Jordan Zimmermann got Steven Souza a Best Buy gift card for that no-hitter-saving catch

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Remember on the last day of the season how Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter? And how the final out of that no-hitter came on a pretty nifty catch by center fielder Steven Souza? After that there was talk of Zimmermann getting Souza some sort of gift for the great effort. He mentioned a BMW once, but that was, apparently, a joke.

Here’s what he really got him:

On Wednesday, Souza revealed to MLB.com that Zimmermann gave him a Best Buy gift certificate. Souza declined to say how much the gift certificate was worth, but the present from Zimmermann helped Souza out big time.

“I cannot disclose the amount. He gave a gift certificate to help me out for my house. It was very thoughtful,” Souza said.

Depending on how generous Zimmermann was, Souza may now be the proud owner of an HDMI cable. And, perhaps — if he was super generous — an extended warranty on said HDMI cable. If he was less generous maybe he was able to snag a “Friends” DVD box set. Really, the possibilities are endless here. It’s Best Buy we’re talking about. They totally outfitted the 90s and they can outfit you too.

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.