Kyle Seager, Mariners close to $100 million extension

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Third baseman Kyle Seager and the Mariners are on the verge of agreeing to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Seager has emerged as one of MLB’s best all-around third basemen at age 27, combining Gold Glove-winning defense with 25-homer power despite calling pitcher-friendly Safeco Field home.

He’s arbitration eligible for the first time in 2015 and under team control through 2017, so a seven-year contract would cover his three arbitration-eligible seasons and buy out his first four years of free agency.

Among all MLB third basemen from 2012-2014 he ranks fifth in Wins Above Replacement, sandwiched in between Chase Headley and Evan Longoria. A seven-year deal would put him under the Mariners’ control through age 33.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.