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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer,…

  2. David Ortiz wants a three-year deal

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Look, I know people declared David Ortiz dead in parts of 2009 and 2010 and that he came roaring back every time. And I know that he had a great 2011.  But really, this seems kind of crazy to me:  Ortiz is looking for a three-year deal. He’s 36. He’s one-dimensional. It’s a great dimension,…

  3. Yes, the Mariners are going after Prince Fielder

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik confirmed to MLB.com today that the M’s are, indeed, going to make a play for Prince Fielder. With all requisite caution, of course: “There’s no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said the M’s general manager, “but where is your limitation and threshold? We’ll go…

  4. Three Royals go hunting: a play in one act

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This morning, in connection with the news that Jonathan Broxton signed with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick noted that “Fellow GA native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost.” That created quite a picture in my head. I chuckled at that picture for a…

  5. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

  6. Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal. A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell…

  7. Willful Ignorance Theater: Red Sox managerial search edition

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The Sox really need to hire a manager. If they don’t, we’re just going to see more columns in which people perpetuate the curious notion that in baseball, unlike any other field of endeavor, it is somehow not embarrassing to ignore advances in the field: People sometimes ask my opinion of sabermetrics. I tell them I accept the…

  8. Curtis Granderson is happy with the new HGH test

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test. Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may…

  9. The Cubs are entering the Pujols-Fielder sweepstakes

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    There was some question as to whether they’d get involved in big free agent game hunting, but according to Ken Rosenthal they are: the Cubs are pursuing both Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. Well, either/or. They wouldn’t sign both of them because that would be silly. I think the why of it is more interesting…

  10. Tim Hudson had back surgery

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had a wonky back late in the season and had hoped to avoid surgery. He didn’t, however, and today had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery — like all surgery on athletes — was reported as “successful.” One day, heaven forbid, they’re going to report someone’s surgery as “a…

  11. The latest round of Dodgers-Fox bickering

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    If anyone either (a) needs a sleep aid; and/or (b) wants to know how lawyers can make even the most run-of-the-mill disputes seem like battles between evil and righteousness, check out Bill Shaikin’s latest report about the machinations between the Dodgers and Fox over the team’s post-2012 TV rights. Not that the report itself is…

  12. The Cardinals are not willing to raise their offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals are unwilling to raise their offer to Albert Pujols from the $200-210 million over nine years that has been on the table for some time. This is what happens, of course, when no one else is really bidding on your target.  So far the only other offer anyone knows…

  13. Yu Darvish’s posting may be delayed by his divorce

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    There has been no small amount of skepticism as to whether Yu Darvish would actually be posted to play in the United States for 2012.  The reasons for this were kind of vague, but we have a better sense of it now.  Seems he’s getting divorced from his actress wife. This matters because Darvish only…

  14. The A’s may move their spring training home to Mesa, Arizona

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Phoenix Muni

    Via about 12 different reporters in my Twitter feed a few minutes ago, we hear that the Athletics have announced they’re in negotiations to move their Spring Training operations from Phoenix Municipal Stadium to HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona.  HoHoKam will be empty starting in the spring of 2013 because the Cubs are vacating it…

  15. Orioles, Angels have discussed a Jeremy Guthrie trade

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    I believe I heard the first Jeremy Guthrie trade rumor in the summer of 1984. I had just turned 11, got a copy of the Sporting News and read that the the Orioles were talking to some teams about dealing him but would, inevitably, just hold on to him so they could have an innings…

  16. David Ortiz getting “serious interest” from a non-Red Sox team

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz is one of those dudes who you just really can’t imagine switching teams. But he is a free agent, and the Boston Herald says this: David Ortiz has choices now. The free agent designated hitter is receiving “serious interest” from more than one team, an industry source said today, indicating that Ortiz has more than…

  17. The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune: According…

  18. Jordan Schafer enters a diversion program

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested  in Florida back in October for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  At a Cheesecake Factory. Just, I don’t know either, but that’s what he did.  Looks like he’s going to fly clear of serious consequences, however, as Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that he has opted for Florida’s pretrial intervention program. If…

  19. The Tigers are interested in Mark Buehrle

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    According to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, the Tigers have made inquiries to Mark Buehrle.  Watch as Henning sets phasers to “every Mark Buehrle cliche you’ve ever heard”: The Tigers aren’t talking about Buehrle, although it’s known they have been one of many clubs inquiring what it might take to sign the fast-working, strikes-throwing,…

  20. There is “almost no way” the Yankees sign C.J. Wilson

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    There has been less-than-tepid interest from the Yankees in C.J. Wilson. Like, almost zero. That doesn’t necessarily mean everything, of course, as the Yankees have been known to lay kinda low until they just come in and sign someone, but today ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand says that there is “almost no way” the Yankees sign…

  21. The Rays sign Jose Molina

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This has been a long time coming — it was first reported a couple of weeks ago — but the Rays have finally signed Jose Molina. It’s a one-year deal for $1.8 million with a club option. Of course, when this was first reported, Molina was supposed to be John Jaso‘s backup.  Jaso was traded…

  22. Report: it’s “100 percent certain” that Pujols will stay with the Cardinals

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! spoke with an MLB executive who says he’s “100 percent certain” Albert Pujols will re-sign with the Cardinals.  The reason: no one else is really showing interest. At least no one with the kind of money to outbid St. Louis. I’ve kinda assumed this for a while. It was just bad timing…

  23. The Astros clean house: Ed Wade, Tal Smith fired

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Shakeup time:  the Astros have announced that president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade have been fired. the moves come a week after Jim Crane took control of the team.  It was not terribly surprising. The team said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager but is not…

  24. Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

    Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    James Loney

    I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at…

  25. Red Sox: It’s down to Gene Lamont and Bobby V. It’s gonna be Bobby V.

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Alex Speier of WEEI talked to a team source who says that the Red Sox — who had Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine in for interviews earlier this week — don’t plan on talking to anyone else.  It’s gonna be one of those two guys. I’ve promised my hat for these purposes several times, but…

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