Some Monday afternoon linkaliciousness

Jason Schmidt is heading back to the disabled list because of shoulder problems, after once again seeing his fastball hover in the low- to mid-80s in his last start...

The Rangers stayed away from Schmidt this offseason because of health concerns.  Looks like those concerns were well founded...

Mike Pindelski at BTB looks at the A.L. All Star balloting, comparing the leader at each position with the most deserving candidate...

Christina Kahrl has a chat session up, and among other things, she fields a question on the futures of Jon Daniels and Ron Washington...

Will Carroll's BP blog entry on the Orioles' pursuit of Joe Girardi included this amusing nugget:

One NL exec I spoke to this morning says that Girardi is "Buck Showalter without the experience." That's not praise.

The Blue Jays released Tomo Ohka.  If we are going to fool around with spare arms at the back of the rotation for the time being, I'd rather see Ohka than Jamey Wright (or Mark Redman, for that matter).

Buster Olney thinks Alex Rodriguez will get 8 years, $200-240 million from someone this offseason.  Particularly if he hits 60 homers this season, I think that sounds about right.  And Tom Hicks will be off the hook for about $25 million over the next three years...

Tim Brown has a ridiculous article over at Yahoo, about how the Dodger fans need to give Juan Pierre a chance, how he's really a good player...I was going to link to it and make fun of it, but FJM beat me to it.

Joe Siegler misses Mark Clark.  Ugh.  Mark Clark.  What I most remember about him is how, a few years after his horrid stint with the Rangers, SI did a piece about wealthy no-name athletes, guys who made enough as mediocre players (usually basketball or baseball) that, even though they weren't really "famous," they were set for life and able to live a life of luxury at age 35.

Mark Clark -- one of the more notorious free agent signings by Saint Doug of Melvin -- featured prominently, living comfortably in retirement off of the $9.5 million that the Rangers paid him.

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