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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The A’s sign Brian Fuentes

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    brian-fuentes-twins

    Brian Fuentes has agreed to a two-year deal with Oakland. Fuentes posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between the Angels and Twins last season, and he absolutely kills lefties. Of course he’s more than a lefty-specialist, having worked as a closer since 2005. We’ve heard a lot about great the back…

  2. Adam Jones avoids arbitration: one year, $3.25 million

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Sometimes the headline says it all, huh?  Jones made $465,000 last year, so he’s probably having his second best morning in some time today. Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs.  His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if…

  3. Attention my minions, as I make a brief digression about blogging

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Minions

    This is not about baseball. It’s about blogging. Those of you not interested in the meta-stuff, feel free to stay on break a little while longer. We’ll call you back when we get back to work. This post from Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is from last September, but it was just brought to my attention…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - New York Jets v New England Patriots

    Things you missed while either (a) watching the NFL; or (b) taking care of the house and kids while your wife was out of commission with the flu. Guess which one was me!

  5. UPDATE: Johan Santana to throw before spring training

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    UPDATE: Seems the Mets worded their initial announcement a little awkwardly. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Santana has been cleared to throw before spring training, not now. Friday, 5:35 PM: You’ll recall that Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time…

  6. The Giants reality show is actually going to happen

    Jan 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Major League Baseball just made it official: that reality show on Showtime featuring the Giants is a go: Showtime Networks, Major League Baseball Productions and the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up for a new series chronicling the competitive and complex world of professional baseball. The new series will give viewers…

  7. Is the Soriano deal a sign of chaos in the Yankees organization?

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    The Rafael Soriano deal was a shocker. Mostly because until very recently Brian Cashman was telling anyone who would listen that the Yankees were done with their days of giving multi-year deals to non-Mariano Rivera class relievers and that they were not going to give up the draft pick required to get Soriano because doing…

  8. Is 600 home runs “magical?”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Danny Knobler asks that question in light of Jim Thome’s signing and his inevitable 600th home run: Thome is entirely likeable, by teammates, fans and writers alike. A whole bunch of people will be happy for him when he gets to 600. But will it feel magic? I’m not so sure it will. This just isn’t…

  9. The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision: The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.…

  10. The Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves Nationals Baseball

    I hope Cardinals fans didn’t have water in their mouths when they read the following tweet from Derrick Goold, or else they’d need new monitors: Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell I mean, jeez, Derrick. I know some people advocate pulling the bandage off quickly, but you really should break that kind of thing…

  11. Blast from the past: the Phillies sign Matt Anderson

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    This will likely be the first and the last time we blog about Matt Anderson this year, but I am a sucker for comeback stories so it’s worth a mention. The Phillies signed him. Minor league deal, of course. For those who are blanking, Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft,…

  12. The A’s sign Grant Balfour: Two years, $8.1 million

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is for two years, $8.1 million, pending a physical. 10:58 AM: Did someone mention Rays free agents signing elsewhere?  Because we have another: Grant Balfour is close to signing a deal with the Oakland Athletics. That according to Jon Paul Morosi. It’s a multi-year deal. We have no details on…

  13. OK, maybe Sox fans shouldn’t worry that much about Josh Beckett after all

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    beckett

    Yesterday I linked John Tomase’s dire warning about what the future may hold for Josh Beckett.  Today Bill at The Platoon Advantage picks Tomase’s analysis apart. Setting aside the notion that Tomase could have used more refined metrics with which to analyze Beckett, Bill observes that Tomase unwittingly stacked the deck against him: Even assuming plain…

  14. It’ll never happen, but the Yanks need to put Joba back into the rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

    The Yankees have been unwavering in their position on Joba Chamberlain: he’s a relief pitcher and he always will be a relief pitcher as long as he plays for the New York Yankees.  As Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes, however, such a position is a horrible one, and with no less than three…

  15. The Royals sign Jeff Francis

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick reports that Francis will get a $2M base salary. He can make $2M more in incentives based on starts and innings pitched. Seems like a good deal. Especially considering that Brad Penny just got $3 million base, $3 million incentives. 9:40 AM: Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that the Royals have signed free agent starter…

  16. Lance Berkman is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Lance Berkman

    Usually, BSoML stories are mock-worthy. In Lance Berkman’s case, it’s serious business. That’s because Berkman is trying to do that which is not usually done: move right on the defensive spectrum in his mid-30s.  As Joe Strauss notes, however: Berkman is taking this very, very seriously: “If I have a repeat of last year I’m…

  17. Irony alert: Reggie Jackson tells an athlete to be quiet and humble

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Reggie Jackson

    I don’t give a pair of fetid dingo’s kidneys about the NFL playoffs and — certain strokes of unadulterated genius aside — don’t care if the Jets beat the Patriots this weekend or vice-versa.  But Mr. October Reggie Jackson does. And he’s had it with the trash-talking of the Jets’ Antonio Cromartie: Former New York Yankees’…

  18. Nice work by Scott Boras on the Rafael Soriano deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    The Rafael Soriano deal represents some pretty sweet work by Scott Boras. Not just the in the sell-ice-to-Eskimos sense — the Yankees already have a pretty decent bullpen ace — but also in its structure. As was reported all over the place, the contract calls for Soriano to make $10 million this season, $11 million…

  19. The Giants are taking their World Series trophy to New York

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:10 AM EDT

    1954 Giants

    To most of us, 1957 may as well be ancient history. The Giants don’t view it that way, however, and they’re doing a solid for whatever Giants fans are still left in New York from back when they skipped town: they’re taking the World Series trophy there and will put it on display in a…

  20. Tony Gwynn Jr. could be the Dodgers’ starting center fielder

    Jan 13, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    Tony Gwynn Jr. was non-tendered by the Padres, but ESPN Los Angels reports that he may be good enough to start for the Dodgers: As he prepared to leave baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings, [Ned] Colletti said Gwynn’s speed and defensive ability were strong enough that if he can return to form offensively — he hit…

  21. So we’re really doing this Eric Chavez thing, huh?

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    If I were Bill Simmons, right about now I’d say something like “I wish there was someplace you could bet on things like ‘the date on which Eric Chavez hits the disabled list, the date on which its reported that his career is likely over and the date on which he says he’s coming back…

  22. Civil Rights Game set for May 15th in Atlanta

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball issued a press release a little while ago regarding this year’s edition of the Civil Rights Game.  The game itself will be May 15th.  All of the relevant details are here. Kudos to baseball for not merely putting a couple of teams in Negro Leagues throwbacks, playing the game and calling it a…

  23. Scott Boras is in sales mode

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Top level talents are easy to sell. Where the men who represent major league baseball players truly separate themselves from the boys is in selling flawed, aging and relatively unattractive players to teams in the free agent market. Enter Scott Boras — the best of the best — hyping up clients Johnny Damon, Andruw Jones…

  24. Stephen Strasburg is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Strasburg walks off

    Stephen Strasburg‘s recovery from Tommy John surgery is going swimmingly, he says, and what’s more, he told CBS’s Ted Robinson that he’s feeling great: “I’m definitely in the best shape of my life … Once you start throwing, it’s gonna be a long process just getting your strength back, but I feel great about it…

  25. Ed Kranepool only roots for the Mets if they’re winning. And that’s OK.

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Ed Kranepool Pausing for Camera

    Mets legend Ed Kranepool, speaking to the TC Palm down in Port. St. Lucie: Like Mets fans, Kranepool said he only watches the team if they are winning. “I only watch a good product,” Kranepool said. “If they are winning, I will watch, and if not, I turn the station and root for someone else.…

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