Our continuing coverage of the Francoeur-Broxton hunting trip

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Yesterday we learned that part of the sales pitch to get Jonathan Broxton to come to Kansas City was a hunting trip involving Broxton, Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. Today, because I’m obsessed with this kind of thing and I’m too old to be cured of such maladies by now, I read the in-depth report about this trip over at the New York Post.

If you’re not ill like me, just know that the hunting trip took place on a 40,000 acre ranch owned by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.  Of course it did.  Next time someone tells you to stop trafficking in lazy stereotypes ignore it, because that stuff pays, jack.

My biggest takeway: how many teams were going to pay Broxton $4 million with incentives to $5 million?  Maybe some. I can’t imagine a ton. But I guess if we want to credit the hunting trip for it all it will be more fun that way.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.