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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Rockies offer to Berkman was low

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    While there was some hubub on the Rockies-Lance Berkman front last night, and while Troy Renck of the Denver Post is saying that Colorado has a “real shot,” Ken Rosenthal reports that, in fact, their offer to Berkman was low. I think Berkman is going to do well this year. People seem to be sleeping…

  2. The State of Illinois will not pay for Wrigley Field renovations

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Good news: the Ricketts’ shameless campaign to get the State of Illinois to pay for renovations to Wrigley Field is dead in the water: The Cubs’ plan to use 35 years’ worth of amusement-tax growth to finance a $200 million renovation of Wrigley Field — and back-stop the bonds with a 2 percent hotel tax…

  3. Rosenthal’s right: the Rangers should pass on Lee

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    cliff lee in ws

    I tend to rip writers more than I praise them. Not a great trait, I know, but I gotta be me.  In this case, though, I think it’s worth pointing out that Ken Rosenthal nails the Rangers-Cliff Lee thing in my view: If I were the Rangers, I would almost want to lose Cliff Lee.…

  4. The Yankees re-sign Sergio Mitre

    Dec 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees avoided arbitration with Sergio Mitre, signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Mitre had 3.33 ERA and 29/16 K/BB ratio over 54 innings in 24 relief outings and three spot starts last year. Sometimes you see guys like Mitre referred to as “insurance.” As in, he could be used…

  5. The Diamondbacks sign Wily Mo Pena

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    It’s kind of fitting that, on the same day, an all-time “what happened to that guy” guy like Andy Marte signed with someone, that another one does too: Wily Mo Pena signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to camp, paying him $675,000.  Given the way he raked in limited…

  6. The Rockies are talking extension with Carlos Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Following up on this morning’s item about how the Rockies may now look to give extensions to other players, Augusto Cárdenas of Venezuela’s Diario Panorama reports that Scott Boras — Gonzalez’s agent — and the Rockies are currently negotiating a long term extension. The Rockies are certainly wanting to get ahead of the game, no? …

  7. The Red Sox are meeting with Carl Crawford today

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox are in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford’s people today. Am I the only one who had it in his head that the Sox and Angels were going to honor some sort of gentleman’s agreement in which the former signed Jayson Werth and the latter got Crawford? …

  8. ESPN sets its Sunday Night Baseball booth: Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    dan shulman espn

    This was suspected, but ESPN made it official today: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be be the new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team.  They replace Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.  Hershiser was the third man last season. I like Shulman. He’s a solid play by play guy and, most importantly for me,…

  9. The Orioles made a “significant offer” to Paul Konerko

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:59 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

    Heavy caveats here.  For one thing, the report comes from Jim Bowden. A man who, in my year or so of following him on Twitter, has one of the lowest batting averages among guys who purport to break stories. For another thing, the Orioles have been rumored to be in on a lot of top-flight…

  10. Jim Edmonds is on the fence about coming back

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Edmonds-jim-100921

    Jon Heyman talked to Jim Edmonds’ agent who says that Edmonds is thinking about one more year. He agent says he goes back and forth, however. We heard similar things from Edmonds back in October. I feel the same way about it now that I did then: Who wants him?  He suffered some pretty significant…

  11. Another “Greinke won’t go to New York” report

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Following up on Passan’s from yesterday and King’s from this morning, Nick Carfado passes along word from a source that Zack Greinke would never accept a trade to New York. So it’s 2-1, no dice. Unless we get a matching bid, I’m going to assume Greinke goes to the Rangers.  Cool? Cool.

  12. Of course Jeter is worth $20 million! Count the rings!

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    No, that’s not parody. That’s the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan: If the frugal Colorado Rockies can give their shortstop $20 million a season, the cash cow Yankees can do the same for Derek Jeter . . . Yes, Jeter will be 37 next season and Tulowitzki will not turn 36 until October 2020, but…

  13. Yikes: Carl Crawford wants eight years

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford is seeking a deal of at least eight years. Eeek. My general impression of Carl Crawford: free agent was that just about any deal for him would look pretty good for the first four years but would get a bit ugly in years five and…

  14. Salary caps make poorer teams worse off

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Practically speaking, the idea of a salary cap in baseball is dead. Deader than vaudeville. It blew up the game in 1994-95, and the owners and Selig blinked rather than try it again in 2002.  Since then the money has been flowing, competitive balance has been better than most people will admit, and the owners…

  15. How scrappy is Ryan Theriot?

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    You’re not going to believe this, but in the wake of the Cardinals trading for a white middle infielder with moderate-at-best skills yesterday, someone has written a column praising him as a scrappy gritty hard worker, complete with a David Eckstein comparison. I’m so shocked that, as we speak, I’m clutching my pearls and hoping…

  16. The Rangers are going to make a five-year offer for Cliff Lee

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Rangers are going to make a five-year offer to Cliff Lee. The Yankees may have already made one, with some putting the dollars at around $23 million a year, so they’ll have to top that. Or at least come close to it if you believe…

  17. Albert Belle: voice of reason

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Albert Belle

    LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tomorrow night. It’s probably going to get hostile. Thankfully, we have Albert Belle around to play the part of the sage peacemaker: From one Cleveland villain to another, Albert Belle hopes LeBron James and Cavaliers fans can play nice Thursday at the Q.  “My…

  18. The Yankees don’t believe the “Greinke is OK with New York” story

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    greinke2

    Yesterday Jeff Passan reported that, contrary to our assumptions, Zack Greinke is indeed willing to pitch in New York, and that winning is more important to him than avoiding media scrutiny and crowds and stuff. George King reports this morning, however, that the Yankees “aren’t buying it,” and that they believe Greinke truly doesn’t want…

  19. The Rockies may not be done handing out long term deals

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    With Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De La Rosa under contract you think the Rockies would take a breather, but that may not be the case: Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Dan O’Dowd said yesterday that the Rockies are looking to lock up Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez “indefinitely.” Such approach has its…

  20. Frank McCourt accepts the settlement proposal; Jamie rejects it

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We’re heading towards a judge’s ruling regarding who owns the Dodgers. That’s because yesterday Jamie McCourt rejected the settlement proposed by the mediator.  Frank accepted it, but as we know, it takes two to tango. The best part was Frank’s statement afterward, issued through his lawyers, in which he said that accepting it was “the…

  21. The Yankees may go up to $51 million on Jeter; add a fourth year option

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As was reported last night, Jeter and the Yankees spoke again yesterday and things went well. Afterwards, Jon Heyman reported that, while there is nothing imminent, the Yankees may be willing to go up to $51 million over three years and to possibly add a fourth year in the form of an option. Moshe Mandel…

  22. Pablo Sandoval has lost ten pounds? I’ll believe it when I see it

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Last year I closely followed Camp Panda, Pablo Sandoval’s allegedly intense workout regimen that was intended to get the portly young superstar in shape.  That didn’t happen.  Sandoval reported to spring training in more or less the same shape he had been in in 2009 and got larger as the season progressed, ultimately losing his…

  23. The real reason for expanded playoffs

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo! takes the idea of an expanded playoffs apart piece-by-piece.  His criticisms track my own in their concern with (a) this being nothing but a money grab; (b) devaluing the  regular season; (c)  creating perverse competitive incentives among contenders; and (d) doing nothing to make the game better like, say, instituting…

  24. The Dodgers are thinking about signing Jason Varitek too?

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    varitek

    And you thought Johnny Damon was nuts. Rosenthal mentions another potential Dodger target: Jason Varitek. This may be a bit more iffy than a lot of rumors because, according to Rosenthal, the Dodgers are looking at a ton of different catchers as they try to figure out if Russell Martin can still play.  But the…

  25. Lance Berkman wants $7 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Jeff Passan – in the same post in which he passed along that Greinke news — said that free agent Lance Berkman is seeking a one-year deal worth $7 million. The A’s are scheduled to meet with him soon, and they’d probably like to have a veteran DH with Berkman’s skills.  I have this feeling…

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