Bobby Valentine to join ESPN

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About those Bobby V. managerial rumors? Eh, forget I said anything:

Television industry and baseball sources say Valentine, completing his final season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League, is on the verge of signing a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN . . . “It’s a done deal,” one source said. “And it should be announced soon.”

The article says that the last time ESPN hired Valentine he had a clause in his contract that called for him to pay back some money if he bolted to take a manager’s job.  Which pretty much has to rule out him taking either the Mets or the Nats jobs. I mean, it’s one thing to work for either of those train wrecks, but to actually pay for the privilege? Ye Gods.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.