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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Report: the Tigers are close to signing Victor Martinez

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    A report from Ignacio Serrano of ESPN Deportes has the Tigers on the verge of signing Victor Martinez for four-years, $50 million. Serrano says that it’s all but done and is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal is confirming the report. Rosenthal adds that the Tigers outbid the Red Sox (which we discussed the other day),…

  2. Oh no! The bullies have gotten to Joey Votto!

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    joey-votto-reds

    Here’s Joey Votto, talking yesterday about how he stacked up against Albert Pujols after beating him out for the MVP award: “I said, ‘Holy cow. He beat me in a lot of them.’ He beat me in runs, RBIs and home runs and a couple others. I had a better batting average, but we all…

  3. The Yankees decline to offer Derek Jeter arbitration

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Teams have until midnight tonight in order to offer arbitration to free agents.  If they do, and the players accept, the player will stay with the team and there will be a fun arbitration. If they do and the player declines, the team will get draft picks from whatever team eventually signs the free agent.…

  4. Justin Upton isn’t going anywhere

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Here’s Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, talking to MLB.com yesterday about Justin Upton: “I think he’ll probably be here on Opening Day” Kevin Towers added, “If we are overwhelmed in a deal, great. If not, the fallback is we still have Justin Upton on our team, and that’s a good thing.” Based on the extremely high…

  5. The judge in the Rangers’ bankruptcy case was hilarious

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    There’s a story in the New York Times today about some of the things the judge in the Texas Rangers’ bankruptcy said during meetings with counsel in his chambers regarding the contentiousness of the case.  The comments, which were tape recorded, were all great fun. My favorite: “I don’t like what’s been done to it,…

  6. Scott Boras allegedly loaned Dominican players money. Is this a problem?

    Nov 23, 2010, 7:26 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    The New York Times is reporting that Scott Boras, possibly in violation of MLBPA rules, made loans to Dominican prospects “raising questions” about whether his company “exploited the prospects.”  A spokesman for Major League Baseball said that “this is a serious issue that raises concerns about the business practices of agents who have played a…

  7. Jon Miller rejects ESPN’s offer to do radio

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    jon miller

    This isn’t terribly surprising, but Jon Miller — the play-by-play voice of Sunday Night Baseball for 20 years — has rejected ESPN’s offer to stay on and do the Sunday night games on the radio, reports Richard Sandomir.  As you recall, he and Joe Morgan were not invited back to do TV. This decision isn’t…

  8. The Mets could hire Larry Bowa

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Larry Bowa

    Because you can never have too much intensity on a coaching staff, there is word floating around that there is a “strong possibility” that Larry Bowa will become Terry Collins’ bench coach on the Mets. Bowa, however, says that he hasn’t been contacted. His quote ended with “in all honesty.”  I always found that anyone…

  9. The Dodgers name their coaching staff

    Nov 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Mattingly_1

    We’ve either heard rumors or actual reported news about most of these guys, but the Dodgers have officially announced their coaching staff for 2011.  Joining Don Mattingly will be Davey Lopes at first base, Tim Wallach at third and former Royals’ manager Trey Hillman as the bench coach. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and hitting coach…

  10. Mookie Wilson — possible Mets first base coach — provides me with an excuse to mock my own child

    Nov 22, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mookie Wilson

    Andy Martino of the Daily News does his best to comfort sad Wally Backman fans by passing along word that the team may be considering another 1986 Met for the coaching staff: Mookie Wilson, who could become the team’s first base coach. First base coaches don’t really matter, but I link this for three reasons:…

  11. Chipper Jones has been cleared to swing a bat

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones — who I would have bet a good deal had his career ended with that torn ACL last summer — appears to be healing just fine: he’s been cleared to swing a bat and will likely be ready to go full speed once spring training begins. We’re certainly in the twilight of the…

  12. UPDATE: Justin Upton’s no-trade list includes the Mariners; not the Indians

    Nov 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    An update to Friday’s post about the teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list. Turns out that the Indians are not one of the no-nos. But the Mariners are.  That means that Cleveland fans, instead of Seattle fans, can sit uneasily and wonder why the Diamondbacks are trading Upton while fearing that their own GM may…

  13. Ryan Howard got a second place MVP vote. That actually happened.

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    It has become ritual for we blogger-types to scan the awards ballots to find the oddities, outliers and outrages of the BBWAA vote, so I dutifully do so now.  No real outrages here.  Any reasonable person figured that Votto, Pujols and maybe — maybe — Carlos Gonzalez were your huckleberries, and they finished 1-2-3.  So…

  14. What season is it?

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Winter tree

    As I wait for the NL MVP to be announced — likely the only real news that will be had today — I find myself struggling with something:  when do we start calling 2010 “last season?”  When do we start calling 2011 “this season.”  More importantly, what do we call them now? Let’s start easy:…

  15. The Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske

    Nov 22, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske proved himself to be a useful bench player last year — and he had a shot at being a playoff hero if Brooks Conrad hadn’t intervened — and as a result, the Braves quickly offered him a contract last week, reported to be in the neighborhood of $1.5 million.  Atlanta has some competition,…

  16. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’ve read a bunch of Terry Collins reactions this morning. Most of them aren’t all that insightful, frankly, because the guy just doesn’t have a recent track record anyone can grab onto. He’s intense. Some players who are now in their mid-40s didn’t much care for him. Hard to really find any traction with that.…

  17. No, Hisashi Iwakuma did not want “Barry Zito money”

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    As was reported yesterday, talks between the Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisahi Iwakuma broke down. A bit surprising things fell apart so quickly given that the A’s put up a sizable (and refundable) posting fee for the right to talk to him, but it happens.  The talking point that came out of this yesterday was…

  18. Did “bullies” give the Cy Young Award to Felix Hernandez?

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Scut Farkas

    Murray Chass spoke with Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune about the American League Cy Young Award results. Rogers, who voted for David Price, wondered about the outcome: “I wonder how much of it was bullying on the Internet. There were a lot of columns written in September saying no one should be stupid enough…

  19. The Diamondbacks are interested in J.J. Putz

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    The Tribune reports that “multiple National League sources” are saying that the Diamondbacks are interested in White Sox’ setup man J.J. Putz. This is silly. No, not the Dbacks’ interest in Putz — he’s good and could help their crappy bullpen — but the notion of “National League sources.”  The league offices were abolished years…

  20. Some thoughts on the Mets’ hiring of Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’m not sure what to make of the Terry Collins choice just yet.  Obviously I didn’t think Wally Backman was the right choice, but I didn’t have a preference for any specific candidate per se. While Mets fans don’t want to hear it, my thinking is that the team is likely to be in the…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 22, 2010, 6:23 AM EDT

    Turducken

    The stuff you missed as you spent the weekend trying to track down the perfect turducken recipe in anticipation of the big day.

  22. The Yankees hire Larry Rothschild to be their pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Larry Rothschild

    Larry Rothschild was the Cubs’ pitching coach when we woke up this morning. Now he’s the Yankees’ pitching coach.  They just announced that he got the gig. And when I say he was the Cubs’ pitching coach, that was only technically speaking. He was the incumbent. He was under contract and had just exercised his…

  23. I think Ruben Amaro is messing with Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Scott Boras likes to compare his free agent clients to Hall of Famers.  I think it’s pretty funny that Ruben Amaro is comparing one of Scott Boras’ clients to someone of a  . . . lesser stature: Amaro, however, did bring Werth into the discussion when asked about leftfielder Raul Ibanez’ 2010 season. Ibanez “was…

  24. Mariano Rivera wants a two-year deal

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Yankees are busy with Derek Jeter and Cliff Lee, but after that’s all said and done, Mariano Rivera will be tops on their priority list.  Jon Heyman reports today that, when they do get to him, they’ll find that he wants a two-year deal, not a one-year deal. This should not be a problem.…

  25. The Cubs aren’t happy with the Big Ten’s decision to use one end zone in Wrigley

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Wrigley Football 1

    Everyone I know who read the report about the Big Ten ruling that only one end zone will be used for tomorrow’s Illinois-Northwestern game in Wrigley Field had a chuckle about it.  The Cubs, however, are not laughing.  They issued a statement today that is about as close to “screw all y’all, OK?” as you’ll…

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