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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million. This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all…

  2. The Braves have protected their cars from the wrath of Jason Heyward’s bat

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    One of my favorite things last spring was how Jason Heyward kept hitting home runs out to right field at the Braves training complex and damaging cars out in the parking lot.  Sure, that’s not that big a deal when you consider that the Braves stupidly put a parking lot right over the wall, but…

  3. The Rangers are still looking to deal Michael Young

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    Buster Olney has been the primary rumor-mongerer regarding Michael Young. Even as reporters with Rockies sources were saying there was nothing doing between Texas and Colorado, Olney reported otherwise.  He’s also reporting that, despite the fact that spring training is starting, there’s still a slight chance that Young could be dealt before having to awkwardly…

  4. And we now begin eight and a half months of freaking out about Sabathia’s opt-out clause

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    sabathia

    More weighty news relating to CC Sabathia than his choice of breakfast cereals involves his contract. As in, the fact that he has the ability to opt-out of it after this year if he wants, and that has caused no shortage of consternation among Yankees fans. Yankees fans who, as of this past winter, are…

  5. There’s a (sorta) new Yankees blog in town

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    There’s so much stuff written about the Yankees, but much of it is either insane hype or unwarranted pessimism. In the face of that, I’ve found four or five Yankees blogs that are able to provide sharp and sober analysis on a consistent basis. Two of them are TYU and Yankeeist. Well, now I have…

  6. The CC Sabathia weight loss plan: easier than you’d think

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Last week there was some stuff about CC Sabathia‘s weight. It was reported that he lost 30 pounds. Brian Cashman wasn’t having it.  Today, however, he reported to Yankees camp in Tampa, and multiple reporters have tweeted this morning that Sabathia looks slimmer.  He told some of them that he’s probably lost 25 pounds.  Mark…

  7. Happy 50th birthday, Strat-o-Matic

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Stratomatic

    For reasons that I still can’t explain, I was never exposed to Strat-o-Matic baseball until I twas way too old and involved in boring grownup things to have a lot of time to obsess on it.  Almost everyone else I know who thinks deeply or writes intelligently about baseball played it, however, and I totally…

  8. Can “swagger” be “bullet-proof?” Ask Jonathan Papelbon.

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    swagger wagon

    This is quote of the day territory, but it’s a bit early and lots of players will be talking to the media today, so we’ll hold off on giving it any awards. Jonathan Papelbon talked yesterday about how he’s approaching 2011.  The key for him is focus.  Well, not exactly, because he kept saying that…

  9. UPDATE: the Mets have NOT released Oliver Perez

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    UPDATE: Scratch that:  I misinterpreted Sherman’s tweet, which read as follows: All Ollie Perez stories must cease now until one begins: The #Mets today released Ollie Perez … #notinteresting Sorry for the confusion, but I read that as a declarative sentence: “The Mets today released Ollie Perez.” I thought the “until one begins” part meant “until there’s new…

  10. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Valentine

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, let us take a look back at the last weekend until November in which baseball players were not under a contractual obligation to entertain us.

  11. Elijah Dukes is now a rapper. And he used to smoke weed before Nats games.

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    The guys over at Nationals Enquirer directed my attention to this Tampa Tribune story about former Rays and Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes.  Seems that Dukes is now a rapper known as “Fly Eli.”  He’s got an album ready to drop, as the kids say, and has concerts scheduled and all of that.  Oh, and like…

  12. In which a bear is interviewed about Mark Buehrle

    Feb 11, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Bear

    Trust me: the headline makes sense once you read the story. And I can’t help but think that the bear makes some damn fine points.

  13. Milton Bradley cleared of all charges

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley’s attorney released the following statement this afternoon, as reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “The allegations against Milton Bradley were thoroughly investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office,” the statement read. “Both agencies determined there was no basis to file charges and no charges were filed … As…

  14. Chuck Tanner: 1929-2011

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Portrait of Baseball Manager Chuck Tanner Posing Against the Blue Sky

    Former White Sox, A’s, Pirates and Braves manager Chuck Tanner has died. He was 81. Tanner bounced around the majors as a player from the mid-to-late 50s, but he’ll be remembered as a manager. Perhaps the most quintessential “player’s manager”  of all time.  This served him well for the most part.  He got his start…

  15. Famous people are lining up to not own the Mets

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Seinfeld Mets

    I guess it’s because it’s New York and everyone is bored, but there have been a plethora of reports — and calling them “reports” is actually an insult to the act of reporting — linking famous rich people and the Mets in the wake Wilpon’s announcement that he’s looking for minority owners.  There was the…

  16. The University of California cuts its baseball team; UCLA meets with Charlie Sheen

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Notable University of California baseball players include Jeff Kent, Andy Messersmith, Jackie Jensen, Bob Melvin, Darren Lewis and Brandom Morrow. There will be no more, however, because we learned today that Cal has decided to drop its baseball program entirely: The University of California announced today it will not reinstate its baseball program despite vigorous…

  17. The Orioles and Jeremy Guthrie avoid arbitration

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Image (1) jeremy%20guthrie.jpg for post 5627

    The Orioles and starter Jeremy Guthrie avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract. They split the difference between Guthrie’s demand of $6.5 million and the team’s offer of $5 million. Guthire had a really nice year last year, posting a 3.83 ERA as the Orioles’ workhorse. If the O’s are even superficially…

  18. Maybe I just don’t understand new media

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    iPad

    UPDATE:  Rovell was wrong.  It’s ten bucks on top of the print edition to get the digital edition too, not ten dollars more for the digital edition only.  I don’t see an option for digital-only, however. Is that available? Anyone? Bueller? Sports Illustrated is apparently coming out with a digital subscription for smart phones and…

  19. Was A-Rod’s first deal the worst free agent signing of all time?

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    AlexRodriguezAP

    Andy MacPhail thinks it was the first A-Rod deal. At least that’s what he told a law school seminar yesterday: “Alex Rodriguez to Texas was the worst signing in the history of baseball in my view,” MacPhail said. “Why? Because he played as well as you can possibly ask the kid to play. He had…

  20. High school coach cuts a pitcher who can’t field bunts. Oh, and the pitcher has two prosthetic legs.

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Burroto

    Reader Ben alerts me to this story: A high school sophomore pitcher who can throw 80 MPH with a “wicked curve” gets cut from his high school team because he can’t field bunts all that well. Oh, the fact that he happens to have two prosthetic legs may have something to do with it.  And did…

  21. Daniel Bard wouldn’t mind starting one day

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Rob Bradford caught up with Daniel Bard in Fort Meyers yesterday and the subject of the young man’s role came up: “How do you view yourself, as a reliever or a starter?” “I see myself as a pitcher,” he responded without hesitation following his Thursday workout at the Red Sox minor-league training facility … Bard, a…

  22. The Wilpon case gets a mediator: Mario Cuomo

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Wilpons and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff case are having a daily back and forth in the papers. The judge is probably getting tired of it. Yesterday he did something about it: A federal judge on Thursday appointed former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo to try to resolve the $1 billion dispute…

  23. Prosecutors drop six of the 11 charges against Barry Bonds

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    You know the sign of a righteous prosecution advanced by confident prosecutors? Dropping half the charges on a several-years-old indictment relating to a seven-year-old incident on the eve of trial: Among the charges eliminated from earlier indictments were claims that Bonds perjured himself by denying that he received testosterone from his trainer, Greg Anderson, and…

  24. Mike Trout probably won’t see the bigs until 2012

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles headline writers are going to have to hold their clever fish-related one-liners for next year, because Mike Trout isn’t likely to make The Show until 2012. Here’s Bill Shaikin: [Angels GM Tony] Reagins said Angels would start Mike Trout at double-A. In Anaheim by end of season? “I would say it’s unlikely” Gotta…

  25. UPDATE: Orlando Cabrera to compete for the Indians’ second base job

    Feb 10, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets that Cabrera will compete for the second base job. Asdrubal Cabrera will stay at short. The idea is to make Orlando Cabrera learn second. Much better that way I think seeing as though the Indians’ second base options — Luis Valbuena and Jason Donald — don’t have Asdrubal Cabrera’s upside.  And worse case scenario for…

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