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Craig Calcaterra

  1. James Loney is available

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have made James Loney available. There already was a glut of OK-but-nothin’-special first basemen out there, so this only adds to that. Carlos Pena? Adam LaRoche? Derrick Lee? Loney? Take your pick, bargain shoppers. That is, if there is such a thing as a bargain anymore in a…

  2. The Diamondbacks are pursuing Paul Konerko, but don’t worry White Sox fans

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX, the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a pitch for Paul Konerko. This one doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere because (a) the White Sox are scheduled to meet with Konerko today; and (b) a few minutes ago Jerry Reinsdorf said that Konerko “belongs in Chicago.” He also happens to like…

  3. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  4. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  5. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  6. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

  7. Seems like even Scott Boras was surprised at what Werth got

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Overheard this morning in the lobby at the Winter Meetings: Scott Boras didn’t even do the “thank you for your offer; let us assess it and get back with you thing” with the Nationals when they went to seven years, $126 million. It was just — bam — “where do we sign?!” That was all…

  8. Greetings from the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

    IMG_1361

    I’ve been in Orlando for a little over 12 hours and it has already been a busier and crazier Winter Meetings than last year’s fete in Indianapolis.  For those of you who stay away from the web on the weekend, here’s what went down yesterday, with a taste of how the lobby (i.e. the hotel…

  9. Padres fans wonder: Is this the Fred McGriff trade all over again?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    There are a couple of trades that probably spring to mind for most Padres fans this morning: Summer 1993: Fred McGriff — making an outrageous $4 million a year– was sent to the Braves in exchange for Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott.  It was one of the most notorious fire sales in baseball…

  10. Report: The Red Sox and Padres are talking about an Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    We knew this was coming, it was only a matter of when:  Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox and Padres are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Edes says that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are “making headway.”  The contours of a deal would break down thusly: According to the…

  11. Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things…

  12. Great Moments in unnecessary advice

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago: [Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in…

  13. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    This is why Mets fans — at least right-thinking ones — are happy that Sandy Alderson got the gig. He told David Lennon of Newsday today that Jenrry Mejia will not start the 2011 season in the Mets’ bullpen. Alderson said “we don’t want him in our bullpen this year. Our goal is not to…

  14. Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year extension with the Reds

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    The Reds recently exercised Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. It has now been torn up and replaced by a three-year extension worth $35 million reports Ken Rosenthal. Arroyo once looked like he’d be a free agent this winter, what with a contract that seemed overpriced on a non-contender. But then a funny thing…

  15. Kenny Williams: Dunn, Pierzynski deals back loaded; Paul Konerko next

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:32 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

    Kenny Williams spoke with reporters today to officially announce the signings of Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski. He mentioned that those deals were back loaded, so as to allow the Sox to pursue Paul Konerko. The Sox are expected to meet with Konerko next week.  Inasmuch as it seems like Kenny Williams has been given…

  16. The Padres hire Josh Byrnes

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    Fired Arizona Diamondbacks are the new inefficiency. A couple months after hiring former Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch, the Padres have hired his old boss, Josh Byrnes, to be the senior vice president of baseball operations.  There he’ll answer to Jed Hoyer, with whom Byrnes used to work in Boston. When last we heard from Byrnes…

  17. The Brewers trade Carlos Villanueva to Toronto

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not a  lot of detail on this one yet, but the Brewers have traded righty reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Villanueva pitched in 50 games last year, posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out 67 guys in 52 innings. He allows quite a few base runners,…

  18. The Sox offered Mariano Rivera two years and $30 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    rivera in delivery

    I was skeptical about the Red Sox making a serious offer to Mariano Rivera, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that it was legit: a two-year deal at $15 million per.  If Mo had accepted it, the Sox would have non-tendered Jonathan Papelbon. I had made a comment this morning asking why the Sox…

  19. Photo of the Day: Brian Cashman rappelled down that building

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Or, based on the headband, it may have been Brett Michaels. Possibly Andre Agassi.

  20. Magglio Ordonez is probably re-signing with the Tigers

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    I took a whole lot of Spanish in high school and college, and got to the point at the end of my freshman year where I was even starting to think in Spanish. Everyone told me that what I needed to do at that point was spend the summer in an immersion program in Mexico…

  21. Ryan Zimmerman is not happy the Nats lost Dunn

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Here’s Nats’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reflecting on Adam Dunn going to the Chisox: “Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn’t want to resign him, it’s frustrating for us as players. We’re not in the front office. We don’t make the decisions, and we don’t…

  22. My annual musing about Scott Boras’ conflicts of interest

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    This comes up every winter and I don’t feel like we ever get to the bottom of the issue. Probably because it’s boring to most people, but I still think it’s important. Query: Does Scott Boras’ status as the Alpha Agent create a conflict of interest? He represents Adrian Beltre. He represents Jayson Werth. Both…

  23. The Hall of Fame Ballot to end all arguments

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    blyleven

    This Hall of Fame ballot, organized by category, perfectly encapsulates my thinking on the eligible players.  Really, I could probably avoid writing the three dozen Hall of Fame posts I plan on doing this winter simply by linking to this thing each time a guy’s name comes up.  I won’t, but I could. Wezen-Ball does…

  24. Buster Olney thinks Jeter will sign today

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    There’s not much else to that, but in today’s column, Olney says of the Yankees and Jeter “I’ll bet they reach an agreement today.” Buster isn’t one for bold predictions, so I wonder if he has some intelligence. Gosh, I hope not. I fell like I have a couple dozen more Derek Jeter posts in…

  25. HBT will be at the Winter Meetings next week

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Disney World

    Peter Gammons was interviewed about hot stove stuff and he was asked about what happens at the Winter Meetings: It’s a lot of lobby wandering. You got everybody there and it’s fun. You see Alderson go into an elevator with (Cubs general manager) Jim Hendry and all of a sudden you start working to see…

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