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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ruben Amaro: the Phillies want to keep Cole Hamels for a long, long time

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I just got done interviewing Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.  The interview will air on NBC SportsTalk tonight on Versus at 6PM Eastern.  In the meantime, though, I can give you the gist: Amaro said that he does not comment on rumors and thus didn’t have anything to say about the Gio Gonzalez stuff that…

  2. The Marlins introduce Jose Reyes

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes just donned the Miami Marlins jersey. He’s talking to all of us here in the media room right now. So far his comments are the usual: he’s excited, he thanks God. The Marlins showed that they wanted him and they wanted to win.  Hay Amigos? Perhaps. Perhaps. Of course the first few questions…

  3. Tim McCarver wins the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting excellence

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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    This tweet from Major League Baseball speaks for itself, so I’ll just let it speak: Tim McCarver selected as recipient of Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by [The Baseball Hall of Fame]. Fine, go ahead and say what you want to say. I’ll defend McCarver, though.  While he hasn’t…

  4. The Marlins have made their final offer to Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    pujols crouch getty

    Closing time: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Marlins have made their final offer to Albert Pujols.  There is a the prospect of an additional meeting, but if no other offer comes out of it, you’d have to think that Pujols and his agent will accept the Cards’ substantially similar offer to stay in town. Three…

  5. The Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    The New York Post reports the Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett this week at the Winter Meetings. It’s said that they’ll eat $8 million of the $33 million he’s owed. Problem with that: whoever pays the other $25 million still, you know, has to have A.J. Burnett in their rotation for the next two years.…

  6. The Cardinals have upped their offer to Pujols to $220 million

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins offer is “believed to be $200-220M, no more,” and that it is merely pennies ahead of the Cardinals offer, if that.  You’d have to think that the Marlins would have to clearly best the Cardinals’ offer to lure Pujols away. 8:57 AM: Albert Pujols‘ flirtation with the Miami Marlins…

  7. MLB issues dress code for media members

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Male model

    I suppose this applies to me too. But seriously,  this is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it’s a symbol of my individuality, and my belief … in personal freedom: Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings. The…

  8. Wait, the Phillies are interested in Gio Gonzalez?

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    From the “let’s remember that we hear all kinds of crazy things at the Winter Meetings and a lot of it is baloney” files, Ken Rosenthal says that the Phillies — the Phillies! — are among the many teams with an interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez. Because obviously the Phillies (a) need the pitching;…

  9. Greetings from Day 3 of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    In N Out

    In-N-Out in Dallas?  Who knew?  Baseball writers, that’s who. You could put them on an island in some far flung sea and they’d be able to find an In-N-Out Burger.  It’s just what they do. I felt obligated to go anyway. The lobby was getting to be too much for me last night.  The first…

  10. NBC SportsTalk: What about Jimmy Rollins and Prince Fielder

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    More from this evening’s SportsTalk show.  Whither Jimmy Rollins and Prince Fielder?

  11. NBC SportsTalk: Is Albert Pujols Miami bound?

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    At this point it looks like there could be as many as three teams making ten-year offers to Albert Pujols. Which makes me want to back to the halcyon days of, oh, three hours ago when I was on NBC SportsTalk, speculatin’ about where he might go. The sense then seemed like Miami. Still kind…

  12. The Marlins are fading on C.J. Wilson

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    7:10 p.m. EST update: SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers’ current offer out to Wilson is for four years and somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million. Heyman suggests that is Wilson has a legitimate six-year offer, he should take it. /// I just saw Ken Rosenthal out in the lobby tapping into his…

  13. While we wait to see if the Marlins land Pujols …

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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    Look, I just feel like we need to get out in front of this stuff now, OK?  So just know that you’re all on notice of the following ethical considerations: 1. Anyone who describes Albert Pujols going to Miami in terms that even remotely refer to the LeBron James situation shall be fined $200 and…

  14. The Marlins think they have Pujols in the bag

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    There’s no deal yet and as we all know, anything can happen until their is ink on paper and a fancy press conference, but David Villavicencio hears from Marlins sources that they believe they will sign Pujols. Like, they’re really confident. Obviously what we’ve been hearing for the past hour or two still holds: The…

  15. Kenny Williams: “This is the start of rebuilding”

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Kenny WIlliams

    Just after the news of the Segio Santos trade, White Sox GM Kenny Williams met with the Chicago sporting press and said words that, while expected, are nonetheless monumental for the White Sox: “This is the start of rebuilding.” Santos out the door. Mark Buehrle certain to sign elsewhere. A farm system badly in need…

  16. The BBWAA grants FanGraphs accreditation, denies SB Nation

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Press

    The Baseball Writers Association of America just had their annual meeting. At that meeting they consider new applications for membership and reconsider old ones. They just did it with Fangraphs and SB Nation: accreditation granted to the former, denied to the latter. Great news for FanGraphs. They do amazing work, of course, and I guarantee you…

  17. The Aaron Harang deal is done: two-years, $12 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers deal with Aaron Harang we were talking about yesterday is done: two-years, $12 million. Fine enough. I like Harang and I think that money is pretty reasonable for a guy who pitched 170 innings last year and looked good for most of them. But I do think it’s worth…

  18. The Red Sox are going to try to get Andrew Bailey from the A’s

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that the Red Sox “will make an attempt” on A’s closer Andrew Bailey. Interesting. The Sox are down a closer, obviously. I would assume that their interest in Bailey means that they’re afraid to give the job to Daniel Bard and aren’t sold on Bobby Jenks recovering from…

  19. Make your life easier: get the NBC SportsTalk App

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Android

    I know a ton of you use it already, but for those who don’t, you really need to improve your life and get the NBC SportsTalk app for your iPhone, iPad and/or Android device now. Like, yesterday. It looks like so: Sports Business Journal named it one of their “top 5 favorite sport apps.”  Gizmodo…

  20. Report: Marlins offer to Pujols now ten years

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    Jon Heyman tweeted early this morning that the Marlins’ offer to Albert Pujols — which we earlier heard had been sweetened — was bumped up to ten years. This, apart from being half-crazy given Pujols’ age, may not necessarily be a game-changer for the Marlins, however. Yes, a decade deal is pretty major, but as…

  21. Greetings from day two of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

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    I walked into the Hilton Anatole at 6:30 AM. I feel like I just left. Probably because I kind of did. The festivities go late at the Winter Meetings. Why I’m the only one who was both late and arrived early is an open question probably best reserved for my psychologist. As it is, I’m…

  22. The Nationals haven’t ruled out giving Bryce Harper the starting right field job next spring

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    The phrase “… haven’t ruled out” is one you really gotta take with a grain of salt. I mean, I haven’t ruled out a lot of ridiculous things, mostly because I haven’t considered them in the first place.  That said, this is still interesting to me: Likelihood: outrageously low. Harper only hit .256/.329/.395 in his…

  23. Quote of the Day: Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell is, as I speak, being introduced as a Miami Marlin.  The first question he was asked in the press conference was “why is it a good time to be a Miami Marlin?”  His answer: “New name, new stadium and we’re going to be in the city of Miami … right?” Yes, Heath. It’s…

  24. The Rays would need to be overwhelmed by any offer for B.J. Upton

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    There has been a lot of speculation about the Rays shopping B.J. Upton. He was a hot topic at the trade deadline and now, since the season has ended, many people think the Rays are willing to deal him. But maybe not that willing.  Buster Olney tweets that the Rays would have to be “overwhelmed”…

  25. Scenes from the Winter Meetings: Elephants? OK, elephants.

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Elephants

    It’s been a strange first day of the Winter Meetings for me. The Hilton Anatole here in Dallas is larger than some European countries, and getting from place to another is a major undertaking. There’s also stuff like this all over the place: There’s a matching elephant just out of the frame on the left.…

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