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Craig Calcaterra

  1. What can Major League Baseball do about ballplayer security in Venezuela?

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have issued a joint statement regarding the Wilson Ramos kidnapping: “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball…

  2. UPDATE: Wilson Ramos confirmed to still be alive

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    UPDATE:  Ben Goessling reports that Venezuelan authorities have confirmed that Wilson Ramos is still alive. This is not unexpected as kidnapping in Venezuela has traditionally been a financial affair so it’s not necessarily reasonable to expect any harm to come to Ramos.  That said: when you kick off a serious crime anything can happen, so…

  3. The Dodgers are not going to be able to bid on big free agents

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    There has been some chatter that the Dodgers, despite their current limbo, would be able to nonetheless be able to bid on big free agents like Prince Fielder. The Rangers, after all, were able to take on Cliff Lee‘s salary when they were awaiting a bankruptcy auction, and the thinking then was that, short term…

  4. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to be posted

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Aoki

    Jon Heyman reports that Norichika Aoki, an outfielder for the Yakult Swallows, will be posted and made available for the majors. Aoki is almost 30.  He hits for average — cracked 20 homers once, but usually hovers around 15 — who turns 30 in January. He has a .329 lifetime batting average and has won the…

  5. Mike Quade to interview for the Twins Triple-A job

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    The Peter Principle states that  “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” That means that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. Most of us shoulda kept our last job, basically. You’ll see this in action if NBC ever decides to give me my own…

  6. The Rockies and Braves are talking about Martin Prado

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Prado_Martin

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that the Rockies are talking to the Braves about Martin Prado. The idea, Renck says, would be to put Prado in at second base full time, which is something he can’t do in Atlanta anymore now that Dan Uggla is around.  The Rockies may be a good match…

  7. The Yankees spoke with Edwin Jackson’s agent

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Missed this the other day, but since it’s “collect every tenuous rumor” season around here, may as well add it to the pile:  the Yankees met with Edwin Jackson’s agent the other day for “preliminary discussions.” Not too interesting in and of itself. The Yankees need pitching so they’re obviously going to talk to tons…

  8. Still no contact from Wilson Ramos’ kidnappers

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    If you missed the absolutely stunning news last night, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Venezuela.  The details, such as we currently have them, can all be read over in our original thread. Obviously we’ll continue to update this story as we learn new things today, but for now…

  9. The Marlins are interested in Carlos Beltran

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    The Marlins season ticket sales push — er, I mean, their efforts to improve their team — continue as they have now been linked to yet another top free agent:  Carlos Beltran. That comes via a report from Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who says the Marlins have expressed interest in Carlos Beltran.  It’s a passing…

  10. Progress being made in labor negotiations; deal could be done this week

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Jayson Stark and others are hearing this afternoon that some serious progress has been made in labor negotiations over the new collective bargaining agreement. There’s a decent chance that a deal could be done this week, in fact, though Stark has other sources telling him that’s a 50/50 proposition. Of course, my counterparts at ProBasketballTalk…

  11. Yoenis Cespedes is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    It’s never too early to start my favorite offseason cliche. And today we have once from a guy who may be in the best shape of ten people’s lives: Yoenis Cespedes.  From Kevin Goldstein’s latest over at Baseball Prospectus, here’s the money quote from Cespedes’ advisor, Edgar Mercedes: “We wanted to show that he’s left…

  12. The Yu Darvish scouting report

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Because it’s getting old to simply spout off the same old cliches about Japanese pitchers’ ability to make it in the United States, it’s a good time to look at an actual Yu Darvish scouting report. There’s one over at ProjectProspect.com today for your viewing pleasure. The big takeaway: we probably need to stop lumping…

  13. Marlins President David Samson: we’re gonna be drawing 30,000-35,000 every night

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    Gator bait, courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark Maybe the novelty of the new park will change the game. And of course if the Feesh do go on a big spending spree and land some free agents there…

  14. No Hay Amigo! Jose Reyes apparently sang his free agent intentions last summer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    I have no idea how I missed this, but Kevin Kernan of the New York Post notes today that Jose Reyes put a song and music video out over the summer in which, according to Kernan anyway, Reyes’ decision to do the Mets no favors in free agency was made clear: In his song and…

  15. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  16. The Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a short but lucrative contract

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    John Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Marlins plan to offer Jose Reyes a three-year contract with a high annual salary. Like, north of $20 million a year. That’s way shorter than your typical high-end free agent normally wants to sign, but give the Marlins points for creativity. And maybe…

  17. Roger Clemens trying to get his legal expenses paid for by the feds

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Roger Clemens is still going to go on trial for perjury eventually, and he could be in big trouble and maybe do time and all of that. But if you have to be a criminal defendant. there are positions to be in that are way worse than watching the prosecutors have to explain to the…

  18. Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season. It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of…

  19. Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall has successful prostate cancer surgery

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He had surgery today.  The team announced that it was successful and that the cancer had not spread. Good news on a day otherwise full of weird and awful news all over the place.

  20. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  21. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  22. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  23. The Cardinals will interview Terry Francona today

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    WEEI reports that Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial job today. The club wants to have someone in place next week. From afar Francona seems like such a good fit. He’s been expected to win-now for most of the past decade, so going to a win-now job — this one without clubhouse crankiness…

  24. The Nats are making a “major push” for Roy Oswalt

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    It seems that pitching is on everyone’s mind in the early offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are planning a “major push” for Roy Oswalt. Oswalt makes a lot of sense for the Nationals. He’d be a much heavier rotation anchor than he might be for other teams, relatively speaking. Could be a financial…

  25. The Cubs are following in the Red Sox’ footsteps

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    We know they’ve hired Theo Epstein and are looking at the same managerial candidates, but one other way in which the Cubs are aping the Red Sox is in their approach to their historic old ballpark:  they wanna make it a cash cow. We’ve talked about that a lot over the past couple of years,…

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