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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things…

  2. Great Moments in unnecessary advice

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago: [Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in…

  3. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    This is why Mets fans — at least right-thinking ones — are happy that Sandy Alderson got the gig. He told David Lennon of Newsday today that Jenrry Mejia will not start the 2011 season in the Mets’ bullpen. Alderson said “we don’t want him in our bullpen this year. Our goal is not to…

  4. Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year extension with the Reds

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    The Reds recently exercised Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. It has now been torn up and replaced by a three-year extension worth $35 million reports Ken Rosenthal. Arroyo once looked like he’d be a free agent this winter, what with a contract that seemed overpriced on a non-contender. But then a funny thing…

  5. Kenny Williams: Dunn, Pierzynski deals back loaded; Paul Konerko next

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Kenny Williams spoke with reporters today to officially announce the signings of Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski. He mentioned that those deals were back loaded, so as to allow the Sox to pursue Paul Konerko. The Sox are expected to meet with Konerko next week.  Inasmuch as it seems like Kenny Williams has been given…

  6. The Padres hire Josh Byrnes

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    Fired Arizona Diamondbacks are the new inefficiency. A couple months after hiring former Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch, the Padres have hired his old boss, Josh Byrnes, to be the senior vice president of baseball operations.  There he’ll answer to Jed Hoyer, with whom Byrnes used to work in Boston. When last we heard from Byrnes…

  7. The Brewers trade Carlos Villanueva to Toronto

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not a  lot of detail on this one yet, but the Brewers have traded righty reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Villanueva pitched in 50 games last year, posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out 67 guys in 52 innings. He allows quite a few base runners,…

  8. The Sox offered Mariano Rivera two years and $30 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    rivera in delivery

    I was skeptical about the Red Sox making a serious offer to Mariano Rivera, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that it was legit: a two-year deal at $15 million per.  If Mo had accepted it, the Sox would have non-tendered Jonathan Papelbon. I had made a comment this morning asking why the Sox…

  9. Photo of the Day: Brian Cashman rappelled down that building

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Or, based on the headband, it may have been Brett Michaels. Possibly Andre Agassi.

  10. Magglio Ordonez is probably re-signing with the Tigers

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    I took a whole lot of Spanish in high school and college, and got to the point at the end of my freshman year where I was even starting to think in Spanish. Everyone told me that what I needed to do at that point was spend the summer in an immersion program in Mexico…

  11. Ryan Zimmerman is not happy the Nats lost Dunn

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Here’s Nats’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reflecting on Adam Dunn going to the Chisox: “Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn’t want to resign him, it’s frustrating for us as players. We’re not in the front office. We don’t make the decisions, and we don’t…

  12. My annual musing about Scott Boras’ conflicts of interest

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    This comes up every winter and I don’t feel like we ever get to the bottom of the issue. Probably because it’s boring to most people, but I still think it’s important. Query: Does Scott Boras’ status as the Alpha Agent create a conflict of interest? He represents Adrian Beltre. He represents Jayson Werth. Both…

  13. The Hall of Fame Ballot to end all arguments

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    blyleven

    This Hall of Fame ballot, organized by category, perfectly encapsulates my thinking on the eligible players.  Really, I could probably avoid writing the three dozen Hall of Fame posts I plan on doing this winter simply by linking to this thing each time a guy’s name comes up.  I won’t, but I could. Wezen-Ball does…

  14. Buster Olney thinks Jeter will sign today

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    There’s not much else to that, but in today’s column, Olney says of the Yankees and Jeter “I’ll bet they reach an agreement today.” Buster isn’t one for bold predictions, so I wonder if he has some intelligence. Gosh, I hope not. I fell like I have a couple dozen more Derek Jeter posts in…

  15. HBT will be at the Winter Meetings next week

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Disney World

    Peter Gammons was interviewed about hot stove stuff and he was asked about what happens at the Winter Meetings: It’s a lot of lobby wandering. You got everybody there and it’s fun. You see Alderson go into an elevator with (Cubs general manager) Jim Hendry and all of a sudden you start working to see…

  16. The Diamondbacks agree to a contract with Zach Duke

    Dec 3, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Zach Duke throwing

    Lost in all of the midnight non-tender deadline stuff was the fact that the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Zach Duke, who they acquired from Pittsburgh last week.  If they couldn’t do a deal, the Dbacks were going to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration. The contract: $4.25 million. In like,…

  17. Adrian Beltre: “If everything was close to the same, I would go back to Boston”

    Dec 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    beltre batting

    I can’t recall a free agent ever saying “oh, screw that town. Man, I hate it. I’d scrub toilets for a living before playing there,” but I still think it’s somewhat notable when a player praises a potential destination. Like Adrian Beltre did yesterday regarding Boston: “I got used to seeing that park full in…

  18. The Yankees are talking to Carl Crawford

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    I’ve been skeptical of any real Yankee interest in Carl Crawford because (a) their outfield seems quite nice as currently-constructed; and (b) even if we scoff at the Yankees “budget,” they do claim to have one and it’s hard to see how Crawford would fit in it if they’re also going to extend Jeter, re-sign…

  19. Would you believe that the Red Sox bid for Mariano Rivera?

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    rivera1

    The reports of Mariano Rivera’s signing last night were accompanied by brief asides that he turned down other offers from other teams.  So who were they? Jon Heyman is the only one I’ve seen naming names.  He says the Angels and — get this — the Red Sox were involved. Heyman says they each offered…

  20. Ron Santo 1940-2010

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    Ron Santo

    Awful news: Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo has died at age 70. Santo had been battling bladder cancer, lapsed into a coma on Wednesday and died yesterday. Ron Santo was one of the most productive and consistent players of the 1960s and early 70s.  Because of the low overall offensive profile of the era, however,…

  21. Yankees, Dodgers discussed — then nixed — a Russell Martin trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that the Yankees and Dodgers had serious discussions about a Russell Martin-for-Francisco Cervelli trade last night.  It got to the point where the teams were exchanging medical information and everything, but it fell through.  It’s unclear if Martin’s health — he’s had issues with his hip…

  22. The White Sox may get Adam Dunn AND Paul Konerko

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Adam Dunn is all but done. And talk about changing the balance of power, here’s the latest tweet from Joe Cowley: Several Sox players are under the belief that not only is Dunn done deal, but PK [Paul Konerko] is close. Seems the demise of JR’s checkbook is exaggerated I have no idea if a…

  23. The White Sox, Adam Dunn on the verge of a four-year, $56 million deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    UPDATE:  The Los Angeles Times reports that the deal between the White Sox and Dunn has been struck: four-years, $56 million, pending a physical.  Wow. What’s more: there are strong indications that the Sox will bring back Paul Konerko too.  We’ll have an update on that shortly. 4:47 PM: Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says…

  24. The Yankees sweeten their offer to Jeter. Of course, this is all theater.

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You can almost hear the stage manager barking out directions on this one: “OK, now Jeter: you let the Yankees come to your home, showing that you are due respect … and now you Yankees; you alert multiple members of the media that you are increasing your offer.  Don’t say how much! That will blow…

  25. Jason Varitek is close to returning to Boston on a one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    varitek

    Face it Boston fans: Jason Varitek is going to be playing for the Sox until your grandkids have grandkids.  Peter Gammons just reported that the Sox is about to sign a $2 million contract. You have to think that this means that Saltalamacchia is the starter and Varitek the backup, right? Of course that’s the…

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