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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Report: Marlins offer to Pujols now ten years

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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”…

  6. 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.…

  7. The Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Dan Duquette said a little while ago that the Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder.  He was cautious about it though and told fans not to get their hopes up. I hate it when the GM takes my line. Every year the Orioles seem to fall into the same pattern with free agents. They talk to…

  8. Lawyer for abuse victims demands millions from the Red Sox

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Last month we were reminded about Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who molested and abused at least a dozen team clubhouse.  Now an attorney for two additional victims has demanded $5 million settlements from the team: Two more men are accusing a now-dead former Red Sox clubhouse manager of sexually abusing them. Boston…

  9. The Dodgers are talking long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney tweeted early this morning that the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are talking about a long term deal. It’s not serious yet — just the greetings and preliminaries — but this a signing the Dodgers need to make.  Stay out of the Prince Fielder derby if you want to, but locking up the future…

  10. The Marlins new ballpark: pitchers’ paradise?

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    I include the question mark because it’s silly to the point of folly to say with certainty how a new ballpark is gonna play before people actually start playing in it, but wow, check out the size of the outfield in the Marlins’ new ballpark. That light blue overlay shows the outfield dimensions compared to…

  11. Greetings from the 2011 Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    If it’s 7:30 AM and the only people awake are you and Ned Yost — having a cup coffee and looking deep in thought about 20 feet from me — it must be the Winter Meetings. I’m in Dallas this week, reporting, more or less, live, more or less, from the 2011 Winter Meetings.  Things…

  12. Hall of Fame voting expert: Barry Larkin makes it this year; no one else does

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    For 30 years a man named Bill Deane has been predicting the Hall of Fame vote. He has a nearly 80% success rate in getting the votes right, so that’s pretty good.  His prediction this year: Barry Larkin is the only inductee. Hard to argue with that. Larkin was close last year and a jump…

  13. UPDATE: The Marlins pursuit of Jose Reyes is not exactly going anywhere

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE:  Or maybe not.  Jayson Stark says that the Marlins have made very little headway.  So, just like, never mind. Probably a safe assumption that the Marlins, while not totally full of it given their signing of Heath Bell, happen to still be full of quite a bit of it. 4:30 PM We heard this…

  14. The Marlins have discussed Prince Fielder

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:03 PM 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

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi write today that the Marlins have “discussed Prince Fielder internally and done background work on his makeup.”  They add that “some club officials are indeed enamored of the idea” of putting Fielder in the same lineup as Mike Stanton. This is somewhat tepid, I suppose, inasmuch as it doesn’t sound…

  15. I think Aramis Ramirez and the Brewers are going to kiss

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    There were reports yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Aramis Ramirez.  Tom Haudricourt reports that the interest is mutual. He quotes Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin: “He has expressed interest in us, too. That’s something I always like to hear.” Melvin later added that he more than likes Ramirez, but he “like-likes” him. Then later…

  16. Bill Buckner could join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    The Red Sox have several coaches still on staff from Terry Francona’s tenure: hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, third base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck.  Bobby Valentine could get rid of some of them. And there are a couple of other openings.  And one of the potential candidates to…

  17. Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten teaming up to bid on the Dodgers

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Magic Johnson told Bill Plashcke of the Los Angeles Times that he’s putting together a group to buy the Dodgers. His group includes Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners.  To the extent that Major League Baseball has a say in who…

  18. Report: In 1999 Russ Davis “had more flow than Rockefeller has dough”

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mr. Plow rap

    I don’t even know what to do with this. I always sort of regretted that I quit buying baseball cards in the late 80s, but Jon Bois’ latest installment of “Sports Cards for Insane People” over at SB Nation has made me really regret it. Yes, SkyBox put out a set in 1999 in which…

  19. Wanna feel old? Ken Griffey Jr.’s kid is playing in a high school all-star football game

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A lot of things make me feel old lately. My hairline. The fact that I can’t seem to sleep plast 7:30AM no matter how late I stay up. The fact that teenagers frighten and confuse me.  Happens to everyone, I guess.  Time really does move faster for a person when they get older. But nothing…

  20. Mark Cuban is going get in on the Dodgers bidding

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Last month Mark Cuban said that he wouldn’t be interested in buying the Dodgers if the price was above one billion bucks. Most people are suggesting that the price will, in fact, be above a billion bucks.  But guess what: according to the L.A. Times, Cuban is going to get involved anyway. It’s way too…

  21. Jorge Posada wants to play for the Marlins now? OK.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jon Heyman tweeted a few minutes ago that Jorge Posada — who lives in Miami — would like to play for the Marlins. Of course yesterday Heyman said that Posada wanted to play for the Mets and actually called them. That report was shot down an hour later by Posada’s agent.  So stay tuned to…

  22. Picture Yankee Stadium on 42nd Street

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Times Square

    Fun story in the New York Post this morning about how, back in 1915, the Yankees owners were trying to sell AL President Ban Johnson on (a) convincing the other teams to give the Yankees young talent because they just couldn’t compete otherwise; and (b) helping them get some momentum behind building a new ballpark…

  23. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  24. The Astros are shopping everyone

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros are shopping Brett Myers and Carlos Lee too. The problem, of course, is that all of those dudes are owed a lot of money. Both Rodriguez and Myers are owed in excess of $10 million a year for the next couple of years. Lee…

  25. The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

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    The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to…

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