The best foaming-at-the-mouth anti-A-Rod screed you'll read today

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The Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg gives us a great big blast of anti-Arod vitriol today, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the spring of 2009.  The occasion: Rodriguez’s imminent topping of the 600 home run mark.  Among the choicest bits (though if you’re into outrage porn, I highly recommend reading the whole thing):

Forgive me, though, if I don’t stand up and cheer. Because we’ve all seen this act before.

A magical mark. A tainted player.

Another entry into the record books we can’t believe.

About the only thing missing is an immense, shaven head and the traveling circus that always seemed to surround it. Say what you will about Barry Bonds, he always made for good entertainment.

Yeah, Dahlberg actually has relatively kind words for Bonds compared to A-Rod based on some notion that A-Rod is actually a worse person for admitting that he took PEDs when confronted about it as opposed to Bonds, for whom Dahlberg says “there was always a shred of deniability about steroids.”

Whatever. Based on what he wrote last year, Dahlberg doesn’t even believe that baseball players deserve basic Constitutional rights, so I’m pretty sure he’d have hate to spew regarding Rodriguez no matter what we learned about the extent or affect of his PED use.  Really, we could get a notarized statement from God Almighty that PEDs gave A-Rod a definite number of extra home runs over the years and Dahlberg would still dismiss his entire career as a fraud.

But we can dismiss Dahlberg’s take just as easily. The whole screed sounds like something warmed over from two years ago when steroid outrage wasn’t yet tired and cliched.  Most fans — and writers — have moved on since then. No, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten or even forgiven — nor should we — but most sensible people have moved past the idea that they’ve had their childhood memories stolen from them simply because an athlete took some drugs.

Sadly, some people still feel like they’ve been utterly betrayed.  What a small and sad world they must live in.

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.