Report: Selig to get two-year extension

566648.jpg

Report: Selig to get two-year extension

For quite some time word on the street was that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig would retire at the end of the 2012 season.

Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that Selig, 77, will get a two-year extension.

embedly_twitter_24249138background:url(http:a3.twimg.comprofile_background_images146607075busterback2.jpg) 131516; padding:20px; embedly_twitter_24249138 pbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_24249138 .embedly_tweet_contentbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_24249138 p span.metadatadisplay:block;width:100;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px; padding-bottom: 12px; embedly_twitter_24249138 p span.metadata span.authorline-height:15px;color:999;font-size:14px embedly_twitter_24249138 p span.metadata span.author aline-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle embedly_twitter_24249138 p span.metadata span.author imgfloat:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px embedly_twitter_24249138 p a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_24249138 p a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_24249138 .embedly_timestampfont-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .components-above span.embedly_timestampfont-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_24249138 a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_24249138 a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-screen-name font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-full-name padding-left: 4px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actionsmargin-left: 10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px embedly_twitter_24249138 .components-above span.tweet-actionsfont-size:10px embedly_twitter_24249138 .controlsline-height:12px!important embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions a margin-left:5px embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions a bfont-weight:normal embedly_twitter_24249138 .components-above span.tweet-actions a bvertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_24249138 .components-above .tweet-textfont-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-image float: left; width: 40px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-user-block-image float: left; width: 48px; height: 48px embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-row margin-left: 40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-user-block margin-left: -40px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .stream-item padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .simple-tweet-image img margin-top: 4px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .simple-tweet-content margin: 0 0 13px 0px; font-size: 14px; min-height:48px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .in-reply-to-border border-color: EBEBEB; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 0 0; embedly_twitter_24249138 .in-reply-to-text margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions i background: transparent url(http:a2.twimg.coma1306889658phoeniximgsprite-icons.png) no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none; text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i background-position:-192px 0; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i background-position:0 0; embedly_twitter_24249138 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i background-position:-32px 0; @Buster_ESPN
Buster Olney Not surprisingly, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will get an extension this week at the owners' meetings, of at least two years.
Jan 10 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

The news doesn't come as a surprise, at least to the New York Daily News' Bill Madden.

"There isn't a single person in baseball who believes Selig is going anywhere," he said. "Even Selig's closest friends find laughable the notion of him walking away from a job that pays upwards of 20 million per year, along with the perks of a private jet, to teach sports history."

A vote should happen this week at the owners' meetings in Arizona.

Are you surprised with the extension? Do you think Selig should have retired? If so, who would you want as Commissioner?

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler won't be making a surprise return to the Cubs next season.

Fowler is closing in on a deal to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Cubs signed outfielder Jon Jay last week to a one-year deal, pretty much sealing Fowler's future with the Cubs.

In two seasons in Chicago, Fowler batted .261/.367/.427 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and a World Series ring.

Koji Uehara would add another dimension to Cubs bullpen

Koji Uehara would add another dimension to Cubs bullpen

The Cubs are reportedly on the verge of adding another pitcher who’s notched the final out of a World Series as Theo Epstein’s front office builds out the bullpen for manager Joe Maddon.

The Cubs are nearing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Koji Uehara, according to Nikkan Sports in Japan, which would open up even more possibilities for the defending champs in front of All-Star closer Wade Davis.

The Cubs made their biggest splash during this week’s winter meetings at National Harbor in Maryland by trading young outfielder Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for Davis, who finished off Game 5 in the 2015 World Series.

Uehara closed out the 2013 World Series for the Boston Red Sox, the beginning of three straight seasons where he put up 20-plus saves. The Cubs have not confirmed an agreement is in place.

The Cubs needed another lefty presence with Mike Montgomery – the pitcher on the mound when the 108-year drought ended in November – moving to the rotation and Travis Wood likely leaving as a free agent.

Uehara throws right-handed, but he shuts down left-handed hitters (.183 batting average, .555 OPS across 800 at-bats) and has appeared in seven postseason series after a distinguished career in Japan.

[SHOP: Get your Cubs gear right here] 

Uehara will turn 42 the day after Opening Day. But an array of relievers should help preserve Uehara, strengthen Carl Edwards Jr. (who’s generously listed at 170 pounds) and maybe prevent the late-season injuries that marginalized Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop during the playoffs.

“We’re going to try to build up a ton of depth,” Epstein said. “We’re going to try to build up a really talented, deep bullpen with a lot of different options that you can use in close games.

“Instead of three late-game options, it would be ideal if you had five or six. And you could always like who you’re turning to in the ‘pen and not feel the need to use a Rondon four out of five times.

“(We could) use them every other day and occasional back-to-backs. And that would help keep them fresh down the stretch – and help keep them strong in October.”