Dusty Baker has blown my friggin’ mind

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Dusty Baker is going to use Ryan Ludwick as his designated hitter against the Yankees this weekend.  This despite the fact that Ludwick is hitting terribly lately.  Why, Dusty?  Why are you using Ludwick?

“I know everybody wants me to play the guy who’s hot, but what happens when the guy who’s hot gets cold and the cold guy never gets lukewarm because he’s not playing?”

That was either the most insightful thing ever said or the most egregious case of double-talking horse hockey in recorded history.  And really, I could go either way with it.

(hat tip to reader Metalhead65 for the quote. He may hate the Beastie Boys and he may think Rush should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he found me a humdinger of a quote here)

Report: Mets, Jose Quintana agree to 2-year, $26 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — The New York Mets and José Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract, adding another veteran arm to the team’s rotation.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

New York has been rebuilding its pitching staff following a playoff loss to San Diego in the wild-card round. Three members of its rotation became free agents this offseason, and the Mets also had several openings in their bullpen.

Ace right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year, $86.7 million contract with New York.

Quintana played for Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season, going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts. The left-hander was terrific after he was traded to the Cardinals in August, posting a 2.01 ERA in 12 appearances for the NL Central champions.

Quintana also worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings for St. Louis in his lone playoff start, but the Cardinals were eliminated by Philadelphia.