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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jays, Yankees, Red Sox all checking out Russell Martin

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Buster Olney says that, contrary to reports that he’s willing to be a utility guy, Russell Martin intends to be a catcher in 2011.  He also says that the Blue Jays, Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox as possibilities and that they have all examined Martin’s medicals over the last day. Andy Martino says, however, that…

  2. Report: The Red Sox have a tentative contract extension in place for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox have a preliminary agreement to sign Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year $154 million extension. The deal probably won’t be announced until April because of the luxury tax, however. Two observations: If Gonzalez couldn’t bootstrap the Jayson Werth deal into something bigger for himself, there’s no reason to think…

  3. Michael Weiner on the Marvin Miller snub

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner perfectly sums up Marvin Miller failing to make the Hall of Fame: Marvin’s legacy is undiminished by this vote; the Hall, by contrast, once again squandered a chance to better itself as an institution. The number one topic of conversation at the Winter Meetings so far is the Jayson Werth…

  4. UPDATE: source close to Pettitte believes he’s coming back

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: I just spoke with a source close to Pettitte. The source — while acknowledging that Pettitte is somewhat unpredictable — believes that Pettitte will be playing in 2011. 3.05 P.M.: Bob Klapisch just tweeted that the Yankees “heard from a friend of Pettite’s that he’s definitely retiring.”  That word came three weeks ago, however,…

  5. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    We’ve reached the point of the Winter Meetings when the managers are made available for the media. Ozzie Guillen just got done talking and, not surprisingly, he drew a crowd. Why does he draw a crowd? Because he says stuff like this, when asked for his thoughts on the Jayson Werth contract: I wish I…

  6. Adrian Beltre wants five years, $70 million+

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    beltre with sox

    Buster Olney reports that Adrian Beltre is looking for a five-year deal worth $70 million+. Which does not seem at all unreasonable in this market, frankly.  The A’s reportedly offered the third baseman a five-years and $64 million, but he gave them the cold shoulder and they have ceased their interest. But at, I dunno,…

  7. More than zero teams are interested in Jeff Francoeur

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I put the headline that way because that’s the real news nugget here. But Jayson Stark says it could be worse: two teams, the Royals and Phillies, are apparently both interested. He says that the Royals have “picked up the pace” on Frenchie. I’m sure cooler heads will prevail, but I can’t envision a situation…

  8. James Loney is available

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have made James Loney available. There already was a glut of OK-but-nothin’-special first basemen out there, so this only adds to that. Carlos Pena? Adam LaRoche? Derrick Lee? Loney? Take your pick, bargain shoppers. That is, if there is such a thing as a bargain anymore in a…

  9. The Diamondbacks are pursuing Paul Konerko, but don’t worry White Sox fans

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX, the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a pitch for Paul Konerko. This one doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere because (a) the White Sox are scheduled to meet with Konerko today; and (b) a few minutes ago Jerry Reinsdorf said that Konerko “belongs in Chicago.” He also happens to like…

  10. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  11. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  12. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  13. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

  14. Seems like even Scott Boras was surprised at what Werth got

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Overheard this morning in the lobby at the Winter Meetings: Scott Boras didn’t even do the “thank you for your offer; let us assess it and get back with you thing” with the Nationals when they went to seven years, $126 million. It was just — bam — “where do we sign?!” That was all…

  15. Greetings from the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

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    I’ve been in Orlando for a little over 12 hours and it has already been a busier and crazier Winter Meetings than last year’s fete in Indianapolis.  For those of you who stay away from the web on the weekend, here’s what went down yesterday, with a taste of how the lobby (i.e. the hotel…

  16. Padres fans wonder: Is this the Fred McGriff trade all over again?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    There are a couple of trades that probably spring to mind for most Padres fans this morning: Summer 1993: Fred McGriff — making an outrageous $4 million a year– was sent to the Braves in exchange for Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott.  It was one of the most notorious fire sales in baseball…

  17. Report: The Red Sox and Padres are talking about an Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    We knew this was coming, it was only a matter of when:  Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox and Padres are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Edes says that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are “making headway.”  The contours of a deal would break down thusly: According to the…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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