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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Ryan Zimmerman is not happy the Nats lost Dunn

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Here’s Nats’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reflecting on Adam Dunn going to the Chisox: “Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn’t want to resign him, it’s frustrating for us as players. We’re not in the front office. We don’t make the decisions, and we don’t…

  2. My annual musing about Scott Boras’ conflicts of interest

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    This comes up every winter and I don’t feel like we ever get to the bottom of the issue. Probably because it’s boring to most people, but I still think it’s important. Query: Does Scott Boras’ status as the Alpha Agent create a conflict of interest? He represents Adrian Beltre. He represents Jayson Werth. Both…

  3. The Hall of Fame Ballot to end all arguments

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    blyleven

    This Hall of Fame ballot, organized by category, perfectly encapsulates my thinking on the eligible players.  Really, I could probably avoid writing the three dozen Hall of Fame posts I plan on doing this winter simply by linking to this thing each time a guy’s name comes up.  I won’t, but I could. Wezen-Ball does…

  4. Buster Olney thinks Jeter will sign today

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    There’s not much else to that, but in today’s column, Olney says of the Yankees and Jeter “I’ll bet they reach an agreement today.” Buster isn’t one for bold predictions, so I wonder if he has some intelligence. Gosh, I hope not. I fell like I have a couple dozen more Derek Jeter posts in…

  5. HBT will be at the Winter Meetings next week

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Disney World

    Peter Gammons was interviewed about hot stove stuff and he was asked about what happens at the Winter Meetings: It’s a lot of lobby wandering. You got everybody there and it’s fun. You see Alderson go into an elevator with (Cubs general manager) Jim Hendry and all of a sudden you start working to see…

  6. The Diamondbacks agree to a contract with Zach Duke

    Dec 3, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    Zach Duke throwing

    Lost in all of the midnight non-tender deadline stuff was the fact that the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Zach Duke, who they acquired from Pittsburgh last week.  If they couldn’t do a deal, the Dbacks were going to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration. The contract: $4.25 million. In like,…

  7. Adrian Beltre: “If everything was close to the same, I would go back to Boston”

    Dec 3, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    beltre batting

    I can’t recall a free agent ever saying “oh, screw that town. Man, I hate it. I’d scrub toilets for a living before playing there,” but I still think it’s somewhat notable when a player praises a potential destination. Like Adrian Beltre did yesterday regarding Boston: “I got used to seeing that park full in…

  8. The Yankees are talking to Carl Crawford

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    I’ve been skeptical of any real Yankee interest in Carl Crawford because (a) their outfield seems quite nice as currently-constructed; and (b) even if we scoff at the Yankees “budget,” they do claim to have one and it’s hard to see how Crawford would fit in it if they’re also going to extend Jeter, re-sign…

  9. Would you believe that the Red Sox bid for Mariano Rivera?

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    rivera1

    The reports of Mariano Rivera’s signing last night were accompanied by brief asides that he turned down other offers from other teams.  So who were they? Jon Heyman is the only one I’ve seen naming names.  He says the Angels and — get this — the Red Sox were involved. Heyman says they each offered…

  10. Ron Santo 1940-2010

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:01 AM EDT

    Ron Santo

    Awful news: Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo has died at age 70. Santo had been battling bladder cancer, lapsed into a coma on Wednesday and died yesterday. Ron Santo was one of the most productive and consistent players of the 1960s and early 70s.  Because of the low overall offensive profile of the era, however,…

  11. Yankees, Dodgers discussed — then nixed — a Russell Martin trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that the Yankees and Dodgers had serious discussions about a Russell Martin-for-Francisco Cervelli trade last night.  It got to the point where the teams were exchanging medical information and everything, but it fell through.  It’s unclear if Martin’s health — he’s had issues with his hip…

  12. The White Sox may get Adam Dunn AND Paul Konerko

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Adam Dunn is all but done. And talk about changing the balance of power, here’s the latest tweet from Joe Cowley: Several Sox players are under the belief that not only is Dunn done deal, but PK [Paul Konerko] is close. Seems the demise of JR’s checkbook is exaggerated I have no idea if a…

  13. The White Sox, Adam Dunn on the verge of a four-year, $56 million deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    UPDATE:  The Los Angeles Times reports that the deal between the White Sox and Dunn has been struck: four-years, $56 million, pending a physical.  Wow. What’s more: there are strong indications that the Sox will bring back Paul Konerko too.  We’ll have an update on that shortly. 4:47 PM: Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says…

  14. The Yankees sweeten their offer to Jeter. Of course, this is all theater.

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You can almost hear the stage manager barking out directions on this one: “OK, now Jeter: you let the Yankees come to your home, showing that you are due respect … and now you Yankees; you alert multiple members of the media that you are increasing your offer.  Don’t say how much! That will blow…

  15. Jason Varitek is close to returning to Boston on a one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    varitek

    Face it Boston fans: Jason Varitek is going to be playing for the Sox until your grandkids have grandkids.  Peter Gammons just reported that the Sox is about to sign a $2 million contract. You have to think that this means that Saltalamacchia is the starter and Varitek the backup, right? Of course that’s the…

  16. Eric Hinske signs with the Braves

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske had been courted by both the Brewers and the Braves, but he has decided to stick with Atlanta. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports that he’s getting a one-year deal with an option. No word on the bucks yet, but Mark Bowman had previously reported that the offer from Atlanta was for around…

  17. Pat Burrell’s deal: $1 million plus incentives

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added  incentives. I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on…

  18. And now for a wildly implausible Adrian Beltre rumor

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Hold your nose for this one: Jayson Stark is reporting that “officials of two clubs monitoring Adrian Beltre’s negotiations” believe that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Oakland A’s quickly, possibly as soon as today.  Why the rush?  Well, there’s an offer out there, see, and the A’s have two other third baseman in Kevin…

  19. Lots of baseball players take ADD drugs

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adderall

    Baseball’s annual drug report came out yesterday and the results are not terribly surprising: 3,714 drug tests and 17 positives, only two of which were for PEDs used by Edinson Volquez and Ronny Paulino. The other positives were stimulants and recreational drugs. These test results will lead to predictable statements from the predictable parties: Major…

  20. Jim Leyritz to be sentenced today

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    A jury found Jim Leyritz guilty of  drunk driving last month, but he was acquitted of manslaughter. Today Leyrtiz gets sentenced. He faces a maximum of six months in prison. Two things I wonder about: Normally someone who just gets a drunk driving conviction with Leyritz’s record won’t actually do six months of time. I…

  21. Brian Shouse retires. And it’s more significant than it seems

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Relief pitcher Brian Shouse, most recently of the Rays, has decided to retire.  Normally I’d skip over something minor like this, but Shouse’s career arc has a certain beauty to it. Shouse was drafted by the Pirates in 1990. That’s when being drafted by the Pirates was a good thing.  In his first 12 years…

  22. The Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within the AL Central. Which is stupid.

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within their division. You hear about teams being loathe to do this fairly often. And I get it when you’re talking about two teams who are in direct, current contention for the title like the Yankees and Rays or something. But I can’t see why…

  23. Major League Baseball continues to keep the Athletics in limbo

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    We’re pushing two years since baseball said it was “studying” the issue of where the Athletics should play.  Could they find a way around the Giants’ territorial rights in San Jose? Is Oakland, in fact, a viable home for the A’s going forward?  We don’t know!  Because apparently doing some basic economic studies, looking at…

  24. The Rockies offer to Berkman was low

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    While there was some hubub on the Rockies-Lance Berkman front last night, and while Troy Renck of the Denver Post is saying that Colorado has a “real shot,” Ken Rosenthal reports that, in fact, their offer to Berkman was low. I think Berkman is going to do well this year. People seem to be sleeping…

  25. The State of Illinois will not pay for Wrigley Field renovations

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Good news: the Ricketts’ shameless campaign to get the State of Illinois to pay for renovations to Wrigley Field is dead in the water: The Cubs’ plan to use 35 years’ worth of amusement-tax growth to finance a $200 million renovation of Wrigley Field — and back-stop the bonds with a 2 percent hotel tax…

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