The Dodgers were a …Mystery Team in the Prince Fielder bidding

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Interesting report from Jon Heyman. Seems that the Dodgers were involved in the Prince Fielder bidding. Like, seriously involved:

The Dodgers were a surprise entrant in the sweepstakes, making a major push to sign the star slugger with an offer that guaranteed him seven years but provided a sweet four-year opt-out. And for a couple weeks, they looked like a real possibility for Prince.

Given how player-friendly such opt-outs are, it’s not surprising that the Dodgers were — mysteriously! — players until the end. Heyman reports that the four pre-opt out years were for more money than Fielder got from the Tigers. Like, $26 million. It was the final three years that were low, rendering the deal nearly $60 million lower in overall guaranteed cash.

Good story overall, so go read it. Complete with a secret meeting in an undisclosed location and all of that jazz.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.