Dodgers agree to deal with Edinson Volquez

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Edinson Volquez was released by the Padres on Tuesday after posting a 6.01 ERA in 142 1/3 innings this year, but it didn’t take long to find a new team.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the 30-year-old right-hander has agreed to a major league contract — pending a physical — with the Dodgers. He will make the major league minimum, with the Padres covering the large majority of what remains from his $5.725 million player salary for 2013.

Volquez had a breakout year for the Reds in 2008, registering a 3.21 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 196 innings and finishing fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year ballotting. But he has a 4.98 ERA (76 ERA+) in 100 starts since the beginning of the 2009 season and seems doubtful to suddenly figure it out in Los Angeles.

Rob Manfred blames Bryce Harper for going unsigned

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Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with the media today. Naturally, he was asked various questions about the landscape of the sport, given that superstars Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain unsigned as spring training begins. Per The Athletic’s Brittany Ghiroli, Manfred said that he thinks the free agent market will begin to move once spring training exhibition games begin. Manfred also said that Harper’s camp suggesting that he wants $400 million back in 2016 was “an impediment” to discussions throughout the offseason.

No word on why Machado is also as yet unsigned, as he did not have a reported $400 million ask.

Manfred’s job is to look out for ownership, so it’s not surprising to see him point the finger at Harper. Consider:

Manfred’s comment comes just months after the Red Sox won 108 regular season games and the World Series with baseball’s largest payroll. And ongoing evidence that there is indeed a positive correlation between dollars spent and team success. We often hear justification for tanking/rebuilding because the Cubs and Astros did it and won championships because of it. When the Red Sox use financial muscle to win a championship, it’s crickets.

Manfred didn’t stop there, however.

An easy way to get baseball’s “glow” back would be for two of the game’s best and most popular players to be in uniform playing games. The first spring training exhibition game will be played on February 22, so it’s not looking like that’s going to happen anytime soon.

Baseball’s “glow” would also come back if more teams were actively trying to win. Instead, one-third of the league is “rebuilding” or otherwise coasting on revenue-sharing. For fans of the Rangers, Orioles, Royals, and Marlins — to name a few — the outcomes of their favorite teams’ seasons have already been decided, so what is there to get excited about?