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Daily Friar 1.24.13 

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It was a big evening and early morning for Major League Baseball so far today. Some of the bigger free agent names have been locked up and a huge trade finally happened that involves a team from the NL West. There is still one big name out there right now on the free agent market that hasn’t signed yet and that is Michael Bourn. He will sign eventually, we all know that. It is just a matter of where, when and for how much. The problem with Bourn is he comes with the draft pick clause that was agreed on in the latest CBA. The team that signs him will have to surrender a draft pick in the early rounds of this years draft. The Mets are interested in having him, but they cherish their draft picks as well. Like I said though, he will sign at some point and after today’s trade I think that signing time will come sooner than later. Today’s piece is more MLB heavy, but there isn’t a whole lot on the Padres today, again. Here are your links for today:
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A short video interview with Casey Kelly – Padres.com

Phil Mickelson says his tax comments were “insensitive” – San Diego 6

“Golfer Phil Mickelson, who makes $40 million to $50 million a year, said he was unsure today about whether to leave California for a less taxing state and that it was ‘insensitive’ to air his opinions publicly.”

Top prospect countdown #31-40 – Seedlings to Stars
#36 is Rymer Liriano

“2012 was a step back for Liriano, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a new norm despite the jump to a higher level of competition. He still could prove to be a big piece for the Padres rebuilding efforts in the years ahead.”

The latest news from around the league:

Braves acquire Justin Upton – MLB.com

“The Braves have reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Justin Upton from the D-backs in exchange for five players, including Martin Prado.”

The Mets sign Shaun Marcum – NBC Sports

“Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed Sean Marcum. It’s a one-year deal, pending a physical.”

Cubs to sign Scott Hairston – MLBTR

“The Cubs have reached an agreement with outfielder Scott Hairston for a two-year deal pending a physical, reports FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.