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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Luke Scott: “Obama does not represent America … he was not born here”

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Yesterday Orioles’ DH Luke Scott came into the media room here at the Winter Meetings. No real reason, it seemed. He was with Buck Showalter when Showalter was doing his manager availability, and was kind of standing around. I snapped this picture of him because I thought it was pretty sweet that he was walking…

  2. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci slams a blogger, but I heartily approve

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Murray Chass

    This is kinda insidey, but it had everyone at the Winter Meetings dying laughing in the bar last night, so it’s worth passing along. When the vote for the Veteran’s Committee choices from the Hall of Fame came down on Monday, a lot of people in the media room started to speculate about who failed…

  3. The latest on Cliff Lee: skepticism of seven-year offers

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee talking

    When last we considered Cliff Lee, we were hearing word that he had two seven-year offers on the table.  The guy reporting that was Jon Heyman.  Since then, many people have voiced their skepticism that there really are two seven-year offers out there. And not just guys like me who consider Heyman to be a…

  4. The Cubs sign Carlos Pena to a one-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with Carlos Pena. It’s believed to be for $10 million. This makes sense for Pena, I think, who can use a year in the friendly confines to build up value and then return to the market next winter when there won’t be…

  5. UPDATE: Call off the Michael Young trade talk

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:29 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    UPDATE: It seems that’s over. Multiple sources, including Evan Grant and others who were reporting a possible Michael Young trade, are now saying that it’s not happening. The Rangers have approached young and told him as much. To the extent the trade was going to be to the Rockies so that Texas could then sign…

  6. UPDATE: Mets agree to a one-year contract with Ronny Paulino

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino misses the tag as Washington Nationals Adam Dunn scores in Miami

    UPDATE: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com, the Mets have signed Ronny Paulino to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. He’ll have a chance to earn more with performance-based incentives. 9:56 AM: Any time you can sign a 3o year-old catcher with a .259/.311/.354 line who was just DFA’d — and who got suspended for…

  7. Nothing continues to happen with Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    There has been a lot of breathless Cliff Lee chatter today, and even some Zack Greinke stuff, but nothing on the biggest position player still out there: Carl Crawford. The best we have right now: the Tigers like him, but the price is too high.  The Red Sox can’t be ruled out, but nothing is…

  8. Sure, Gary Sheffield would hit for you if you gave him a call

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield

    Gary Sheffield made an appearance here an hour or so ago.  He says he was here because he serves as an advisor — not an agent, but an advisor — for a couple of young players. That makes sense. He was famous for not having his own agent and negotiating all of his deals himself,…

  9. The Nationals inquired about Zack Greinke

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the Nationals have “inquired” about Zack Greinke.  There’s no sense that there’s a deal to be made there, but the Nats were at least asking. Here’s my theory: the Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with the intention of making all kinds of headlines about giant offers they’d…

  10. Derek Jeter on his contract negotiations: “It was not an enjoyable experience”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The Yankees had a press conference to officially announce Derek Jeter’s new contract today. Except it wasn’t here in Orlando where every Yankees official and the entire New York Yankees press corps happens to be. It was in Tampa, where Derek Jeter happens to live. Seems he wasn’t keene on coming here, so everyone had…

  11. Charlie Manuel: “I’ve always liked Francoeur”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Jeff Francouer

    I just went over to Charlie Manuel’s press availability because — let there be no mistake about this — Charlie Manuel is awesome.  If I could take a road trip with any guy in baseball it would be him. Well, maybe Ozzie Guillen if I wasn’t all hung up on coming back alive, but Cholly…

  12. Jim Tracy is discharged from the hospital

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Rockies manager Jim Tracy has been discharged from the hospital and is on his way home.  The word is that he suffered a mild arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). Here’s hoping there aren’t any casualties tonight.

  13. What I’d do to mess with the Dodgers if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’m still processing the ruling in the McCourt case. One thought occurred to me, however: if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer I’d make a point to screw with the Dodgers, starting today, in order to force a favorable settlement. The judge just issued a ruling that Jamie has an ownership interest in the Dodgers. It’s…

  14. Report: there is a seven-year offer on the table to Lee

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    cliff lee on mound

    Jon Heyman is so deliciously schizophrenic today: The Nats are in, the Nats are out, seven years is on the table, seven years is not happening.  It’s been awesome. We’re now back to yang from his last ying: Heyman reports that Cliff Lee has at least one seven-year offer on the table. And it’s not…

  15. UPDATE: OK, now the Nats and Lee are talking

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    UPDATE: I’m just going to stop updating this Cliff Lee stuff, because it’s changing too fast: now it’s being reported that the Nationals and Lee are “maintaining a dialogue.” Still, Lee’s agent is saying that a deal is unlikely this week, so take it all for what it’s worth. 11:57 A.M.: Well, there goes our…

  16. Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    Even though we’re in the middle of Winter Meetings hysteria, there’s still plenty of time to pay attention to the sorts of matters which normally occupy this blog. For example: have you heard that Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life? [Barry] Meister said he also now is representing Brewers third baseman…

  17. Breaking: Judge rules for Jamie McCourt; the Dodgers are community property

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    The Judge in the McCourt divorce case has ruled.  The post-nuptial agreement entered into between Frank and Jamie McCourt is invalid. Jamie wins. The Dodgers are community property. Frank has made every indication that he’s going to appeal, but this is a huge, huge win for Jamie McCourt.  If the appeal is unsuccessful, it likely…

  18. Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Selig Torre Gaston Piniella

    As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.*  It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen…

  19. UPDATE: The Nats are out of the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    UPDATE II: Never mind. Seems the Nats are out. UPDATE: All kinds of mixed news on this Cliff Lee/Nats stuff. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, according to a Major League source, the Nationals are going to offer Lee a seven year deal and that the Yankees will not go seven.  Adam Kilgore…

  20. The BBWAA honors Bill Conlin; shoots down cool idea for a reliever award

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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

    The Baseball Writers Association of America had their big annual meeting this morning.  Two things of note happened: The writers honored Philly writer Bill Conlin with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  This is what people refer to when they say that someone has been elected to the “writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame.”  There…

  21. Dodgers and Vicente Padilla agree on a $2 million deal

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    The Dodgers are close to signing Vicente Padilla to a one-year, $2 million deal. Compared to what some guys are getting this is a bargain. Padilla was injured a lot of last season, but when he pitched he was effective. Padilla will be a swingman next year. Odds are that your team’s swingman will be…

  22. The Rockies sign Ty Wigginton

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Ty Wigginton takes off his helmet after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The big money continues to be spread around down here in Orlando. The latest: the Rockies have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Wigginton is a utility guy. Sure, he got a ton of plate appearances last year in Baltimore, but that was because the Garret Atkins experiment didn’t work out.…

  23. Jim Tracy is resting; doctors have ruled out “everything serious”

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who collapsed at the Meetings last night, is reported to be resting comfortably today and doing as well as can be expected. Tracy Ringolsby reports this morning that the doctors “have ruled out everything serious.” While the meetings are a lot of fun and there is a healthy amount…

  24. The Yankees won’t go seven years for Cliff Lee. Would you believe … The Nationals?

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    More word this morning that, contrary to some speculation last night, the Yankees will not offer Cliff Lee a seven-year deal, on the basis that they will not exceed the contract length of the CC Sabathia deal, and that was a six-year thing.  So if there is a team out there willing to go nuts,…

  25. Report: Pujols wants A-Rod money

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:35 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that Albert Pujols — who’s meeting with the Cardinals today — reportedly wants “A-Rod money.” To which I’d say if I were the Cardinals: done. Here: take your ten-years and $275 million and we’ll see you in spring training. Really, even if A-Rod’s contract was an overpay at the time, it’s difficult…

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