All-Star lineups include Ryan Howard as NL designated hitter

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Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup.
Here are the full NL and AL lineups:

   American League                 National League
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF            1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Derek Jeter, SS              2. Martin Prado, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B           3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Josh Hamilton, CF            4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Vladimir Guerrero, DH        5. David Wright, 3B
6. Evan Longoria, 3B            6. Ryan Braun, LF
7. Joe Mauer, C                 7. Andre Ethier, CF
8. Robinson Cano, 2B            8. Corey Hart, RF
9. Carl Crawford, LF            9. Yadier Molina, C

Miguel Cabrera replaced Justin Morneau in the AL lineup, while Martin Prado and Corey Hart replaced Chase Utley and Jason Heyward in the NL lineup.
All-Star outfields are often oddly arranged because there’s no “center fielder” spot on the ballot, but Manuel choosing Andre Ethier to start in center field is especially odd considering he has zero experience there as a major leaguer and Corey Hart has played 51 career games there.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.