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Link-O-Rama: Valentine, Tigers, Schmidt, Griffey

Nov 12, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

* Bobby Valentine revealed that he was “baffled” by the Nationals’ interview process and decision to choose Jim Riggleman over him for the manager job. “I’m pretty sure they had Jim in their back pockets the whole time,” Valentine said.
* Asked about rumors that the Tigers are being forced to shop Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson because of payroll constraints, general manager Dave Dombrowski said: “We’re not having a fire sale.” Of course, no one really accused Detroit of holding a fire sale and he didn’t deny anything specific regarding Granderson or Jackson.
* Jason Schmidt is keeping his options open, but will likely retire after spending the past three years unsuccessfully coming back from shoulder surgery. Schmidt won just three games during his three-year, $47 million contract with the Dodgers after going 78-37 with a 3.36 ERA over six seasons for the rival Giants.
* Now that Ken Griffey Jr. is back in Seattle for at least one more season, Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer examines how far the future Hall of Famer can move up various all-time leaderboards.

  1. Mode - Nov 12, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Main Entry: pavano
    Pronunciation: pah-vah-noe
    Function: verb
    Definition: To sign a high dollar long term contract to perform a service, only live up to 5% or less of said contract, while collecting all the money of said contract.
    Other forms: pavanoed, pavanoing
    Example: Jason Schmidt pavanoed the Dodgers.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I think Schmidt was a Giant plant. Bobby Thompson has been seen backing a Brinks truck up to Schmidt’s bank account at three in the morning on numerous occasions. Retire? Heh, at the very least.

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