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News Roundup: Why the Reds Will Stink, and More

-P- Chapter 168 in the epic tale of De Idiotica Natura: The Story of Wayne Krivsky:

The Reds think they got damaged goods when they acquired reliever Gary Majewski from the Nationals last season. And now they are prepared to take their case to Major League Baseball.

"We don't feel like we were dealt with fairly, and you can go to the bank that we're not going to take it sitting down," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said at the team's Redsfest on Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Post.

Cincinnati was unaware that Majewski had a sore shoulder when the team acquired him in a trade with Washington.

If I were a Reds fan, I really would be angry that Krivsky didn't know about Majewski's sore shoulder when he traded half the Reds' offense to get him. Apparently, shady Nationals GM Jim Bowden decided to hide Majewski's KFFL card from the Reds:

Nationals | Majewski experiencing rotator cuff issues

Sun, 7 May 2006 22:17:33 -0700

Washington.Nationals.MLB.com reports Washington Nationals RP Gary Majewski (shoulder) has missed the last three games because of rotator cuff tendonitis. Majewski said he has had the problem off and on for much of this season and that might explain why he hasn't pitched very well.

(Italics mine.)

-P- The Mariners have signed Jose Guillen to a one-year deal worth $5 million plus up to $3 million in incentives, plus a $9 million option. $5 million (plus a draft pick, since the Nats offered Guillen arbitration) really seems like a lot to pay to a guy who had a .276 OBP last year and just had reconstructive elbow surgery, but maybe that's just me.

-P- The O's re-signed Kevin Millar to a one-year, $2.75 million deal. This is another uninspired move by the Orioles, but at least it's not terrible - there's no reason Millar shouldn't be a slightly below-average contributor at first base again next year, and that's worth a couple million bucks.