Silver lining: it’s possible the Papelbon signing won’t cost the Phillies a draft pick

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I’m still reeling from the Jonathan Papelbon signing, but I suppose there is one thing that makes it slightly less odious than first considered: as Ken Rosenthal notes, the signing may not cost the Phillies their first-round pick.

That’s because signings this offseason are going to be covered by the new collective bargaining agreement and that new agreement may very well do-away with draft pick compensation.  Meaning, the Phillies may not — may not — have to send a pick to Boston for the privilege of massively overpaying Papelbon.

It’s possible, however, that the Red Sox may still get compensation picks, just not at Philly’s expense. Basically, MLB might just decide to print up picks like so much diluted common stock.  Which makes everyone slightly worse off instead of making one team — Philly — massively worse off.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).