Chipper won't talk retirement plans until the offseason

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In unsurprising fashion Thursday, Braves veteran Chipper Jones told a group of Atlanta-based reporters, including MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, that he is hoping to postpone retirement talks until after the 2010 season.

Chipper spoke many times last year about possibly cutting his career short and again sparked the discussion
earlier this week.  Through 175 at-bats this season, he is batting a
not-so-hot .234 with a .366 slugging percentage and only four home
runs.  The 38-year-old third baseman is a .306/.406/.537 career hitter
over 16-plus professional seasons.

The topic of retirement is sure to come up after every 0-for-3 or 0-for-4 night that Jones experiences for the rest of the year, and you can bet that there will be many of those.  This is baseball, after all, where being successful in a third of your at-bats means greatness.  For now, though, Jones wants to focus on getting his club back to the playoffs.

The Braves currently sit atop the NL East standings by a half-game with a record of 38-28.  The Mets are 37-28, the Phillies are 33-30 (3.5 games back) and the Marlins are 31-34 (6.5 games back).

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.