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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Heyman: the Yankees are going to sweeten their offer to Jeter

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing that the Yankees are going to improve their bid from the current three-year, $45 million offer. My guess: it will be a tiny amount of sweetener. Like, half a packet of Splenda.  Enough to extricate the parties out of this ugly impasse at which they currently find themselves by…

  2. You can’t stop the free agent leaks. You can’t even hope to contain them.

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    Timex Social Club - Rumours

    Earlier today I wrote that it was quite a sight to see the Yankees and Derek Jeter waging such a public war over contract negotiations. This is especially true given that — a mere two months ago — the league and the union came to an agreement under which both sides vowed to “Restrict the…

  3. Javy Vazquez is turning down multi-year offers

    Nov 23, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Javier Vazquez obviously wants to cleanse the palate after that awful year he had in New York, and to that end he has reportedly been looking for a make-good deal in a pitcher-friendly environment.  But apparently he’s taking the definition of “make good” to a bit of an extreme, as ESPN is reporting that he…

  4. The Red Sox offer arbitration to V-Mart, Beltre and Lopez

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    beltre head up close

    The latest arbitration offer news has gone down: the Red Sox have offered salary arbitration to Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez, and declined arbitration to Mike Lowell, Bill Hall and Jason Varitek. None of these are shocking.  Obviously they were going to offer it to Martinez, who is all but signed by the…

  5. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter negotiation edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Remember that agreement between the union and the league which was designed to bring sanity to the free agency process?  Remember that part that imposed “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media?” Yeah, that’s working pretty well, ain’t it?

  6. Attention single people: Frank and Jamie McCourt are officially on the market

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’ve been married for over 15 years, so I don’t know an eligible bachelor or bachelorette from a bag of hammers, but I feel obligated to tell all my single friends that Frank and Jamie McCourt are now officially divorced and are thus eligible for courtship and/or marriage proposals.  The money and assets are still…

  7. Andy Pettitte is leaning toward coming back

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards returning to the Yankees for the 2011 season. This is not terribly surprising to me.  Pettitte has hemmed and hawed about returning the past couple of seasons, citing his desire to be around his family more, but he seems way more adamant about retirement…

  8. Please leave the baseball caps alone. Thank you.

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Braves santa cap

    If anyone gets me one of these babies for Christmas, I’m not going to be happy. And yes, they come in just about every variety.  Maybe the best one is the Orioles. Look! The birdie has a little Santa cap on!

  9. Cashman: Jeter should test the market if he doesn’t like our offer

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    That’s what he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York anyway: “We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works . .…

  10. Josh Hamilton wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The voting for the final award of the year is in and the trophy goes to Josh Hamilton, who beat out Miquel Cabrera and Robinson Cano for the AL MVP award.  Hamilton received 22 of the 28 first place votes. Cabrera had five and Jose Bautista — who finished fourth overall — had one. I…

  11. The Yankees and Jeter are “not even in the same ballpark”

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    jeter in dugout

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that, according to someone in the know on the Yankees-Jeter negotiations, the parties are “not even in the same ballpark.” If so, it would be the first time Jeter has left the ballpark in ages. Hey-o! No, seriously, there’s reportedly trouble in paradise, as the Yankees…

  12. With Huff under contract, what happens to Brandon Belt?

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Like I said a few minutes ago, the Aubrey Huff contract is not a terrible one. I had visions that the Giants would give him four years or something crazy, but two years plus an option is not a bad deal for the guy.  The one question it raises, however, is what the Giants should/will…

  13. The Giants sign Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million deal

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    huff-aubrey-101028

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are on the verge of signing have signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year extension worth $22 million, plus a club option for 2013. Huff hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs this year while playing a little left a little right but mostly first base. He…

  14. Terry Collins has a club option for 2013

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Terry Collins’ contract was widely reported as a two-year deal, but Andy Martino reports that there is a team option for 2013. This likely doesn’t change the equation we discussed yesterday — the team still has him on a relatively short leash compared to other managers — but it’s not quite as short as, say,…

  15. 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),…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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:…

  25. 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…

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