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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Nolan Ryan: talks with Prince Fielder are “very preliminary”

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    The Rangers met with Prince Fielder yesterday.  Exciting!  Maybe not too exciting, though.  “Keep your shirt on,” Nolan Ryan says: Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan describes the team’s discussions with free agent slugger Prince Fielder as “very preliminary” … During a question-and-answer session with fans at the team’s annual winter FanFest, Ryan said the meeting Friday…

  2. R.A. Dickey has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Kilimanjaro

    As we mentioned last week, R.A. Dickey (and Kevin Slowey, but no one seems to want to mention him) has been chronicling his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro for the New York Times.  He has just put up another installment. This one is important. He has reached the peak. Doing so wasn’t easy. As the climb…

  3. The Yankees vault is impressive

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    No, not the financial vault, which I’m sure is impressive too. But the information vault, which Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes kept any hint of the Pineda/Montero deal or the Hirkoi Kuroda signing from leaking out until after they were already done: I’ll close with this: it never ceases to amaze me how…

  4. And now a fairly disturbing picture of Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson

    Jan 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    With Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano around life is gonna be kind of crazy for the Miami Marlins this season. And that’s before considering that Hanley Ramirez may pout about playing third base at some point too. Thank goodness, then, that the Fish will have Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson around to keep things civilized.…

  5. The Royals sign Kevin Kouzmanoff

    Jan 14, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Not a big signing, but hey, it’s somethin’ to talk about: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Kansas City Royals have signed Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league deal. It includes an invitation to the big league camp. As is often the case with veterans like him on minor league deals, he has an opt-out if he’s…

  6. Reminder: Old Time Family Baseball’s charity blogathon is going on right now

    Jan 14, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

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    I mentioned this the other day, but allow me to remind you: Michael Clair, the proprietor of Old Time Family Baseball, is currently doing a blogathon to benefit Doctors Without Borders. He’s posting every half hour for 24 hours, tracking his coffee intake and mental status (currently: “sane”) and is monitoring his fear of an Internet outage. After he’s…

  7. Joe Torre’s MLB job “informally offered” to Tony La Russa

    Jan 14, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    When Joe Torre stepped down as Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations a couple of weeks ago, I said this, based on nothing other than me speculatin’ on a hypothesis: If baseball is smart they’d give the job to Kim Ng full time because someone needs to break up the boys club. But if they don’t…

  8. Jim Thome is going to play more first base than expected

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Third baseman Jim Thome

    Even I can’t distort this quote from Ruben Amaro into a full-blown Best Shape of His Life post, but it’s close — more of a “best shape of the decade” thing — and it is notable all the same.  From Jon Paul Morosi: “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said.…

  9. Carlos Pena is on the Yankees’ radar

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fact: the Yankees have a radar. It’s a bistatic radar, adapted from Soviet-era surface-to-air missile systems.  Most teams are still using monostatic radar making them far less lethal forces than are the Yankees. It’s a little known fact but one we baseball insiders are all hip to. Stick with me and I’ll drop all kinds…

  10. Where will Jesus Montero play for the Mariners?

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Still reeling from that trade last night. Unlike some deals that are rumored for several hours or days, this one sprung from the head of Zeus, fully-formed, in almost no time.  And also unlike so many other deals this didn’t involve a salary dump. The M’s had a stud pitcher and needed a bat. The…

  11. The Red Sox offered Jason Varitek a minor league deal. Maybe.

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox don’t need Jason Varitek. They have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach.  Meanwhile, Varitek has had no known interest from any other team.  Things look grim for his future. But the Red Sox are at least offering him a temporary lifeline: Jon Heyman reports that they’ve offered a minor league deal with a spring…

  12. Hanley Ramirez is warming to the idea of playing third

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez didn’t take too well to the Marlins telling him he was moving to third base in the wake of the Jose Reyes signing.  But Jon Paul Morosi reports that “a friend of Hanley Ramirez” says Ramirez is “warming up” to the idea of playing third.  Two questions: Where does Morosi meet “a friend…

  13. A position-by-position breakdown of the best players not in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Over at Baseball Prospectus Jay Jaffe runs down the best players not in the Hall of Fame by position. At least the first half of them (this is the first part of a series). It’s a maddening list so far. Not so much for the first name listed — in  many cases they are players…

  14. The prices fall on Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda, Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The top three starting pitchers left on the free agent market are finding it tough going.  And Buster Olney reports that Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt have all lowered their asking price: The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson.…

  15. A deeper look at the holdup on approving Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the assembled owners put the vote to approve Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner on hold.  Today Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on that. Specifically, that there are concerns about team finances and debt limit considerations: Selig declined to specify what questions Moorad’s group must resolve, but he said concerns…

  16. Rays, Maddon closing in on an extension

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    As we passed along yesterday, the Rays and Joe Maddon are talking contract extension.  Marc Topkin updates that report this morning, telling us that they are getting really close and that an announcement could happen at any time. Maddon has led the Rays to the playoffs in the AL East three out of the last…

  17. Must-Click Link: The definitive Jack Morris column

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I know you all are tied of Jack Morris stuff. The arguments and all of that.  But I implore you — strongly — to make room in your day for this Baseball Prospectus post from John Bernhardt.  It’s long — like, really long — but it’s worth it. It’s worth it for two reasons. First, as…

  18. Hofstra University to hold a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mets

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Fifty years for the Mets? Guess their tenure is the only thing golden about them. Still, this is kind of neat: April 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets, one of the most popular and culturally significant baseball franchises. On Thursday through Sunday, April 26-28, 2012, Hofstra University will host a…

  19. The Orioles are, obviously, interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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    A Johnny Damon signing would be one of the most Orioles moves in recent years. And now Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles “appear to have some interest” in him. Not that signing Damon would be a bad thing. He hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 19 steals last year and was actually hampered by his…

  20. Adam Jones trade rumors are intensifying

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    From Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com:  I heard last night that trade talks involving Jones are intensifying again. There are no specifics there. The Braves had interest last month, but they just weren’t able to match up with the O’s. Kubatko tried to ask Jones about his openness to a possible extension from the Orioles, but Jones…

  21. Yoenis Cespedes playing winter ball for some reason

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Yoenis Cespedes has a bit of mystery about him.  Gaudy numbers from Cuba. Far more limited footage and scouting of him freely available than of most hot properties. In spite of that — or perhaps because of it — he’s set to become a free agent and get himself a contract in the $50-60 million range…

  22. The Rangers have “made inquiries” about Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    I swear, someone decided this winter that we’re going to talk about Roy Oswalt like he’s a 17 year-old girl in the 1950s.  First people were “eyeing” him.  Now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have “made inquiries.” Gee, I hope they talk to Roy’s father first and declare their intentions.…

  23. Dmitri Young no longer eats like a viking

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen a couple of stories about Dmitri Young’s dramatic weight loss and desire to come back and play in the majors again.  Jerry Crasnick’s is the most in-depth so far, however, and it’s hard not to want to root for Young after reading it. Plus it has fun stuff like this: “I’m not eating…

  24. J.C. Romero settles his lawsuit against supplement manufacturer

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero was suspended for 50 games in 2009 following a positive drug test in 2008.  He claimed at the time that the supplement he was taking — which he purchased at a GNC store — was tainted.  And he sued the supplement’s manufacturer and distributor.  The New York Daily News reports that he has…

  25. The Cubs join the 21st Century, form a partnership with Bloomberg Sports

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has a story up that will warm the hearts of analytically-minded Cubs fans: Bloomberg Sports, a leader in analytics, announced a partnership with the team on Thursday to design a new player-evaluation system for the baseball operations department. It will include video and a statistical database and have mobile capabilities. It…

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