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.