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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: The Dodgers and Adam Kennedy: done deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE:  The deal is done. The Dodgers have signed Kennedy to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Tuesday, 5:13 PM: Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Kennedy and the Dodgers are close to a deal. Tuesday, 3:10 PM: Feel the offseason excitement, Dodgers fans: According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Dodgers are talking…

  2. Larry King is getting in on the Dodgers bidding

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Larry King

    The list of celebrities aligning themselves with bidders for the Los Angels Dodgers keeps getting longer.  The latest? Larry King: Larry King, the longtime talk-show host who in September said that Frank McCourt “does not belong as an owner of a baseball team,” might try to do a better job himself. King has agreed to participate…

  3. The Bobby Valentine-Yankees silliness started two seconds after he accepted the job

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    bobby valentine mets hat

    Funny story from The Slanch Report.  It has an air of “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl …” to it, but I am going to assume it is true because I want it to be true. Click through for the story…

  4. Our continuing coverage of the Francoeur-Broxton hunting trip

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    broxton getty

    Yesterday we learned that part of the sales pitch to get Jonathan Broxton to come to Kansas City was a hunting trip involving Broxton, Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. Today, because I’m obsessed with this kind of thing and I’m too old to be cured of such maladies by now, I read the in-depth report…

  5. The Giants are looking to trade Ramon Ramirez or Jeremy Affeldt

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Ramirez

    Rosenthal says that the Giants are trying to trade either Ramon Ramirez or Jeremy Affeldt. He says it’s for payroll space and flexibility. Which makes one wonder why in the hell they picked up Affeldt’s $5 million option after the season was over, but I suppose that’s between Brian Sabean and his god. Ramirez would be…

  6. Some Red Sox players may not be thrilled with Bobby V.

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    From Buster Olney’s column this morning: As Valentine has emerged as a managerial candidate, some Red Sox players have been upset; they’ve been grumbling to each other, through texts and phone calls. Maybe it’s because they heard Bobby critique their play on the air. Maybe they haven’t liked his tone. Maybe they haven’t liked his…

  7. Tom Ricketts: signing Pujols or Fielder is Theo’s call

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Are the Cubs really looking at Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols? Are they just trying to drive up the price for St. Louis?  Are they looking to go big or are they going to cast out every player who isn’t nailed down and start from scratch? We’ve heard all of these things in the past…

  8. Reds GM on Brandon Phillips extension: “I think it’s still a ways to go”

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday Brandon Phillips took to Twitter to suggest that negotiations with the Reds over a long term deal were progressing. Reds GM Walt Jocketty — while hopeful himself — walked that back a bit last night: When reached for comment, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t believe a deal was near. “I think it’s still a…

  9. Bobby Valentine can handle Boston. Can Boston handle him?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    Bobby Valentine in Boston. I’ve seen a lot of people getting a bit worked up by all of this, but I’m having trouble seeing what the big deal is. He’s a bright guy. He’s had success. Especially in tough situations such as in New York and in the higher-pressure-than-anyone-ever-acknowledges world of Japanese baseball. Indeed, to…

  10. The Giants are going to bring back an old road jersey

    Nov 29, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Bonds Clark

    The website Sportslogos.net hears “from a reliable source” that the Giants are going to bring back their old interlocking “SF” road jerseys as a road alternate next season.  It’s supposed to be a slight update of this number: Eh.  I’m kind of partial to their current look with the block “San Francisco” on it.  But…

  11. Dmitri Young was in the best shape of his life but got released by his Venezuelan team anyway

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young AP

    I was so excited last month when we got a Dmitri Young sighting. Not only was he playing baseball and talking comeback, but he was … in the best shape of his life. Sadly, the party seems to be over. Via the translation services of our friend Nick Collias comes a report from Ignacio Serrano of…

  12. The Giants extend the contracts of Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    Yes, I know that pic is old. And that Brian Sabean appears to be holding a Motorola flip phone in his hand. I use it, however, because (a) it’s awesome; and (b) it underscores just how long that dude has been in charge of the Giants. And it will be a little longer now, because…

  13. Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer,…

  14. David Ortiz wants a three-year deal

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Look, I know people declared David Ortiz dead in parts of 2009 and 2010 and that he came roaring back every time. And I know that he had a great 2011.  But really, this seems kind of crazy to me:  Ortiz is looking for a three-year deal. He’s 36. He’s one-dimensional. It’s a great dimension,…

  15. Yes, the Mariners are going after Prince Fielder

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik confirmed to MLB.com today that the M’s are, indeed, going to make a play for Prince Fielder. With all requisite caution, of course: “There’s no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said the M’s general manager, “but where is your limitation and threshold? We’ll go…

  16. Three Royals go hunting: a play in one act

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This morning, in connection with the news that Jonathan Broxton signed with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick noted that “Fellow GA native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost.” That created quite a picture in my head. I chuckled at that picture for a…

  17. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

  18. Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal. A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell…

  19. Willful Ignorance Theater: Red Sox managerial search edition

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The Sox really need to hire a manager. If they don’t, we’re just going to see more columns in which people perpetuate the curious notion that in baseball, unlike any other field of endeavor, it is somehow not embarrassing to ignore advances in the field: People sometimes ask my opinion of sabermetrics. I tell them I accept the…

  20. Curtis Granderson is happy with the new HGH test

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test. Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may…

  21. The Cubs are entering the Pujols-Fielder sweepstakes

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    There was some question as to whether they’d get involved in big free agent game hunting, but according to Ken Rosenthal they are: the Cubs are pursuing both Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. Well, either/or. They wouldn’t sign both of them because that would be silly. I think the why of it is more interesting…

  22. Tim Hudson had back surgery

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had a wonky back late in the season and had hoped to avoid surgery. He didn’t, however, and today had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery — like all surgery on athletes — was reported as “successful.” One day, heaven forbid, they’re going to report someone’s surgery as “a…

  23. The latest round of Dodgers-Fox bickering

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    If anyone either (a) needs a sleep aid; and/or (b) wants to know how lawyers can make even the most run-of-the-mill disputes seem like battles between evil and righteousness, check out Bill Shaikin’s latest report about the machinations between the Dodgers and Fox over the team’s post-2012 TV rights. Not that the report itself is…

  24. The Cardinals are not willing to raise their offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals are unwilling to raise their offer to Albert Pujols from the $200-210 million over nine years that has been on the table for some time. This is what happens, of course, when no one else is really bidding on your target.  So far the only other offer anyone knows…

  25. Yu Darvish’s posting may be delayed by his divorce

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    There has been no small amount of skepticism as to whether Yu Darvish would actually be posted to play in the United States for 2012.  The reasons for this were kind of vague, but we have a better sense of it now.  Seems he’s getting divorced from his actress wife. This matters because Darvish only…

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