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A horse named after Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant is aiming for the Kentucky Derby

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A few years back I was lucky enough to go to the Kentucky Derby. It was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had at any sporting or entertainment event. I’m not a gambler by nature so my wagers were all small and sensible. At least until the actual Derby, when I got a little carried away.

For the final race, I went a little big on a hunch, betting on a horse named “General A Rod” based solely on the name. It seemed like fate that that horse was running. At the time Alex Rodriguez was serving his Biogenesis suspension and was persona non grata. As anyone who has been reading me for a while knows, I tend to like the most hated, so I put some big (for me) money on A-Rod’s near-namesake. He finished 11th out of 19 horses. Shoulda gone with California Chrome.

In 2018 there may very well be an intentionally baseball-themed horse. From MLB.com:

Jason Loutsch is a huge Cubs fan, so when it came time to name the dark bay colt his Albaugh Family Stable bought at the Keeneland Sales in September 2016, he decided to combine the names of his two favorite players, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo . . . Soon, Bryzzo will be shipped to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., to spend the winter training. There’s no date yet for his next race, which will likely be after Christmas. Loutsch said there’s a chance the colt could qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

Keep me away from the window.

Report: Six teams are in on Troy Tulowitzki

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At least six teams are interested in free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a recent report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Known suitors include the Cubs, who will reportedly be in attendance during one of the shortstop’s offseason workouts as they decide whether or not to press forward with a deal.

The Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on Tuesday as general manager Ross Atkins admitted he couldn’t rely on the 34-year-old to bounce back from season-ending bone spur removal surgery and be the kind of consistent presence the club needed going forward. Toronto is expected to absorb the remaining $38 million on Tulowitzki’s contract, which includes the $20 million he’s due in 2019, another $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout in 2021.

The veteran slugger will be available to any interested team at a minimum $600,000, an undeniably attractive bargain if he recovers in advance of the 2019 season. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 and slashed .249/.300/.378 with 17 extra-base hits and a .678 OPS through 260 PA. Per Slusser, Tulowitzki appears to be angling for a job with the Athletics — even going so far as to say he’d be willing to switch positions in order to play for a winning team — though they have yet to reach out about a potential deal this winter.