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Morning Jolt: Joba's time up with Yankees?

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Monday, February 14

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Joba's time up with Yankees?

Brian Cashman may envision Joba Chamberlain in the Yankees bullpen, but he's offering no guarantees. "Anybody who has [minor league] options is not a lock for anything," Cashman said when asked by The Post if the 25-year-old was a roster-spot lock. "Any player with options has to re-earn everything." ... Today, what's left for Chamberlain amounts to crumbs. Rafael Soriano got three years and $35 million to set up Rivera. David Robertson has developed into a dependable and versatile righty reliever. Boone Logan and Pedro Feliciano are manager Joe Girardi's lefties in the bullpen. Chamberlain? His options are: middle relief, Triple-A or a trade. (New York Post)Comment

Panthers owner mocks Brees, Manning

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson may not be invited to dinner any time soon with two of the NFL's top quarterbacks. [Richardson] mocked quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees during a Feb. 5 negotiating session with the NFL Players Association, says three league sources, a sign of disrespect that the union hopes solidifies its members in the pending labor battle with the NFL. "[Richardson] was extremely condescending to them, especially toward Peyton," a source said. ... Apparently, Richardson was particularly sarcastic when Manning started to talk about players' safety. At one point, Richardson evidently said, "What do you know about player safety?" (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

LaRussa fears Pujols will be distraction

As of Sunday night, Albert Pujols had reportedly turned down a contract proposal from the Cardinals, possibly triggering the Pujols-imposed cease in negotiations with St. Louis. The Cardinals may indeed be more comfortable allowing other clubs to help sculpt Pujols' market within free agency rather than to negotiate in a vacuum. A source familiar with Pujols described the 10-year-veteran as "at peace" with the situation. ... [Tony] La Russa, breaking a virtual cone of silence that has surrounded the issue, acknowledged unresolved negotiations with Pujols could become a "spectacular distraction potentially," but hastened that "we won't allow it to be." He instead called it a 'spectacular excuse" should the club underachieve this season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Comment

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