Morning Bits: China, Lincecum, Verlander, Manny
Here are a few league-wide bits to start the day:
- The Yanks are in China showcasing their World Series trophy while acting as baseball ambassadors.
- Apparently, the Giants’ arbitration talks with fellow UW alumnus, Tim Lincecum, are not going very well.
- Conversely, the Tigers avoided arbitration with Justin Verlander, inking him to a 5-year deal for $80M.
- Manny Ramirez considered opting out of his $20M contract with the LA to pursue a DH gig in the AL.
The reasoning for the opt-out would have been predicated upon physical concerns, as playing the outfield – quite poorly, I might add – on a regular basis ultimately took its toll on Joe Torre’s 38-year old enigma. Manny, of course, did not opt-out of his deal once it was clear he would receive nowhere near $20 million from any American League club.
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