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Link Roundup: Chris Duffy Will Miss Start of Spring Training

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-P- As if Chris Duffy's career wasn't already heading south, now he'll miss the start of Spring Training after having surgery on his shoulder in September. With both Nate McLouth and Nyjer Morgan in front of him and with this injury, Duffy's going to have a hard time reclaiming his starting spot. Which is as it should be, frankly - aside from a hot start to his big-league career in 2005, he hasn't really ever hit in the majors, and he'll be 28 in April.

-P- Vlad explains why the Pirates shouldn't be content with their current group of starting pitchers.

-P- Speaking of guys whose careers are heading south, the Rockies signed Marcus Giles to a minor-league deal. It's incredible that Giles was receiving MVP votes as recently as 2005.

Giles was terrible in 2007 for the Padres, but he hit well in April, and he's the sort of player who always seems to have one injury or another, so one wonders if one or more of those was really bothering him last year. If he never rebounds, he's a good example to use when explaining how it's possible that players tend to peak around age 27 - sure, players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens can remain elite players into their 40s (perhaps through dubious means), but there are also players like Giles who peak well before they turn 27 - Giles' only really great season was at age 25.

Whatever the case, this is a good move for the Rockies, who had Omar Quintanilla at the top of their depth chart at second.

-P- Via Primer, this quote from Scott Boras is just hilarious:

Scott Boras has a bunker of computers loaded with nearly 130 years of statistical history and 35 staffers dedicated to prepping arbitration cases for clients like Rick Ankiel.

Yet even with all his resources whirring into action, it's improbable they'll find a case anything like Ankiel's.

"You have a player whose contributions came first as a pitcher, then as a position player," the agent said. "The last player you're really talking about is Babe Ruth."

And how did his arbitration go?

"It's just a nice analogy," Boras said.