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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Dodgers are looking Kuroda, Harang, Capuano and Francis

    Nov 17, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    The Dodgers have a Cy Young Award winner in their rotation, but they’re looking to round it out with some more moderate talent.  Specifically, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports, they are wanting to sign either (a) Hiroki Kuroda; Aaron Harang; Chris Capuano; or Jeff Francis. None of them — with the…

  2. Report: Theo was the one who leaked Boston’s dirty laundry last month

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Of course you remember the Boston Globe report from last month in which the beer and fried chicken thing — not to mention Terry Francona’s divorce and pain medication issues — came to light.  Since it came out people have been saying that it was a “front office leak,” and have been blaming ownership for…

  3. The Mets’ search for investors is moving slowly

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    When David Einhorn backed out of buying into the Mets, the Mets announced that rather than finding one big sugar daddy that they’d look for multiple sugar babies instead. Investors looking to give them, say $20 million a pop.  The search for such beasts has been ongoing, but it’s not going quickly: At this point,…

  4. Brewers looking into contract extensions for Greinke, Marcum

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    greinke getty

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers expect to explore contract extensions with Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. Call it the Fielder Dividend, as Doug Melvin seems content to spread out the money that might have been used to pay for Prince, using it to lock up the pitchers who — Marcum’s postseason follies…

  5. Mystery Team Alert: Albert Pujols edition

    Nov 17, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    We know the Marlins have made an offer to Albert Pujols.  And we know that the Cardinals, obviously, are continuing to talk to him.  Both Tim Brown of Yahoo! and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say, however, that at least three teams are “actively jockeying” for El Hombre. No one knows the third team,…

  6. Look on Eddie Murray’s works, ye mighty, and despair!

    Nov 17, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Statue

    I offered my weird neurotic take on statues back in September. Short version: they creep me out because they remind me of my own mortality. Yes, I’ll take it up with my therapist at some point.  Meanwhile, in Baltimore: A club source has confirmed the Orioles will erect bronze statues of their players enshrined in…

  7. The Mets have new (old) uniforms

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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    The Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary season in 2012. Once you ignore the fact that it’s actually their 51st season you’ll actually enjoy it, I’m sure. Anyway, in honor of the occasion, the Mets have done something that a ton of Mets fans — and many non-Mets fans, myself included — have wanted them…

  8. Do the Red Sox have any idea what they’re doing in their managerial search?

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    The Red Sox seemed pretty interested in Dale Sveum for their managerial opening and now the Cubs have him. Or, will have him, assuming that he accepts their offer.  And it seems like he should because the Red Sox apparently decided against him: Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner, who met with Sveum…

  9. Koby Clemens barred from winter ball after going AWOL

    Nov 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias just tipped us off to a report from Puerto Rico about how Koby Clemens — son of Roger and property of the Houston Astros — has been barred from international play after abandoning his winter ball team, the Mayagüez Indians, last Wednesday. According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican…

  10. Actual baseball team meets with Sidney Ponson’s agent for some reason

    Nov 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Sidney Ponson

    Every year something happens in the offseason that makes me think that I can’t handle the looniness anymore. That the hot stove season has reached its nadir. After which I say that I cannot handle another weird rumor or report. When I say “not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!”…

  11. The Marlins offer to Pujols was less than $200 million

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    We heard in the wee hours this morning that the Marlins had made a nine-year offer to Albert Pujols.  Shock! Dismay! Excitement! And now we hear from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the offer was for less than $200 million.  Which means that it was almost certainly less than the $22 million a…

  12. There’s a new team called “The London Rippers” and some people have a problem with that

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jack the Ripper

    London, Ontario has a new indy league baseball team and they’re called “The London Rippers.”  The logo is of a menacing-looking man in a Victorian-era top hat and is clearly and undeniably aimed at evoking Jack The Ripper. The mayor and a lot of other people have a bit of a problem with that. Here’s the…

  13. Kirk Gibson, Joe Maddon named Managers of the Year

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Your 2011 Managers of the Year: Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon. I don’t know what to make of the Manager of the Year Award. Never have. No one has yet shown me a good way to measure the candidates against one another. It usually ends up with a “who did the most with the least”…

  14. The Dodgers sue Fox over TV rights messiness

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    There’s not a much better way to characterize this in a headline, because it is just messiness. The upshot, though: Fox has the TV rights and exclusive rights to negotiate with the Dodgers over the next TV deal until sometime next year; The Dodgers, even though they are to be sold, would like to be…

  15. Glenn Beck uses MLB’s video platfrom to spew his bile. So what?

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    45th Annual CMA Awards  - Arrivals

    I’ve been trying to avoid this — and other outlets have been talking about it already, including my compadre Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench — but the PR guy from this group keeps emailing me about it so why the heck not. The group in question is Americans United for Change* and the…

  16. Terry Francona won’t manage in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com spoke with Terry Francona, who says that he will not seek to manage in 2012 “for my benefit.” Francona interviewed with the Cardinals and said he would have liked that job, but they went with Mike Matheny. He says he’s been in contact with Theo Epstein in Chicago, but says it’s…

  17. The Orioles spoke to David Ortiz’s agent

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette confirmed to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he spoke with David Ortiz‘s agent last night.  This after it was reported that the Red Sox have made Ortiz an offer to return as their DH. This, in all likelihood, is a gambit by Ortiz to squeeze a few more bucks out of…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on the Marlins’ new colors

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is actually the quote of last Friday, but I had missed it and it’s way too awesome to pass up.  Here’s Marlins owner Jeff Loria, describing the team’s new color scheme: “We are the red-orange of the breathtaking Miami sunsets and the citrus industry; the blue of the sky and the sea; and the…

  19. Must-click link: wonderfully awful baseball cards

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    I have tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement.  I don’t think I have any as unintentionally hilarious as the ones Jon Bois highlights over at SB Nation today. Most of them were issued by local police departments and contain anti-drug messages.  I guess their heart was in the right place, but the…

  20. The Red Sox have called about Freddy Garcia

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Boston Herald says that the Red Sox, looking to get some “buy-low” starting pitching, have called Freddy Garcia‘s agent. I would presume that the Yankees have at least some degree of interest in bringing Garcia back given that he was pretty darn useful last year.  Which makes one wonder if you can really “buy-low”…

  21. No, Mike Krzyzewski, it’s not harder to win at Duke than with the New York Yankees

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Duke v Michigan State

    Last night Mike Krzyzewski became college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. Good for him. One of his postgame comments was interesting: Krzyzewski used the New York Yankees to explain how hard it is to keep a program on top because of players changing every four years, or even earlier with the NBA draft looming overhead. “We don’t have Jeter…

  22. The Cubs are talking to Mark Buehrle

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Jon Paul Morosi tweeted last night that the Cubs have had multiple conversations with Mark Buehrle. You figure that there will be umpteen teams who have at least some level of communication Buehrle so this isn’t monumental.  But at least there are a couple of cool things about this prospect of Buehrle playing in Wrigley.…

  23. Sure, J.D. Drew would listen if someone called

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew sure looked and sounded all year like someone who plans on retiring. The other day, however, Scott Boras told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that it’s possible Drew could play again: Agent Scot Boras said J.D. Drew may continue to play baseball in 2012. “I just think it depends, frankly, on the locale,…

  24. The Giants are going to try to lock up Lincecum

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Linceucm has said or suggested on a number of occasions that, while he’s happy in San Francisco, he’s content to go year-to-year through arbitration and then perhaps sign additional short term deals as his career progresses.  The Giants either don’t take him at his word, find the prospect unsettling or both, because Jon Heyman…

  25. Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    What, you were expecting someone else? Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here. Verlander…

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