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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Eric Hinske signs with the Braves

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske had been courted by both the Brewers and the Braves, but he has decided to stick with Atlanta. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports that he’s getting a one-year deal with an option. No word on the bucks yet, but Mark Bowman had previously reported that the offer from Atlanta was for around…

  2. Pat Burrell’s deal: $1 million plus incentives

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added  incentives. I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on…

  3. And now for a wildly implausible Adrian Beltre rumor

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Hold your nose for this one: Jayson Stark is reporting that “officials of two clubs monitoring Adrian Beltre’s negotiations” believe that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Oakland A’s quickly, possibly as soon as today.  Why the rush?  Well, there’s an offer out there, see, and the A’s have two other third baseman in Kevin…

  4. Lots of baseball players take ADD drugs

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adderall

    Baseball’s annual drug report came out yesterday and the results are not terribly surprising: 3,714 drug tests and 17 positives, only two of which were for PEDs used by Edinson Volquez and Ronny Paulino. The other positives were stimulants and recreational drugs. These test results will lead to predictable statements from the predictable parties: Major…

  5. Jim Leyritz to be sentenced today

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    A jury found Jim Leyritz guilty of  drunk driving last month, but he was acquitted of manslaughter. Today Leyrtiz gets sentenced. He faces a maximum of six months in prison. Two things I wonder about: Normally someone who just gets a drunk driving conviction with Leyritz’s record won’t actually do six months of time. I…

  6. Brian Shouse retires. And it’s more significant than it seems

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Relief pitcher Brian Shouse, most recently of the Rays, has decided to retire.  Normally I’d skip over something minor like this, but Shouse’s career arc has a certain beauty to it. Shouse was drafted by the Pirates in 1990. That’s when being drafted by the Pirates was a good thing.  In his first 12 years…

  7. The Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within the AL Central. Which is stupid.

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within their division. You hear about teams being loathe to do this fairly often. And I get it when you’re talking about two teams who are in direct, current contention for the title like the Yankees and Rays or something. But I can’t see why…

  8. Major League Baseball continues to keep the Athletics in limbo

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    We’re pushing two years since baseball said it was “studying” the issue of where the Athletics should play.  Could they find a way around the Giants’ territorial rights in San Jose? Is Oakland, in fact, a viable home for the A’s going forward?  We don’t know!  Because apparently doing some basic economic studies, looking at…

  9. The Rockies offer to Berkman was low

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    While there was some hubub on the Rockies-Lance Berkman front last night, and while Troy Renck of the Denver Post is saying that Colorado has a “real shot,” Ken Rosenthal reports that, in fact, their offer to Berkman was low. I think Berkman is going to do well this year. People seem to be sleeping…

  10. The State of Illinois will not pay for Wrigley Field renovations

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Good news: the Ricketts’ shameless campaign to get the State of Illinois to pay for renovations to Wrigley Field is dead in the water: The Cubs’ plan to use 35 years’ worth of amusement-tax growth to finance a $200 million renovation of Wrigley Field — and back-stop the bonds with a 2 percent hotel tax…

  11. Rosenthal’s right: the Rangers should pass on Lee

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    cliff lee in ws

    I tend to rip writers more than I praise them. Not a great trait, I know, but I gotta be me.  In this case, though, I think it’s worth pointing out that Ken Rosenthal nails the Rangers-Cliff Lee thing in my view: If I were the Rangers, I would almost want to lose Cliff Lee.…

  12. The Yankees re-sign Sergio Mitre

    Dec 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees avoided arbitration with Sergio Mitre, signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Mitre had 3.33 ERA and 29/16 K/BB ratio over 54 innings in 24 relief outings and three spot starts last year. Sometimes you see guys like Mitre referred to as “insurance.” As in, he could be used…

  13. The Diamondbacks sign Wily Mo Pena

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    It’s kind of fitting that, on the same day, an all-time “what happened to that guy” guy like Andy Marte signed with someone, that another one does too: Wily Mo Pena signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to camp, paying him $675,000.  Given the way he raked in limited…

  14. The Rockies are talking extension with Carlos Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Following up on this morning’s item about how the Rockies may now look to give extensions to other players, Augusto Cárdenas of Venezuela’s Diario Panorama reports that Scott Boras — Gonzalez’s agent — and the Rockies are currently negotiating a long term extension. The Rockies are certainly wanting to get ahead of the game, no? …

  15. The Red Sox are meeting with Carl Crawford today

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox are in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford’s people today. Am I the only one who had it in his head that the Sox and Angels were going to honor some sort of gentleman’s agreement in which the former signed Jayson Werth and the latter got Crawford? …

  16. ESPN sets its Sunday Night Baseball booth: Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    dan shulman espn

    This was suspected, but ESPN made it official today: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be be the new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team.  They replace Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.  Hershiser was the third man last season. I like Shulman. He’s a solid play by play guy and, most importantly for me,…

  17. The Orioles made a “significant offer” to Paul Konerko

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:59 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

    Heavy caveats here.  For one thing, the report comes from Jim Bowden. A man who, in my year or so of following him on Twitter, has one of the lowest batting averages among guys who purport to break stories. For another thing, the Orioles have been rumored to be in on a lot of top-flight…

  18. Jim Edmonds is on the fence about coming back

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Edmonds-jim-100921

    Jon Heyman talked to Jim Edmonds’ agent who says that Edmonds is thinking about one more year. He agent says he goes back and forth, however. We heard similar things from Edmonds back in October. I feel the same way about it now that I did then: Who wants him?  He suffered some pretty significant…

  19. Another “Greinke won’t go to New York” report

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Following up on Passan’s from yesterday and King’s from this morning, Nick Carfado passes along word from a source that Zack Greinke would never accept a trade to New York. So it’s 2-1, no dice. Unless we get a matching bid, I’m going to assume Greinke goes to the Rangers.  Cool? Cool.

  20. Of course Jeter is worth $20 million! Count the rings!

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    No, that’s not parody. That’s the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan: If the frugal Colorado Rockies can give their shortstop $20 million a season, the cash cow Yankees can do the same for Derek Jeter . . . Yes, Jeter will be 37 next season and Tulowitzki will not turn 36 until October 2020, but…

  21. Yikes: Carl Crawford wants eight years

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford is seeking a deal of at least eight years. Eeek. My general impression of Carl Crawford: free agent was that just about any deal for him would look pretty good for the first four years but would get a bit ugly in years five and…

  22. Salary caps make poorer teams worse off

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Practically speaking, the idea of a salary cap in baseball is dead. Deader than vaudeville. It blew up the game in 1994-95, and the owners and Selig blinked rather than try it again in 2002.  Since then the money has been flowing, competitive balance has been better than most people will admit, and the owners…

  23. How scrappy is Ryan Theriot?

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    You’re not going to believe this, but in the wake of the Cardinals trading for a white middle infielder with moderate-at-best skills yesterday, someone has written a column praising him as a scrappy gritty hard worker, complete with a David Eckstein comparison. I’m so shocked that, as we speak, I’m clutching my pearls and hoping…

  24. The Rangers are going to make a five-year offer for Cliff Lee

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Rangers are going to make a five-year offer to Cliff Lee. The Yankees may have already made one, with some putting the dollars at around $23 million a year, so they’ll have to top that. Or at least come close to it if you believe…

  25. Albert Belle: voice of reason

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Albert Belle

    LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tomorrow night. It’s probably going to get hostile. Thankfully, we have Albert Belle around to play the part of the sage peacemaker: From one Cleveland villain to another, Albert Belle hopes LeBron James and Cavaliers fans can play nice Thursday at the Q.  “My…

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