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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The most important thing you’ll read about hot stove rumors today

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rumors Timex Social Club

    Sam Miller of the OC Register explains how one tiny bit of nothing about anything can turn into a rumor of a player being connected with a given team in the space of a few tweets, using the example of a Ryan Doumit rumor to trace the path from ether to concrete, such as it…

  2. Wily Mo Pena could play in Japan next year

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Every time Wily Mo Pena comes up I — and a lot of other people — get kind of excited because big long home runs and all-or-nothing kind of players like him are sort of neat on some weird level.  It’s irrational, I know. It’s just one of those times when people who think like…

  3. Lenny Dykstra may try to lam it to Mexico? OK. I could see that.

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra may have actually had the first rational thought in years, and sadly, it’s likely going to get his bail revoked. According to Larry Brown Sports, Dykstra’s former business manager withdrew the $30,000 bail he posted because he is fearful that Dykstra plans on leaving the county for Mexico. He basically just thinks that…

  4. Must-click link: The most devastating takedown of Peter Angelos you’ll ever read

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Peter Angelos

    Because some of you care about such things I will note at the outset that this blog post by Jonathan Bernhardt is long.  Quite long. But there are fewer wasted words there than in most Twitter updates. Everyone knows that Peter Angelos is the central problem with the Orioles, but I’ve never seen it put…

  5. Come February, Phil Hughes may be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012: Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in…

  6. Wilson Ramos intends to play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Wilson Ramos intends to start playing for Aragua Tigres on Wednesday.  This is one of those deals where, after you get over the initial reaction — dude, I’d be the heck out of Venezuela, like, yesterday if I were him — it makes a ton of sense. After Ramos’ ordeal,…

  7. Doug Melvin on Prince Fielder: “it’s simple math”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with Brewers GM Doug Melvin and, while Melvin said that he “might” meet with Scott Boras this week at the GM/owners meetings in Milwaukee, there is zero chance that the Brewers will make Fielder an offer. Haudricourt breaks it down pretty simply: the Brewers have extended Ryan Braun…

  8. Dale Sveum to get a second interview with the Red Sox

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Given that the first interview consisted of nine hours of conversation and a battery of managerial simulations — and given that the dude worked for Boston previously — I’m not sure what will be learned in a second Dale Sveum interview.  But according to Ken Rosenthal he’s getting one. Pete Abe says the interview could…

  9. Jose Reyes has not signed with the Marlins. Yet.

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    Everybody’s in a hurry to put Jose Reyes in Marlin-teal. Er, orange. Or whatever color it is. Pick one. You’ll probably be right. Anyway, it’s funny how so many people — including people who aren’t normally involved in mainstream of the rumor-mongering game — seem to have some inside dirt on Reyes’ plans. Last week Jorge…

  10. The Cardinals radically shift gears by hiring Mike Matheny

    Nov 13, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny AP

    Pop quiz, hot shot: your manager just retired following a World Series win.  He was the most experienced and successful and savvy guy to manage a major league baseball team in decades. You need someone to follow that act, somehow. Who do you hire? WHO DO YOU HIRE?! Why, you hire a guy with absolutely…

  11. Wilson Ramos found safely

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

    wilson ramos reuters

    Rafael Rojas of the Meridiano newspaper in Venezuela just tweeted that Wilson Ramos has been found safely: Internal Affairs Minister called Ramos family and told them they got him … VZ Information Minister tweets Ramos has been found safely by authorities at mountains at Carabobo state .. Rojas says that Ramos’ recovery was announced on the…

  12. What it’s like to play in Venezuela

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Venezuela flag

    Jon Paul Morosi interviewed an American baseball player who played in the Venezuelan Winter League. The player, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke frankly about the good — and there’s a lot of good — as well as the bad and the ugly about it all. Read it all because it’s all worth reading. But…

  13. Silver lining: it’s possible the Papelbon signing won’t cost the Phillies a draft pick

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    I’m still reeling from the Jonathan Papelbon signing, but I suppose there is one thing that makes it slightly less odious than first considered: as Ken Rosenthal notes, the signing may not cost the Phillies their first-round pick. That’s because signings this offseason are going to be covered by the new collective bargaining agreement and…

  14. UPDATE: Jamey Carroll, Twins agree to a two-year deal

    Nov 11, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Twins are the lucky winners of the Jamey Carroll derby and are closing in on a multi-year deal.  He’s expected to be their starting shortstop.  Terms aren’t disclosed, but I presume it won’t be four years, $50 million.  UPDATE:  Rosenthal says it looks like two-years, $7 million.  Seems…

  15. Four years and $50 million for Papelbon? Seriously, Philly?

    Nov 11, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    papelbon getty

    There were many, many potential closers on the market this morning. None had signed yet. None made the sort of money Jonathan Papelbon did last year, have the mileage on their arms that he does and most of them aren’t his age.  Yet, somehow, Ruben Amaro decided that Papelbon needed a four-year, $50 million deal.…

  16. The Diamondbacks set a Monday deadline for Aaron Hill

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

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    Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks have a multi-year offer on the table for Aaron Hill.  They want an answer from him by Monday. The fact of the offer is not news — Nick Piecoro reported this earlier this week — but then it was said to have been an open-ended thing with…

  17. Josh Hamilton had sports hernia surgery

    Nov 11, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Josh Hamilton had an MRI last night on the old groin.  It was reported beforehand that if the MRI revealed a sports hernia, he’d have surgery within 48 hours.  Guess what? It did and he did. Hamilton underwent surgery in Dallas this morning.  Sports hernia surgery is not terribly major, from what I gather, and…

  18. “Deep down” Terry Francona wants to manage the Cubs

    Nov 11, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    It’s getting so damn touchy-feely in baseball these days.  Yesterday we heard about how the Phillies don’t just like, but “really like” Jonathan Papelbon (is that more than like-like? Hurm).  Today we learn that “deep down,” Terry Francona wants to manage the Cubs: For his part, Francona says he is “trying to stay under the…

  19. Venezuelan justice minister on Ramos kidnapping: “We have faith in the swift clarification in this case”

    Nov 11, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has what is the first truly encouraging words about the Wilson Ramos case so far. The upshot: it sounds like the Venezuelan government — which has been widely criticized for being ineffectual in such cases and blamed for creating the environment in which some lawlessness has been allowed to thrive, actually…

  20. Is this a pic of the Marlins new home uniforms?

    Nov 11, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    There’s no truth to the rumor that we’re changing the name of this site to MarlinsBallTalk.  It just feels that way. Anyway: the Marlins will officially unveil all of their newness — name, logo, uniforms, etc. — tonight, but David Villavicencio has snagged what looks like a sneak peak from what appears to be season…

  21. Yoenis Cespedes had a private workout for the Marlins

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The Marlins talk big about every free agent, but one guy they seem just as well-positioned to sign as anyone is Yoenis Cespedes, and as Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports, they had a private workout for the guy yesterday. “We had our top baseball people there,” [Marlins president David] Samson said. “They…

  22. Still no word from Wilson Ramos’ kidnappers

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    This is getting worrisome: Adam Kilgore reports that Wilson Ramos‘ family still hasn’t heard from the kidnappers. Now, as that expert we linked to yesterday suggested, it’s possible that they actually have been contacted and that everyone involved thinks it best to not let that information out, but man, this is not any less unsettling…

  23. Report: Jose Reyes “almost a done deal” for the Marlins

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    We knew that the Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday, but Jorge Sedano of 790 AM The Ticket in Miami tweeted last night that Reyes is “almost a done deal” in Miami. This would certainly be a major deal for the Marlins.  It would mean Hanley Ramirez would have to move, most likely to…

  24. Nolan Ryan: the Rangers are not interested in Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

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    A lot of people want to put Prince Fielder in a Texas Rangers jersey, but Nolan Ryan tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Rangers are in the Mitch Moreland business: “We truly believe Mitch’s career is ahead of him,” said Ryan. “Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Fielder or Pujols is not something our…

  25. Pete Rose may be banned, but he advises A-Rod, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    “Banned.”  You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means: Rose regularly attends games each season in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, two of the places where he played during his 23-year career, and is often introduced to players. “Then they end up texting me all the time,” Rose said. “I…

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