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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Today is the real trade deadline

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    We all got excited on July 31st — I even blogged on a Saturday, man! — but that wasn’t the real trade deadline. Just ask Manny.  That was the non-waiver trade deadline. Today is the real day you have to have your changes made, because barring some complicated maneuvers involving the disabled list, your team…

  2. Joey Cora is a candidate for the Mariners' job

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    We’ve previously heard that Bobby Valentine and Ted Simmons were in the mix, but Jerry Crasnick just tweeted that, according to the scouting grapevine (which Crasnick is extremely tuned into) White Sox bench coach Joey Cora has emerged as “a strong candidate” for the Seattle Mariners managing job. Which would be fantastic for baseball. Why?…

  3. HBT Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    As the deadline approaches we’ve given the list a bit of a haircut to include just the guys people are actually talking about. Look for updates all day today, tomorrow and through Saturday.

  4. UPDATE: The Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    7:05 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, there are growing indications that the Yankees are the front-runners for Dan Haren. Rosenthal writes that the Tigers can’t be ruled out, either, but a source tells him that the D-Backs are telling interested clubs that they are in “advanced negotiations” with one team. 5:15 PM: So…

  5. Dodgers attendance is not what it seems

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Based on how it was teased by the reader who emailed it to me, I kept reading this article about Dodgers’ attendance figures, waiting for something scandalous to come out.  There really isn’t anything like that, but it’s an interesting read about the business of ticket sales and attendance anyway.  The upshot:  the Dodgers sell…

  6. Ted Lilly can block a trade to the Rays; not to the Tigers or Mets

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The no-trade clause has been a big factor in conversations about Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren, but Ted Lilly has some veto power too:  Jon Paul Morosi reports that Lilly can block a trade to the Rays, but not to the Tigers or Mets, who are also looking for starting pitching. Some day I’d love…

  7. Barry Bonds won't stand trial until at least 2011

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Everyone met today, but they couldn’t agree on a trial date in 2010.  They’re going to meet again on August 6th, and if a trial is scheduled, it likely won’t take place until next year. Nothin’ like speedy justice! 11:30 A.M.: Prosecutors and Barry Bonds will meet at federal court today in a scheduling…

  8. David DeJesus is out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Awful news from Kansas City: David DeJesus has a complete tear of his thumb ligament and is out for the season. DeJesus was the subject of numerous trade rumors, but that’s minor. The fact was the he was having a hell of a year, and even if he wasn’t rumored to be going anywhere his…

  9. Ty Wigginton suspended for three games

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Last night Ty Wigginton got into it with first base umpire Gary Darling when Darling totally blew the call on a pickoff of J.J. Hardy. As you can see from the video, Wigginton got all up in Darling’s face, bumped chests, flailed arms and generally acted like a lunatic. I feel for the guy —…

  10. The Rays are "kicking the tires" on Zack Greinke? OK, sure.

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s crazy season, and when crazy season happens it actually helps for someone to throw a completely nuts rumor out there just to give us a nice break from actually thinking about deals. To make us laugh. To make us ponder the very ridiculousness of the trade deadline itself.  Here’s the leader in the clubhouse…

  11. The Cardinals aren't offering a ton for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    We heard this morning that the Astros are asking for the moon for Roy Oswalt. I thought that was crazy, but it’s not much crazier than what the Cardinals are offering.  From Jayson Stark: Heard from one source that the two major-league players St. Louis told Houston it would deal for Oswalt are John Jay…

  12. The Hall of Fame is losing money: is it because they won't let the 'roiders in?

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell reports that the Hall of Fame is losing money due to dropping attendance. After reporting — and dismissing — some of the Hall’s own explanations for its financial troubles, Rovell says what he thinks is going on: But none of those reasons is why the Hall of Fame is suffering. If the stars,…

  13. Tigers, Twins on Dan Haren's no-trade list

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted this morning, it’s looking increasingly likely that the once-untouchable Dan Haren is going to get moved sometime in the next week.  The question is where.  On that count you can cross out the Tigers and the Twins, because as Jon Paul Morosi reports, Dan Haren has veto rights over trades to either…

  14. Why is everyone afraid of Mark Cuban?

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    I have no idea what kind of baseball owner Mark Cuban would be, but if Tim Cowlishaw thinks he’d be a bad one, he had better bring stronger arguments than this to the table: Cuban is a lightning rod. Those Mavericks fans who love him do so unconditionally and pay little attention to the fact…

  15. Alex Gordon Freed

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Yesterday I yelled at the Royals for not calling up Alex Gordon despite the fact that he’s been tearing up the pea patch up in Omaha these past few months. When I talk, people listen: the Royals just called him up and he’ll be playing in New York against the Yankees this weekend. OK, fine,…

  16. The White Sox are worried about chemistry

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    Joe Cowley writes that Kenny Williams doesn’t want to ”disrupt the team chemistry” as he approaches the deadline. This coming from a guy who almost came to blows with his manager at almost the exact same time they went on an absolute winning tear. It’s also a team with a manager who openly tells the…

  17. A-Rod is about to hit his 600th home run. Do you care?

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    There’s a lack of hype around A-Rod’s 600th dinger. Is it because it’s A-Rod doing it, or are we simply bored with home runs?

  18. Ed Wade is asking for way, way too much for Oswalt

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    If we’re going to criticize anyone in the greater Roy Oswalt discussion for having unreasonable demands, Oswalt shouldn’t be at the top of the list. Astros’ GM Ed Wade should.  Derrick Goold reports on Houston’s demands: According to a National League executive, the Astros have said the package must include two top prospects, a third…

  19. The Mets designate Fernando Nieve for assignment

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Andy Martino reports that the Mets have DFA’d reliever Fernando Nieve. He’s been pretty terrible lately, so I get this, but how much of his terribleness is a function of Jerry Manuel criminally overworking him this season?  Hell, in some ways getting DFA’d may be the best thing for him.  If no trade partner can…

  20. Rosenthal: Oswalt should be more flexible

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    But why should players surrender what they bargained for if teams never do?

  21. The Boss gets a mural at Yankee Stadium

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    If I had to bet money, I would have bet that a 40′x13′ mural of George Steinbrenner put up a week after his death would have been a tad on the, I dunno, cult-of-personalityish side, maybe looking like some banner from a South American election rally or something.  It’s just so hard to have perspective…

  22. Quote of the Day: "HGH is baseball's Shirley Sherrod"

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Warning: mixing PED talk with politics can be hazardous to your comments section.

  23. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Five shutouts around baseball last night, one of which may be one of the final nails in the coffin of Jerry Manuel’s managerial career.

  24. The latest on Oswalt

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    There have been various updates and added wrinkles to the Roy Oswalt news since this morning. The highlights: Derrick Goold reports that the Cardinals are the Astros’ first choice. This squares with what I was hearing last night. Past of it is geographic (Oswalt owns a farm in Illinois and it isn’t terrible far from…

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