Breaking Bad: Phillies edition

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The guy who wrote this tweet is after my own heart:

Some background here. Apparently Bryan Cranston is a big Phillies fan. Which makes Walter White both the one who knocks and the one who continues to insist that the Ryan Howard contract was a good one. And that the Phillies are just a move or two away from contending next year. And that their team is somehow better because their fans are more “passionate,” or whatever euphemism is being used that day.

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.