Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

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Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following:

Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a Speedo.

Based on this picture, I think we must conclude that today he fulfilled his promise.

But yes, I agree that even if that is technical compliance, it is a half-hearted effort.  Next time someone says something like that, let’s all be sure we collectively nail down the terms beforehand.  Because when a beat writer says he’s gonna wear a Speedo, we should expect a little skin.

Wait. These are beat writers we’re talking about.  And most of them aren’t in good shape like Martino is.  Let’s just forget I said that, OK?  And if you need me, I’ll be huddled over in the corner, rocking back and forth and trying to make the bad thoughts go away.

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.