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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Yu Darvish winner will be announced tonight

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    The Nippon-Ham Fighters will announce the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes Tuesday morning, Japan time, which means we’ll know who gets the chance to negotiate with him tonight. It was reported on Friday that the Blue Jays are the likely top bidders.  We’ll see. The fact that it has not been confirmed by a…

  2. The Dbacks sign Jason Kubel

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    kubel getty wide

    The Twins have been trying to keep him. The Reds talked to him. But the Dbacks got him: Jason Kubel is heading to Arizona. Tom Krasovic was the first to report Kubel signing with the Diamondbacks. The exact terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but it’s two years and an option year per Rosenthal.…

  3. Meanwhile, in an alternate universe where the Barry Bonds prosecution was “a triumph” for the prosecution

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    ESPN’s legal expert Lester Munson has been in love with the Barry Bonds prosecution for several years now. Specifically, the Barry Bonds prosecutors as well as the feds behind the BALCO investigation. And it has led to some pretty wacky analysis of that case on his part. He was wildly incorrect about earlier evidentiary rulings.…

  4. Jason Michaels signs with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Michaels_Jason

    Heard this: the Washington Nationals signed Jason Michaels to a minor league deal. He hit .199/.256/.295 last year and then had hand surgery. If he makes the Nats he’ll be a reserve outfielder. I wouldn’t hold my breath on him making the Nats. OK, I’m gonna cop to writing this out of desperation. There has been…

  5. Barry Bonds gets 30 days house arrest, two years probation; sentence stayed pending appeal

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term. In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she…

  6. The Cards are “realizing traction” on Carlos Beltran

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    I think “realizing traction” is a new hot stove expression, but I kinda like it.  Before we had “kicking the tires” and “in discussion,” but then it jumped straight to “nearing a deal” and “are close.”  We really had nothing for that middle period when kicked tire-induced discussions were merely making some progress. Yes, I…

  7. Dale Sveum: The Cubs haven’t talked to Prince Fielder at all

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    fielder getty

    We’ve reached the time of the offseason where no one really knows anything, some of the people who claim to are lying and you may as well just hit refresh every 20 minutes for another contradictory report. Not gonna say I don’t like that a little bit. Not gonna lie to you. Anyway, Prince Fielder…

  8. The Orioles have shaken up their scouting department

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    orioles logo

    Ken Rosenthal reports that new Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette has basically dissolved the Orioles’ professional scouting department, reassigning the pro scouts to the amateur side: “As you get more video and statistical analysis on a player, the longer they’re in professional baseball, it’s not as vital to have them seen by eyes, professional eyes,” Duquette…

  9. La Russa: Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing with the Angels

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    pujols getty presser

    Here’s an empathy test for you, Cardinals fans: Tony La Russa says that Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing his deal with the Angels last week: La Russa said Pujols has been “in pain” since he accepted the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-year, $254-million offer. “I know it was a painful decision and it pains…

  10. Barry Bonds to be sentenced today

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds finds out the penalty for minor hemming and hawing today, as he will be sentenced in U.S. Federal court for his April conviction. Most likely: probation in the form of house arrest. I’m assuming his house is pretty nice, though.  But that’s what other athletes in the BALCO case have gotten for single-count…

  11. The Rockies expect to sign Micheal Cuddyer

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Michael Cuddyer‘s curious reluctance to sign either one of what seem like two more-than-fair offer from the Rockies or Twins appears to be at an end. Troy Renck reports that the Rockies expect to strike a deal with Cuddyer, possibly as soon as today. The offer on the table — which the Rockies say isn’t…

  12. Did Fred Wilpon ask Bud Selig to get him out of the sale to David Einhorn?

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

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

    This is fun.  Howard Megdal has a book coming out about the Wilpons and the Mets, and it contains a pretty juicy claim. The claim: that Fred Wilpon asked Bud Selig to put the kibosh on the deal he made to sell a stake of the Mets to David Einhorn because he was afraid of…

  13. Report: The Blue Jays are the high bidders for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    As we noted last night, nothing will be official until next week, but the New York Post is reporting that the Blue Jays have made the highest bid for negotiating rights for Japanese sensation Yu Darvish. The Post reports that “according to several sources with knowledge of the situation,” the Blue Jays owner, Rogers Communications,…

  14. Quote of the Day: Jason Isbell on why indie rockers like baseball

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jason Isbell

    Dave O’Brien, baseball writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is a big indie rock fan. Jason Isbell, former guitarist for Drive-By Truckers and current leader of the band the 400 Unit is a huge Braves fan.  So it makes sense that O’Brien interviewed Isbell. And the interview is great, both for baseball and music purposes. One…

  15. The Cubs have purchased some land

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs have paid $20 million for a one acre parcel of land across from Wrigley Field.  The purpose: to use it, eventually, for “a mixed use entertainment” project.  Which is term you hear a lot on real estate circles, but which I always equate with “arcade/go-karts” because people my age once thought of that…

  16. What is and what is not reasonable to assume

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man wonders what should be done about those of whom we are suspicious, but for whom we have no evidence about their possible misdeeds.  As a baseball writer, TCM has decided that he shall follow the example of his peers in the industry: This led The Common Man…

  17. MLB, MLBPA form a committee to talk about an international draft

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Globe

    One of the things the owners wanted in this latest CBA but didn’t get was an international draft.  The logistics of it just seemed really difficult, though, and ultimately they settled for a cap on signing bonuses for international free agents. The sports business people are reporting this morning, however, that the league and the…

  18. Sounds like the Red Sox would like Jason Varitek to take a job with the team

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    There was that little report yesterday about how the Red Sox are still thinking of keeping Jason Varitek. Which makes no baseball sense because they already have two catchers who are better than Jason Varitek. Today Ben Cherington went on WEEI and expounded on that a bit, saying that they want to keep Varitek “in…

  19. Arte Moreno: “Dumb owner of the year?” Um, no.

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Repoz at Baseball Think Factory is a renaissance man. In addition to being able to drop references to things no one has thought of since the Ford administration, he (a) has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ass Ponys back catalog (I think he has “Mr. Superlove” on vinyl); and (b) manages to find all of the loony…

  20. Mark Melancon is not enough: the Sox are still looking for relievers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    The Red Sox traded for Mark Melancon this week, but Buster Olney reports that they’re not done with the pen. In fact, they’re still pursuing other relievers, including Andrew Bailey of the Athletics. No word on Ryan Madson or Darren Oliver, but those are other names that have been discussed. Makes sense. If last year…

  21. The Rangers are discussing a five-year extension for Derek Holland

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Evan Grant reports that the Rangers are in discussions for a long term deal, thought to be for five years, for Derek Holland. Holland is already team-controlled through 2015, but after next season he would become arbitration eligible and a guy with his win totals would probably stand to make a pretty penny through arbitration…

  22. Sport has not lost its innocence. It never had it to begin with.

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    ryan braun wide getty

    Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times is around 60 years-old but it was just last Saturday that he lost his innocence. At least that’s what I’m taking from his column today.  Because if you take it at face value it says that after nearly 40 years of writing and reporting, the the Ryan Braun drug thing is…

  23. The Yu Darvish bidding ends at 5PM

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    darvish getty wide

    You still have about a half hour to get your bids in for Yu Darvish. Bidding for the right to negotiate with the best thing to come out of Japan since … man, I dunno, lots of cool things come from Japan … ends at 5PM Eastern today. As of now it’s thought that the…

  24. The Nationals are interested in Mike Cameron

    Dec 14, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    When last we heard about Mike Cameron he was being released by the Marlins after having a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant. Based on that — and based on the fact that he hit .203/.285/.359 last year, I figured we had seen the last of him. Guess not: the Nationals are looking at him…

  25. The Orioles and Braves have discussed Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    File this under “stuff that would be interesting if the Orioles had anything the Braves wanted,” but Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Orioles and the Braves have had discussions about a trade involving Martin Prado and/or Jair Jurrjens. As a Braves fan I’m not opposed to seeing Jurrjens moved. I worry about his health…

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