Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

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The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN.

American League Starters

C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals

2B – Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

SS – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

3B – Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

OF – Jackie Bradley, Jr., Boston Red Sox

OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

DH – David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

American League Reserves

C – Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics

C – Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

1B – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2B – Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

3B – Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays

SS – Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

SS – Eduardo Nunez, Minnesota Twins

OF – Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees

OF – Ian Desmond, Texas Rangers

OF – Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles

DH – Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

American League Pitchers

SP – Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

SP – Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians

SP – Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers

SP – Steven Wright, Boston Red Sox

SP – Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays

RP – Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox

RP – Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles

RP – Brad Brach, Baltimore Orioles

RP – Andrew Miller, New York Yankees

RP – Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

RP – Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals

RP – Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays

RP – Will Harris, Houston Astros

National League Starters

C – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

1B – Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

2B – Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs

SS – Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs

3B – Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs

3B – Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

OF – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

OF – Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets

OF – Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs

National League Reserves

C – Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

C – Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

1B – Wil Myers, San Diego Padres

2B – Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

SS – Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

OF – Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds

OF – Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

OF – Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia phillies

OF – Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

National League Pitchers

SP – Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

SP – Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs

SP – Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

SP – Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants

SP – Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

SP – Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets

SP – Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

SP – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

RP – Jeurys Familia, New York Mets

RP – Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

RP – Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

RP – Fernando Rodney, Miami Marlins

RP – A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins

Discuss the snubs in the comments. I’ll get you started: Jake Lamb.

 

Shohei Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani is having another incredible season at the plate and on the mound for the Angels, regularly accomplishing feats that haven’t occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth’s heyday. He is a strong contender for the AL MVP award again alongside the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple Crown.

Ohtani is batting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .888 OPS as the Halos’ designated hitter. He is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts as their ace on the mound, and opponents are batting only .207 against him.

The 28-year-old Ohtani still will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and his future could be tied to the immediate fortunes of the Angels, who will complete their seventh consecutive losing season next week. The Angels didn’t trade Ohtani at the deadline despite being out of the playoff race again, and Ohtani is wildly popular among the club’s fans.

Ohtani repeatedly has said winning will be an important factor in choosing his home beyond 2023, and Angels owner Arte Moreno is currently exploring a sale of the team.

Moreno’s leadership has been widely criticized during the Angels’ mostly miserable run of play since 2009, and a fresh start with deep-pocketed new owners could be the best chance to persuade Ohtani to stay with the franchise he joined in 2018 from Japan. Ohtani immediately won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and he rounded into unique form last season after recovering fully from Tommy John surgery.