Odds & Ends: Dmitri, Marlins, Pirates

Come on, commenters. It's trade deadline week. There's no time for sleep. Some more links for your Sunday night enjoyment…

  • Mark Zuckerman of The Washington Times reports Dmitri Young may soon call it quits.  He tore his left quad during a rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg last week and recently sent this text message to the Times:  "I'm upset because I was feeling great, and then pop.  Wasn't the way I wanted to go out."
  • Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that the Marlins are cautiously watching the trade market.  "We've been looking; Larry Beinfest has been looking at moves for a month," Marlins president David Samson said. "It's a difficult scenario because we're not willing to trade our future, because we have such good position players coming up.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of college professors have made a fascinating discovery:  "Whether a player is elected to the Hall of Fame by veteran baseball writers is an entirely predictable outcome based on a few statistics."  That quote sells the article short; it's an excellent read for baseball buffs.
  • According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, the Mets have officially signed Venezuelan left-hander Juan Urbina.
  • MLB.com's Jen Langosch reports the Tigers are scouting the Pirates, and vice versa.  Detroit is looking for a middle infield bat and/or a starter.  Pittsburgh just so happens to have a few perfect fits in Freddy Sanchez and Zach Duke.
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