

In his absence David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Zach Britton have all been bumped an inning back to decidedly mixed results. Now Chapman is back in the mix.