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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Hall of Fame voters owe nothing to the past

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    This morning I wrote about Jim Reeves’ column in which he said he believed that voting for the Hall of Fame was his “sacred duty” and that it was his aim to keep Cooperstown “clean and pure.” My take was more one of amusement, but this afternoon The Common Man has a much more focused…

  2. Comment of the Day: Monica Foster speaks

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    The woman Lenny Dykstra is accusing of forging checks left a comment on our post from earlier today. Take it away Monica Foster: Thanks Craig Calcaterra and MSNBC Hardball* for having a common sense view on this spectacle I wound up in. The only person lying in this situation is Dykstra. He needs to come…

  3. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga

    It’s been a weird year for Armando Galarraga. The near-perfect game. Being turned into an unexpected role model for forgiveness. Being sent down to Toledo for eight games.  Looking like the odd man out in the rotation this winter. Unexpectedly reaching a deal avoiding arbitration late yesterday. And then this today: One day after agreeing…

  4. Bunches and bunches of random guys avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Handshake

    Like we said earlier: tons of signings today. We’ve been highlighting the bigger names, but many, many more players are avoiding arbitration. Among the more notable ones: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, $2.4 million; J.J. Hardy, Orioles. $5.5 million; Carlos Quentin, White Sox, $5.05 million; Kevin Kouzmanoff, Athletics, $4.75 million; Martin Prado, Braves, $3.1 million; Boone…

  5. The weirdest contract clauses this winter

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wonka contract

    Jayson Stark has created a minor empire focusing on the small stuff. I don’t mean that negatively. His general reporting is fine work, but his signature is picking out the weird and obscure stats and other assorted baseball minutiae. Sometimes his trivia leads us astray — we really don’t need to know who the six players…

  6. Papelbon, Red Sox avoid arbitration: $12 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    In what could very well be his last year as the Red Sox’ closer Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a $12 million contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. At least I guess it’s his last year. I and a lot of other folks were half-convinced that the Sox would non-tender Papelbon this winter, letting him take…

  7. Prince Fielder, Brewers agree on a $15.5 million deal for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder and the Brewers avoided arbitration today with a $15.5 million deal in what will be his last arbitration contract.  The deal makes Fielder the highest-paid Brewer of all time, passing Zack Greinke, who has held the title for a couple of weeks. Attention Reds fans who keep asking me why the team would…

  8. Gil Meche announces his retirement

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Gil Meche

    This is kind of a shocker: Royals starter Gil Meche has announced his retirement.  This despite the fact that he has about $12 million left on his contract. Of course Meche has had chronic shoulder trouble since 2009.  Much of it due, one presumes, to Trey Hillman absolutely grinding him into dust.  Rany Jazayerli has…

  9. The Phillies are the Terminator

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Terminator

    Zoo With Roy is a pretty righteous Phillies blog. Today ZWR features a video mashup done by Petzrawr of the equally-righteous (yet sadly defunct) TheFightins.com. In it, the Phillies are portrayed as the Terminator. It’s a great analogy, really. Because just like the Terminator, the Phillies kick ass for a long time and then end up…

  10. So, what would it take for the Angels to trade for Evan Longoria?

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    Sam Miller over at the OC Register is fed up with the same thing I get fed up with from time to time: people proposing truly dumb trades. They usually take the form of a reader suggesting that their rooting interest trade for Stud Player X, while giving up … nothing. Or close to it.…

  11. There will be a ton of arbitration-avoiding deals today

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Handshake

    Today is the deadline for teams and players to submit their arbitration figures.  This is important because once figures are submitted, negotiating positions tend to harden, what with each side saying exactly what they want. As a result, there will be a lot of deals today involving arbitration-eligible players seeking to avoid submitting figures. We’ll…

  12. Stephen Strasburg: Public Administration Scholar

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story up today about Stephen Strasburg and his rehab. Strasburg is working out, writing in his journal, staying positive and … going to college: He’s resisted video games. In an effort to work toward a degree, he took two public administration classes at San Diego State. SDSU,…

  13. That Lenny Dykstra-Monica Foster thing isn’t getting any prettier

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    You recall that business with Lenny Dykstra, an escort named Monica Foster and the bounced check?  Well, Radar Online caught up with Dykstra and asked him about it (note: some ads there may be a bit racy for conservative workplaces, but it’s SFW as far as I can tell). Dykstra’s comments were, well, rather colorful: “F***…

  14. The Mets sign Chris Young

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    They were “closing in on a deal” late yesterday afternoon, but now the deal is reportedly done: Chris Young has agreed to a deal with the Mets. The deal is pending a physical, which is pretty key here given Young’s shoulder troubles last season. Young is worth a gamble as long as he’s not pricey, which…

  15. The Yankees are checking out Kevin Millwood

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    Andruw Jones and Kevin Millwood, huh? Apparently “key players from the team you beat in the World Series 12 years ago” is the new inefficiency! The Yankees among the teams looking at Kevin Millwood as a back-end starter and have also looked at Freddy Garcia. We talked about Garcia yesterday. Millwood got lit up like a Christmas…

  16. Greenies weren’t bad, OK? I mean, it’s not like kids were doing them. Probably.

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Nancy Reagan Different strokes

    And now, on a very special episode of HardballTalk, Kimberly totally ignores our First Lady and dies of an overdose 15 years later.

  17. So apparently Hall of Fame voters have a “sacred responsibility” to keep the place “clean and pure”

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Jim Reeves of ESPN Dallas would like to let you know how important his Hall of Fame vote is: Judge and jury? Moral compasses? Gatekeepers? Yeah, maybe so, because that’s the responsibility we accept when we qualify to become a Hall of Fame voter. Because of the steroids issue, it’s a responsibility that has become…

  18. The stars came out to salute the scouts

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Ian Ziering

    I didn’t realize they did this, but this went down over the weekend: The Baseball Scouts Foundation held its annual “In the Spirit of the Game” fundraiser gala. Stars from baseball and Hollywood teamed up to raise money for the foundation, which exists to help baseball scouts in need of financial help. That’s pretty awesome.…

  19. Yankees, Orioles interested in Freddy Garcia

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and the Orioles are sniffin’ around Freddy Garcia. Or, I should say, sniffin’ around again. Heyman reported last month that multiple teams including the Yankees had requested his medical records.  At the time I opined that Garcia is not a guy who is going to make a difference for a…

  20. Jon Rauch signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    MLB: Rangers vs Twins AUG 30

    Toronto has signed reliever Jon Rauch to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $3.75 million option for 2012. Rauch had a decent year last year, pressed into service as the Twins’ closer when Joe Nathan had Tommy John surgery. He had a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 57.2 innings and…

  21. The Cards and Albert Pujols are reportedly far apart

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    After giving the caveat that neither the Cards nor the Pujols camp are talking much about their ongoing negotiations, Jon Heyman reports that the sense around the game is that there’s some pretty substantial distance between the parties right now: While neither side is talking publicly, early word is that Pujols has used A-Rod’s contract,…

  22. The Cubs trade Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Tom Gorzelanny

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have traded Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for three minor leaguers. The lefty Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 appearances, 23 of which were starts last season.  But now that the Cubs have Matt Garza in the fold to go along with Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano,…

  23. Is Cal Ripken going to buy the Orioles one day?

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    This is a couple of steps farther down the grapevine than even I’m used to relaying, but my friend Rex Snider at WNST in Baltimore passes along some interesting gossip: According to celeb-O’s fan, Roy Firestone, he received some possible inside information that indicated Peter Angelos might be readying the Orioles for a sale to…

  24. The Yankees are nearing a deal with Andruw Jones

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Yankees are nearing a one-year deal with Andruw Jones.  This after a weekend of reports that had the Yankees interested at one turn and balking at the next. Could go either way, really, but there’s a feeling of two steps forward, one step back to all of this, and…

  25. Grady Sizemore is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 17, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians’ center fielder Grady Sizemore had microfracture surgery last June and lost the season. The hope at the time was that he’d be ready for spring training. Buster Olney caught up with Sizemore and writes about it in today’s column.  Sizemore is just now starting to hit off a tee and easing into running.  The…

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