Alex Rodriguez hit his 657th career home run

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Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez moved a step closer to tying Willie Mays in fourth place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard. Serving as the DH in Friday night’s lineup against the Rays, Rodriguez clubbed a solo home run in the top of the second inning against Nate Karns, a no-doubter to left-center.

Rodriguez now has 657 home runs in his career, leaving him three shy of tying Mays at 660. Rodriguez has a marketing deal in his contract that calls for him to be paid $6 million for each of five home run milestones, starting with 660. That is followed by 714, 755, 762, and 763. The Yankees have been threatening to go to an arbitrator in an attempt to get out of paying him any of his $6 million awards.

Rodriguez, 39, has been one of the few bright spots for the Yankees, who entered Friday’s game at 3-6. Rodriguez carried a .286/.394/.571 triple-slash line along with two home runs and seven RBI in 33 plate appearances.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.