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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Does signing a PED-connected player raise “ethical issues?”

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:57 AM EDT

    alderson at podium

    It seems that Sandy Alderson was asked by reporters yesterday if signing catcher Ronny Paulino was an “ethical and public relations” problem in light of Paulino’s suspension for taking a banned stimulant last year. Not surprisingly, Alderson said no, it was not. People can ask what they want to ask of course, but I don’t…

  2. Source: The Rays and Cubs are talking about a Matt Garza trade

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    Did I say I was saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings? Well, sure, but they’re more a state of mind than an actual location anyway, so I can pass along some buzz I just heard from a major league source:  The Cubs and Rays are discussing a Matt Garza trade. I know some have discounted…

  3. Saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    IMG_1361

    The team executives and agents have made their escape from the Dolphin Resort and the Winter Meetings are winding to a close.  I have a plane to catch and a couple of kids to see this evening. The hot stove roller coaster is not going to stop, but I need to jump off for now.…

  4. Pete Rose would like to tell you something about Joe DiMaggio

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    So, Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio are in the jungle in Vietnam, and DiMaggio decides he needs to take a shower … No, that’s not the intro to a joke.  It happened. Pete Rose said it did.  And even though it’s a true story and not a joke, it does have some punchline.  Why Pete…

  5. The Astros sign Ryan Rowland-Smith

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Ryan Rowland-Smith

    We interrupt the crazy Cliff Lee/Carl Crawford/Adrian Beltre chatter to tell you that the Astros have signed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. That from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Yes, we realize that this isn’t an Earth-shattering signing, but it’s nice to have a transaction that doesn’t invoke the name of large, monied east coast teams. Rowland-Smith had…

  6. The Angels are in on Cliff Lee too; Rangers to pay him a visit

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee talking

    It’s not just the Yankees: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels — now free from the burden of having to pay Carl Crawford! — are bidding on Cliff Lee. There’s not a ton of context to this and it’s hard to tell if it’s serious interest or, like Boston’s, merely head games, but the Angels…

  7. So: is the Carl Crawford deal actually, you know, a good one?

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The shock of the Carl Crawford signing cannot be overstated. Everyone assumed that the Angels had him locked up. The Red Sox really just swooped in at the last minute and destroyed the competition for the guy with those seven years and that $142 million. No, they didn’t literally swoop, but it was about as…

  8. I went to the Rule 5 Draft and it was OK

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    mystery man

    The Rule 5 Draft is one of the bigger agenda items at the Winter Meetings. Big in the sense that it’s in the biggest room they have here, everyone goes to it and, unlike so many of the other official events, it’s one of the things that people may talk about throughout the season when…

  9. Steve Garvey would like to buy the Dodgers

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    This is rich: Steve Garvey, who famously got into all kinds of financial difficulties a few years ago — and who has had multiple paternity suits filed against him — wants to rescue the Dodgers.  He says he has an investment group that will take the team off Frank McCourt’s hands and place Garvey in…

  10. The Rockies want to give Carlos Gonzalez a $100 million+ extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies would like to give Carlos Gonzalez a six or seven-year deal, which would likely cost the team something like $100 million. That directly from team owner Dick Monfort: “Why? Well, I haven’t talked directly with Carlos, but I know he likes it here. And as…

  11. The Phillies sign reliever Dennys Reyes

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    Lost in all of the big Melky Cabrera (and Carl Crawford) news last night was word that the Phillies signed lefty Dennys Reyes to a one-year deal.  It’s for $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012. More important: this deal fills the Phillies’ roster spot dedicated to relief pitchers with a troublesome and…

  12. Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:52 AM EDT

    IMG_1361

    Whew! Just woke up. So sad about it too because I was having a great dream. Dayton Moore signed — get this — Melky Cabrera. I know. Crazy!  Almost as crazy as someone actually reporting on someone’s death before knowing for sure that the person is dead. And that would never happen! Oh well, back…

  13. Everyone thinks Carl Crawford is going to the Angels

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Yes, he dined with the Yankees, and sure, anyone can swoop in if they wanted to, but Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that two sources close to Carl Crawford are saying that he’s going to the Angels. Which, for what it’s worth, a lot of people are saying down here in Orlando. Saxson…

  14. Reader Dissent: “Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool”

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Marx Lennon

    This is in response to the Luke Scott stuff, obviously. And I disagree with it even if the reader is 66% correct in his first sentence: Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool.  You certainly are not qualified to comment on anyone’s beliefs, even those that aren’t part of the orchestrated drivel the “news”…

  15. The Dodgers were named the best organization in baseball

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    And you thought the Gold Glove awards were screwy: the Dodgers were just named the Topps Organization of the Year. The Topps award is given to club that “has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.” I guess that technically doesn’t include the owners’ suite, but can you imagine…

  16. The Orioles issue a statement about Luke Scott being a wacko birther

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Obama Birth Certificate

    The Baltimore Orioles issued a statement this afternoon in response to the multimedia freakout that has gone down in the wake of Luke Scott saying that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization. The fact is that Barack Obama is our…

  17. The Braves have talked about Andruw Jones for the bench

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez

    As a good and proper fanboy, I felt obligated to swing by Fredi Gonzalez’s managerial availability a few minutes ago.  Of note: He likes the team. Said “we have a lot of good players.” Whew! I can’t imagine the awkwardness that would go down if he said all the players sucked; He is obviously happy…

  18. No deal at the Winter Meetings: Cliff Lee’s agent has left the building

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Darek Braunecker represents Cliff Lee. He’s been very busy during these Winter Meetings. No, not busy negotiating a contract, but busy telling various reporters about all the offers he’s fielding.  Really, there some reporters who won’t be able to order a drink down in the lobby tonight because they don’t know how to talk without…

  19. The Pirates and Orioles compete for Kenshin Kawakami

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. Anyway, multiple sources are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are both trying to get Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta. The winner will be determined by which of those teams is willing to take less from the Braves to cover the $6.67 million owed to…

  20. The Royals will pay Francoeur $2.5 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    MLB_Francoeur_250

    Bob Dutton reports the specifics of the Jeff Francoeur deal: $2.5 million with bonuses that could be worth $500,000. There’s also a mutual option for 2012 at $3 million.  He also gets $100 million if he leads the league in walks. OK, maybe not. But I’d put that in there if I was Kansas City…

  21. As usual, Scott Boras draws a crowd

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Boras in a hallway

    He only represents the third-biggest available free agent at the moment, but Scott Boras still draws a crowd. This was the man holding court, as he does every year, right outside the media room. It was hard to get close, but I heard him say something about 31 or 32 being young these days.  Tune…

  22. Adam LaRoche rumors; or, the Winter Meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    This is pretty much how it goes all week here: Writer A says that the Washington Nationals are poised to sign Adam LaRoche; Writer B says, no, nothing imminent. There are talks, nothing more, and other teams are still interested. Then everyone rushes to see who is listed as LaRoche’s agent in order to try…

  23. Ken Oberkfell to be named Mets bench coach

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ken Oberkfell

    Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that Ken Oberkfell will be named Mets bench coach. Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008.  He’s a company man who is now…

  24. Shocker: the Royals and Jeff Francoeur are close to a deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur at the paddock before the second race. I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur outside the men’s room before I placed my bet.  I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur before they got up this morning. Now Ken Rosenthal…

  25. Report: the Yankees to offer Cliff Lee six-year deal, worth $140-150 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The man who has insisted that there are multiple seven-year offers for Cliff Lee — Jon Heyman – reports this morning that, to the extent they exist, they may be mooted by a big offer from the Yankees: six years, $140-150 million. There are many around the lobby here today who believe that for all…

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