Bud Selig is not gonna kowtow to the IOC to get baseball back into the Olympics

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Good for Bud:

Any chance that baseball had to get back in the Olympics for 2020 likely was scuttled when commissioner Bud Seligsaid Major League Baseball wouldn’t put its season on pause to enable the best players to compete.

“Look, we can’t stop our season in August,” Selig said last month. “We just can’t.”

That won’t fly with the International Olympic Committee, which isn’t going to hold a tournament for horsehide retirees and minor leaguers when the NBA and NHL send their best to Olympus.

Good for Bud for two reasons: (a) for noting that the regular baseball season is more important than an international competition which doesn’t really give a hoot about baseball; and (b) for not playing ball with the same IOC which thinks that wrestling shouldn’t be in the Olympics anymore when it’s ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FREAKING OLYMPIC SPORTS.

But really: with professional leagues in multiple countries and an international tournament already in existence in the form of the WBC, does baseball in the Olympics serve any real purpose?

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.