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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Report: Zack Greinke has no problem going to New York, and the Yankees and Royals are talking

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The conventional wisdom is that Zack Greinke — he of the history of anxiety disorder and a massive no-trade clause that keeps him from going to 20 teams — would never agree to go to the Yankees.  Too much pressure. Too much media.  Too much everything.  Jeff Passan at Yahoo!, however, talked to someone who…

  4. The Cardinals trade for Ryan Theriot

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Cardinals just acquired Ryan Theriot from Dodgers in exchange for righty Blake Hawksworth. On one the one hand: sure.  The Cardinals need some help on the infield, as Brendan Ryan was just atrocious this year. On  the other hand: Theriot ain’t exactly an All-Star himself, and his OPS was only marginally higher than Ryan’s…

  5. The Dodgers are interested in Johnny Damon

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Or so Ken Rosenthal reports.  I can’t imagine why they’d want to go with another aging, ex-Red Sox defensive liability in left field after getting rid of Manny Ramirez, but there’s a lot I don’t understand about this world. If the Dodgers do sign Damon, it would just be the latest in a series of…

  6. The Cardinals may owe the City of St. Louis money. And the City of St. Louis doesn’t seem to care.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that a group that is against public funding for stadiums — they’re actually called “the Coalition Against Public Funding for Stadiums” — is giving the city of St. Louis hell over the fact that it apparently isn’t keeping tabs on whether the Cardinals are keeping the promises they made…

  7. Oliver Perez is throwing in the low 90s. And a digression about Culiacan, Mexico

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    When Mets fans heard that Oliver Perez was getting rocked in the Mexican Winter League, they were cautiously optimistic that it would cause the team to finally part ways with the guy. I mean, if you can’t make it in Culiacan,* how are you supposed to handle the Big Apple? But now it seems that…

  8. Reader Dissent: Derek Jeter edition

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    We’ve talked a lot about how, for Casey Close to get any leverage, he has to get another team in on the Derek Jeter bidding.  But there are other constituencies at his disposal. No, they’re not as strong as having a competing offer on the table, but there is a certain brand of Yankees fan…

  9. Daniel Murphy has a pulled hamstring

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Remember last week’s story about how Mets possible second baseman Daniel Murphy had “leg fatigue.”  Yeah, turns out it’s really a pulled hamstring. Adam Rubin — who passed that along in his ESPN chat a few minutes ago — said that it was minor, but it’s still not great news.  Not for Murphy, who has…

  10. Quote of the Day: Why you HAVE to pay Jeter crazy money and give him more than three years

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    “Face of the Yankees” alert! “Yankee Brand” warning! “Jeter is awesome and A-Rod is evil!” advisory!

  11. Brian Cashman is going to rappel down the side of a building for some reason

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Pop quiz, hot shot! What’s the best thing about Stamford, Connecticut’s “Heights and Lights” Christmas event this year? (a) that it will feature Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappelling down the side of a building as a “guest elf?” or (b) that it takes place on the building directly outside of NBC Sports.com’s headquarters, and that…

  12. Help Rays fans say “thank you” to Carl Crawford

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Tampa Bay Rays fans are pretty clear-eyed about Carl Crawford leaving the team. It’s business. It happens. It makes no sense for the Rays to try and match big offers.  They’re happy that he was in town for so long and wish him well on his future endeavors that do not involve playing against the…

  13. The Diamondbacks will pull Upton off the market by the end of the Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he plans to know by the end of the Winter Meetings next week whether the club will keep Justin Upton. “There comes a point in time when we’ve kicked the tires, gone through the process and you finally say ‘We’re keeping him. We should…

  14. The state of the Jeter negotiations

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    We haven’t had any new twists or turns in the Derek Jeter negotiations for, like, 18 hours, and frankly I’m starting to get the shakes. So, in the absence of anything happening at the moment, let us review how we got to where we are, figure out where things stand, and figure out where we’re…

  15. Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and…

  16. Shaughnessy: The Red Sox should give Jeter $60 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    dan shaughnessy

    Last week a few people had some fun on Twitter suggesting that the Red Sox — in the interests of promoting chaos — should make Jeter an offer. Pete Abraham mentioned it. I did. Some others too.  It was mildly chuckle-worthy during a slow week. Today, however, Dan Shaugnessy shows us that not every little…

  17. Can someone please explain the Troy Tulowitzki deal to me?

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    At least from the Rockies’ perspective? Tulowitzki is a great talent. If I were starting a team now he’d be on the short list of players who might be my first pick. He’s obviously loved in Colorado.  But a six year extension that starts in 2015? Really? What was motivating the Rockies to extend a…

  18. The New York Times continues its assault on Scott Boras

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Earlier today Keith Law posted his analysis of the relevant MLBPA rules regarding agents making loans to players and found nothing that would appear to make the loan Scott Boras made to Braves’ prospect Edward Salcedo improper.  This followed Scott Boras’ explanation of the loan and rather convincing (in my view) denial that anything improper…

  19. Must-click link: Kevin Correia, coping with his brother’s death

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    Last May, Padres starter Kevin Correia lost his 21-year-old brother in a hiking accident. As far as you and I were concerned, that meant he missed a few starts on the bereavement list and we likely didn’t think much else about it because that’s how these things go.  Obviously, however, this was Earth-shattering for Correia.…

  20. Fay Vincent has a (severely flawed) idea about how to compensate players

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers

    Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has a column in today’s Wall Street Journal in which, after noting how businessmen and actors get an equity stake or points on the gross in their deals, why baseball players can’t do the same thing and take an ownership interest in the team: Mr. Pujols will in all likelihood…

  21. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Jenks

    Ozzie is obviously happy for his former shortstop. But be careful of the feelings of others, Ozzie.

  22. Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    iPad

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts: 1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s…

  23. The Boras-Salcedo loan didn’t even violate MLBPA rules

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong…

  24. Assessing the first time Hall of Fame candidates

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Julio Franco

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has his Hall of Fame ballot, and he tweeted the first time eligibles who are on it. Here they are with my insta-take: Carlos Baerga:  There were about six months in the mid-90s when people thought he was a mortal lock. Of course, back then people thought Pamela…

  25. Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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

    In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a…

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