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Disabled-list conspiracy theories

Are teams bending the rules? Some DL transactions appear suspicious

Originally Published: May 14, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Dontrelle Willis made his dramatic return from the disabled list Wednesday night. And who among us wasn't happy to see him back in the big leagues?

Uhhhhh, except, that is, for all those people in baseball who are still trying to figure out how the Detroit Tigers maneuvered him onto the disabled list in the first place.

"It was pretty obvious, wasn't it?" said one longtime front-office man. "They invested $29 million in the guy. They had $22 million left. He's a good kid. They'd already ...

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