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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Red Sox may still have a shot at Roy Oswalt

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Red Sox are on the outs with Edwin Jackson.  Roy Oswalt is sour on the Cardinals. It’s getting close to closing time. They see each other at the end of the bar, lock eyes and … A Red Sox source confirmed Wednesday that the team had not abandoned hopes of signing Oswalt, indicating that…

  2. The Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson.  He reports that there are better deals on the table from other clubs. Who knows where he’ll go at this point. If, as some are suspecting, Jackson is going to settle for a one-year deal, he may prefer…

  3. Behold: The Brian Cashman-Theo Epstein Mutual Admiration Society

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein were at the same charity event on Tuesday night and they each talked about how great it is that they’re not competing head-to-head in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry anymore. Why?  Each of them are just too awesome for the other to handle! “I was never able to totally relax because…

  4. What a surprise: Tom Brady loves the way Derek Jeter plays the game

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLVI - Media Day

    What’s more soul-killing: the lack of substantive baseball stories in the dead of winter or the proliferation of fluffy-nothing football stories a few days before the Super Bowl? Kind of an existential question. Maybe the fluff football stories are worse in some way because, really, it’s not like there isn’t a lot of substantive, legit…

  5. The Mets hope to sell ten minority shares by the end of February

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    When last we heard of the Mets’ sale of $20 million minority stakes in the team, they were allegedly close to closing on the sale of five shares.  That as early January, and as of yet, they haven’t closed.  At least as far as we know. Here’s the latest from Steven Marcus of Newsday: The…

  6. Roy Oswalt is not happy with the Cardinals’ offer

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    We’ve known that the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have been pussy-footing around one another. But now we know that Roy Oswalt does not like the Cardianls’ pussy-footing:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have not made Roy Oswalt an offer “that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient.” As Rosenthal notes, Oswalt is much to blame…

  7. Mark Teixeira is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Overlooked this in that Mark Teixeira-will-bunt-article, but … Teixeira tweeted Tuesday that he lost 14 pounds this offseason.  “I didn’t feel like I needed to, but I’m always trying to get better. I know that the older that I get, the more important nutrition is, any chance I get to make myself lighter, faster, more…

  8. In Kansas City, “your beer is going to be cooled by the sun”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    solar-panels

    But wait? How?! The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball. The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t…

  9. OK, so Mark Teixeira will bunt after all

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Yesterday I mocked the idea that the Yankees may ask their power-hitting first baseman to eschew trying to hit the ball to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field like God and Nature intended and, instead, try to square around to bunt or to slap it the other way when batting left-handed so as to…

  10. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

  11. The Astros sign Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Houston Astros have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. On a personal note, allow me to say how happy I am that he’s out of the NL East. He could be 98 years-old with an ERA of infinity and he’d still go eight innings while giving up one…

  12. Edwin Jackson is willing to accept a one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    He entered the free agent market last fall with such high expectations, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Edwin Jackson is likely to accept a one-year deal. This is somewhat surprising given that the multiple teams were reported to have three-year deals on the table. Unless those reports were a function of…

  13. Great Moments in Consistency: Mark Teixeira-against-the-shift edition

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira has had a tough time hitting left-handed. Teams are pulling the old Ted Williams shift on him, stationing everyone on the right side and daring him to keep pulling the ball.  Which he has been, to less-than-great results of late. Last August, the New York Times ran an article on this, and reported…

  14. Dirk Hayhurst to play ball in Italy this year

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    Dirk Hayhurst, author of “The Bullpen Gospels” and the upcoming “Out of my League,” is a personal favorite of mine. Yes, because of the books, but also because he lives in Ohio and I got to meet him last fall and I found that he is just as neat a guy in person as he…

  15. Ruben Amaro continues to overvalue Ryan Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Over the weekend Ruben Amaro was quoted as saying that he’d rather have Ryan Howard on his current deal than either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols on theirs. Like I said at the time, I’ll give him some latitude there because Howard is his guy and it’s not like he’s going to say bad stuff…

  16. Quote of the Day: Old Hoss Radbourn

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Old Hoss Radbourn

    Hall of Fame pitcher Old Hoss Radbourn died in 1897.  Those of you who follow the baseball rebop on Twitter, however, know that his ghost haunts social media. And despite the fact that he died 76 years before I was born, he has more than three times as many Twitter followers than me. Vexing. Anyway,…

  17. Must-click link: Derrick Hall is kicking the living crap out of prostate cancer

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    That’s not a medical diagnosis, of course. Diamondbacks’ CEO Derrick Hall is doing well. He had prostate cancer surgery a couple of months ago, is back at work and is working hard. Things are looking good. But as this wonderful, occasionally tear-jerking but ultimately and profoundly uplifting article by Steve Henson at Yahoo! shows, no…

  18. The Yankees have hired Jim Hendry

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    When he was let go from the Cubs’ GM gig late last season, I thought “well, we won’t have Jim Hendry to kick around anymore.”  Guess I was wrong, because ESPN Chicago reports that the Yankees have hired Hendry as an assistant to Brian Cashman. In all honesty, we really don’t have him to kick…

  19. Athletics’ outfielder Michael Taylor has an offseason job

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Michael Taylor

    This is pretty neat.  Not as neat as the fact that Richie Hebner used to work as a grave digger in the offseason, but neat in the sense that ballplayers never actually work real jobs anymore, so it’s cool to see one who does. It’s Michael Taylor of the Oakland A’s, who spent the offseason…

  20. The Marlins in action in their new uniforms. No Photoshop this time

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Yesterday, after I posted that Photoshopped baseball card of Jose Reyes, I was alerted to the fact that there are bona fide action photos of the Marlins — including the new Marlins — in their new uniforms.  You can see a gallery of them over at Fox Sports Florida. They came courtesy of the Miami…

  21. Is the Prince Fielder signing evidence of a “financial disconnect?”

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Introduce Prince Fielder.

    Over at ESPN, columnist LZ Granderson — a Tigers fan — wonders what Prince Fielder signing for $214 million means for a cash-strapped burg like Detroit: There is absolutely nothing wrong with Fielder’s contract. And again I am excited he is on the team and feel fortunate we have an owner who doesn’t just say…

  22. Bobby V. is not too concerned about shortstop

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Red Sox fans don’t seem to be terribly pleased with the team’s current shortstop options: Mike Aviles and Nick Punto.  But Bobby Valentine is kind of cool with it: “I’ve never seen any of the guys play except for Punto a little on television. We’ve got seven weeks together, we’ll practice together, we’ll play together, that…

  23. Skip Schumaker’s baseball card is pretty awesome

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker card

    Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but via my NBC comrade Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench, we learn that there are baseball cards way better than the Photoshopped Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols cards. Specifically, Skip Shumaker’s: That, of course, is from last season’s NLDS, when the varmint messed with Roy Oswalt…

  24. The Mariners tried to trade Michael Pineda for Brett Lawrie

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    The Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero trade was pretty cool in that we don’t see tons of young-pitcher-for-young-slugger trades that don’t involve payroll things, impending free agency or any of that.  But it could have been way cooler. Well, at least if you’re a Mariners fan. As Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports, the Blue…

  25. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez got his jaw broken in a bar fight

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates Photo Day

    As a wise man once said, “no one ever wins a fight.”  But whether you believe that or not, this is a good way to not to impress your employer: Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top catcher prospect, again got into hot water with the team when he sustained a broken jaw in a bar brawl earlier…

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