Jose Valverde to Marlins report gets shot down, called “a typical ploy by Scott Boras”

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This morning Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Marlins were close to signing Jose Valverde to a one-year contract, but an hour or so later Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald talked to a source who called the report “utterly false.”

Spencer now has a further update, writing that “not one, not two, but three sources I spoke with shot down the rumor.”

Adding to the fun? Valverde is represented by agent Scott Boras, about whom one of Spencer’s sources said: “This is a typical ploy by Scott Boras to attempt to create a market that doesn’t exist for his players, trying to drum up attention when no market exists.”

I hope the entire HardballTalk readership didn’t just simultaneously die of shock.

Dodgers feel optimistic about Corey Seager’s return in the World Series

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The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.

Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”