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Nation captivated by the existence of false identities on Twitter, ignores signing of Matt Harrison.

Hannah Foslien

So big news came down yesterday, which is that my imaginary Twitter brother Adam J. Morris has been a 10+ year hoax created for the expressed purpose of trolling Michael Young fans. C'mon, people, seriously, you had to have realized that all Catalanotto love couldn't be real.

Actually, the big news yesterday was that Matt Harrison signed a 5 year, $55 million extension. The deal includes an option for a sixth year, and escalates from $5 million in 2013 to $13 million in 2015. T.R. Sullivan notes that the Rangers now have four starting pitchers under the age of 30 who are under team control for the next four seasons.

Richard Durrett uses the Harrison extension as a jumping-off point to look at the Rangers' commitment to (relative) youth in the rotation.

Terence Moore says that Ian Kinsler, after initially agreeing to move to first base, later decided he wanted to remain at second, and then goes through a lengthy discussion of historical position changes.

Joe Nathan declined to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, to which I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

If you haven't gotten your fill of replacement level pitchers, the Ranges signed two on Tuesday in Ryan Feierabend and Kevin Pucetas. Feierabend, like many no-name lefties in the past, chalked up a decent outing against the Rangers in 2007.

Richard Durett has some more hot stove talk, saying that there are plenty of names out there still available. Of course, we've talked all those options to death.

Finally, some old lady in Europe left her house to drive 47 miles to a train station. Unfortunately, her GPS led her on a merry chase that took two days and across Slovakia, Croatia, and Austria before she finally began to question the GPS and called home.