Wanna buy a Lou Gehrig home run ball?

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It’s a significant one too:

A Connecticut family is selling a baseball that New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig hit a home run with in the 1928 World Series.

Elizabeth Gott, a Stamford resident, says she’s selling the ball on behalf of her 30-year-old son, Michael. She says the proceeds will be used to pay off his medical school debt.

Gehrig hit the homer off Grover Cleveland Alexander.  It’s expected to fetch between $100K and $200K. No word on whether young Michael’s specialty will be ALS and other diseases of the nervous system, but seeing as though Gehrig is indirectly paying for his education …

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.