-P- Chris Young sounds like a really smart guy.
"I could've put more effort into the paper, and I regret that," Young said one day this spring, sitting on a grassy hill down the left field line at the Padres' spring training park in Peoria, Ariz.
Well, maybe if he hadn't spent so much time working on the paper, he might've learned a second pitch, and he might still be a Pirate. Not that the Bucs have any excuse for giving up on him. By the way, the long-term deal for Young that I mentioned the other day turned out to be four years, $14.5 million with an $8.5 million option for 2011. Good deal for the Padres.
-P- Speaking of former Pirates pitchers, the Orioles have already lost Kris Benson. Now it looks like they've lost Jaret Wright as well. You can snicker if you want to about Kris Benson and Jaret Wright, but the Orioles already had to sign Steve Trachsel as an emergency measure when Benson went down. They're not exactly brimming with rotation depth.