Diamondbacks exercise Brandon Webb's $8.5 million option

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Shoulder problems limited Brandon Webb to just one start this season and he underwent surgery in August, leading to speculation that the Diamondbacks weren’t planning to exercise his $8.5 million option for 2010.
However, when Webb made it very clear that he wasn’t interested in working out a new deal the Diamondbacks were faced with a tough decision. They either had to take an $8.5 million risk on Webb being somewhat healthy next season or let him hit the open market, where he seemed highly unlikely to re-sign with Arizona.
This afternoon Arizona made what was probably the right call, picking up Webb’s option and keeping their longtime ace around for at least another year. Webb has not been cleared to resume throwing yet after going under the knife, but barring setbacks he’s expected to be ready for spring training and obviously when healthy he’s worth far more than $8.5 million.
Certainly he’s a huge risk and given his uncertain status the Diamondbacks may have just flushed $8.5 million down the toilet, but if they wanted any chance of keeping Webb in 2010 and beyond picking up his option was … well, their only real option.

Wanna see Yasiel Puig and Dallas Keuchel naked?

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On the one hand, the ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” is a transparent attempt by ESPN to sell magazines via the objectification of the human form in a time of the year when only one major team sport — the one ESPN seems to care about the least, baseball — is active and people are generally not buying a ton of magazines.

On the other hand, unlike “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit issue, ESPN objectifies men as well as women, at least making things putatively fair. Oh, and they also, on occasion, put people like Prince Fielder in the thing so as to not exclusively promote unrealistic body standards.

So, on balance: not great and still cynical, but it’s better than its antecedent, and I suppose that’s not nothing.

If you can make your way through the moral and ethical implications of all of this unscathed, feel free to gawk at Yasiel Puig and Dallas Keuchel naked. Here is the link to Puig’s spread, here is the link to Keuchel’s. For what it’s worth, Puig looks like he’s having more fun. Shocker.

A taste, from Puig’s Twitter feed:

Keuchel didn’t tweet out pics of himself in the all together. Like I said: he didn’t seem to have quite as much fun with it.