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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Jayson Stark thinks the Phillies might be the “mystery team” interested in Cliff Lee

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    We’ve had great fun today with Jon Heyman’s mystery team, but the nagging thought remains: what if there actually is a mystery team? To be clear: even if a new team interested in Cliff Lee’s services emerges beyond the Yankees and the Rangers, Heyman is not vindicated.  His peddling of “mystery team” reports appears to…

  2. I want some Atlanta Braves-branded Kattobashi

    Dec 13, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Chopsticks

    More news that is not Cliff Lee-related: Hundreds of baseball bats are broken by pro baseball players over the course of a season in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The bits & pieces don’t go to waste, however, instead being reborn into cool chopsticks carrying NPB team names, colors and logos. They’re called “Kattobashi,” a play on…

  3. The White Sox sign Brian Bruney

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Brian Bruney

    The Chicago White Sox signed reliever Brian Bruney to a minor league contract. He had a 7.64 ERA for the Nationals this past season and no one else gave him a shot once they dumped him, so I can see why the White Sox wanted to get this one nailed down before Christmas. I dunno, maybe…

  4. Baseball’s average salary exceeds $3 million for the first time

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    The Associated Press reports that the average salary in Major League Baseball has surpassed $3 million for the first time.  Here’s a breakdown of the average salaries and minimum salaries in Major League Baseball going back to 1967.  Two thoughts: 1) I remember back in the 80s when Sports Illustrated ran a story with all…

  5. Zack Greinke will not be the Yankees’ “Plan B”

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Buster Olney passes along word that, in the event the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they will likely not pursue Zack Greinke as a “Plan B,” which is what many have assumed they’d do. Buster doesn’t say why, but I assume it has to do with the concerns about his makeup/anxiety disorder and, oh yeah, the…

  6. The Mets name their coaching staff

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    I feel like we’ve reported on this multiple times already, but now it’s finally offical. The Mets have named their coaching staff: Dave Hudgens is the hitting coach, Ken Oberkfell is the bench coach, Mookie Wilson as first base coach, Chip Hale as third base coach, Dan Warthen is the pitching coach and Jon Debus as bullpen…

  7. The Yankees are close to landing Russell Martin

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Russell Martin mask

    I can’t remember the last time so much has been said so early in the offseason about so minor a free agent as Russell Martin, but I guess that’s what happens when Boston and New York get involved.  The latest: Buster Olney says that he believes the Yankees will soon reach an agreement with Russell Martin.*…

  8. The Dodgers are in discussions with Bill Hall

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bill Hall, Dallas Braden

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to Bill Hall, late of the Red Sox, about coming west to be their everyday left fielder. Hall is a useful guy to have around as long as you’re not paying him extravagantly.  His bat can’t carry left field — he hit .247/.316/.456 last season and that…

  9. The Rangers are going after Adrian Beltre. Have they lost out on Cliff Lee?

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Karl Ravech — via a tweet from Buster Olney — reports that the Texas Rangers are “moving aggressively” on Adrian Beltre.  Which suggests that they think they’re not going to get Cliff Lee, as there is no way Texas can sign both of them.  Earlier this morning we heard reports that the Yankees have been in…

  10. Must-click link: How the Red Sox landed Carl Crawford

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    Great story over at Comcast New England today going behind the scenes of the Carl Crawford signing and explaining how Theo got his man. Among the highlights: While meeting with Crawford and his agents, the Red Sox cited J.D. Drew as a player with an aversion to the spotlight who could nonetheless “thrive in Boston.”…

  11. Was Jayson Werth a better signing for Washington than Carl Crawford was for Boston?

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    It seems crazy to suggest that the Werth signing was better than the Crawford signing but, as reader Jack Marshall pointed out to me over the weekend, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does: With the $142 million deal they gave to Carl Crawford, who has spent nine seasons proving that Fenway Park damages every part…

  12. Blogger admits mistake; apologizes

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Murray Chass

    It’s always good to see bloggers be accountable for their mistakes. Even when the blogger doesn’t believe that he’s actually a blogger. Here’s Murray Chass, explaining his post in which he slammed Tom Verducci for voting against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame, even though Verducci voted for him: When I reported his alleged…

  13. Even the government now believes that the 2004 drug test seizure was illegal

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    syringe

    In case you missed it over the weekend, the feds have agreed not to appeal the ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids back in 2004.  Welcome news, even if it’s too late for Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and the other 101 players who still…

  14. Oh look! A “mystery team” has joined the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:02 AM EDT

    Mystery Machine

    Here’s Jon Heyman, three steps beyond self-parody and almost approaching the divine: Free agent Cliff Lee is planning to make his decision early this week, according to people familiar with negotiations. The Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and a third mystery team are all still thought to be alive as Lee deliberates the biggest player call of the…

  15. “”If you love baseball, you loved Ron Santo”

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ron Santo

    They held Ron Santo’s memorial service in Chicago today. Bud Selig spoke. Tom Haudricort transcribed his remarks. In addition to the words in that headline, he  included a great anecdote about the man: “The move of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta in the mid-1960s left a void in the lives of everyone in my family.…

  16. Mike Schmidt thinks that Jayson Werth kid has potential

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth shades

    Mike Schmidt — the baseball player, not the New York Times reporter — has a column today in which he questions the wisdom of the Washington Nats’ deal with Jayson Werth. I question the wisdom of it too, as do a lot of people. But what is striking about Schmidt’s criticism is that it’s based…

  17. Ed Price is “certain” the Rays will trade Matt Garza

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    Yesterday I reported that the Rays and Cubs were talking about a Matt Garza trade. Today Ed Price from FanHouse tweets that one major league source is “certain” that the Rays will trade Garza and predicts that it will be to the Cubs. Man, I hope Ed and I aren’t talking to the same guy.…

  18. Breaking down Jeter’s contract bonuses

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports on the specifics of Derek Jeter’s contract, including some of the bonus terms: $4 million for winning the MVP Award; $2 million for placing second through sixth in the MVP voting; $1.5 million for winning the Silver Slugger award; $500,000 for winning the Gold Glove; $500,000 for winning the LCS…

  19. Did Chuck Greenberg undermine Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels?

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Interesting angle on the Rangers’ pursuit of Cliff Lee from Evan Grant today. He thinks Chuck Greenberg “made what could be a very dangerous spur-of-the-moment decision,” in getting involved in the Lee negotiations directly, effectively overruling and undercutting team President Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels who had made it clear as of Wednesday that…

  20. And now for some Winter Meetings flavor

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    IMG_1361

    Two writers I met and hung out with at the Winter Meetings were Eno Sarris of FanGraphs and Rotoworld (and several other sites) and Amanda Rykoff of espnW.  Both were cool people in person, and both have some sharp and funny observations about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Winter Meetings today: Eno breaks down the…

  21. The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year). Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year.…

  22. Russell Martin is leaning toward the Red Sox

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    martin in catching gear

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News passes along word that Russell Martin, though considering offers from the Jays, Yankees and Red Sox, is leaning towards accepting the Red Sox offer. I assume the reason for this is that he thinks he has a better chance of getting playing time in front of Saltalamaccia and Varitek…

  23. Here’s what I think happens with Cliff Lee

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    I don’t just sit and pontificate about free agent or trade destinations very often, but it’s a slow day, so here goes: I predict that the Yankees are going to get Cliff Lee, with Lee selecting the seven-year deal off that “menu” of offers the Yankees are reported to have given him; I predict that…

  24. Quote of the Day: Seven-year contract offer edition

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Some words of wisdom on the, er, wisdom of a seven-year deal from a quite unlikely source.

  25. Would Cliff Lee’s salary be “off the books” in Texas?

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Buster Olney raises an interesting point in his column today. One I’ve never really heard about or considered: that a team like the Rangers may, in effect, consider Cliff Lee’s salary separate and apart from the rest of the payroll: I’ve heard of situations where an owner will tell his general manager that he —…

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