Quote of the day: "Brett Favre's f–d it up for everybody"

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Billy Wagner recorded his National League-leading 50th game finished last night, vesting a $6.5 million option for the 2011 season, however he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s no Brett Favre:

“I’m retiring. I don’t know how to say it in a
politically correct way, that anybody’s going to believe me.”

“Until I don’t show up next year, nobody’s going to believe me. Brett Favre’s f–ed it up for everybody.”

It’s not like we’d complain if he stuck around. Wagner has an incredible 1.68 ERA, 30 saves and a 77/15 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings this season. With two strikeouts on Friday night, Wagner tied Jesse Orosco for the most strikeouts ever (1,169) by a left-handed reliever. He should be all alone at the top soon enough.

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.