Adrian Beltre wants five years, $70 million+

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Buster Olney reports that Adrian Beltre is looking for a five-year deal worth $70 million+.

Which does not seem at all unreasonable in this market, frankly.  The A’s reportedly offered the third baseman a five-years and $64 million, but he gave them the cold shoulder and they have ceased their interest. But at, I dunno, $75 million, his hometown Angels have to have a great shot at him.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.