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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Salary caps make poorer teams worse off

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Practically speaking, the idea of a salary cap in baseball is dead. Deader than vaudeville. It blew up the game in 1994-95, and the owners and Selig blinked rather than try it again in 2002.  Since then the money has been flowing, competitive balance has been better than most people will admit, and the owners…

  2. How scrappy is Ryan Theriot?

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    You’re not going to believe this, but in the wake of the Cardinals trading for a white middle infielder with moderate-at-best skills yesterday, someone has written a column praising him as a scrappy gritty hard worker, complete with a David Eckstein comparison. I’m so shocked that, as we speak, I’m clutching my pearls and hoping…

  3. The Rangers are going to make a five-year offer for Cliff Lee

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Rangers are going to make a five-year offer to Cliff Lee. The Yankees may have already made one, with some putting the dollars at around $23 million a year, so they’ll have to top that. Or at least come close to it if you believe…

  4. Albert Belle: voice of reason

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Albert Belle

    LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tomorrow night. It’s probably going to get hostile. Thankfully, we have Albert Belle around to play the part of the sage peacemaker: From one Cleveland villain to another, Albert Belle hopes LeBron James and Cavaliers fans can play nice Thursday at the Q.  “My…

  5. The Yankees don’t believe the “Greinke is OK with New York” story

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    greinke2

    Yesterday Jeff Passan reported that, contrary to our assumptions, Zack Greinke is indeed willing to pitch in New York, and that winning is more important to him than avoiding media scrutiny and crowds and stuff. George King reports this morning, however, that the Yankees “aren’t buying it,” and that they believe Greinke truly doesn’t want…

  6. The Rockies may not be done handing out long term deals

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    With Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De La Rosa under contract you think the Rockies would take a breather, but that may not be the case: Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Dan O’Dowd said yesterday that the Rockies are looking to lock up Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez “indefinitely.” Such approach has its…

  7. Frank McCourt accepts the settlement proposal; Jamie rejects it

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We’re heading towards a judge’s ruling regarding who owns the Dodgers. That’s because yesterday Jamie McCourt rejected the settlement proposed by the mediator.  Frank accepted it, but as we know, it takes two to tango. The best part was Frank’s statement afterward, issued through his lawyers, in which he said that accepting it was “the…

  8. The Yankees may go up to $51 million on Jeter; add a fourth year option

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As was reported last night, Jeter and the Yankees spoke again yesterday and things went well. Afterwards, Jon Heyman reported that, while there is nothing imminent, the Yankees may be willing to go up to $51 million over three years and to possibly add a fourth year in the form of an option. Moshe Mandel…

  9. Pablo Sandoval has lost ten pounds? I’ll believe it when I see it

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Last year I closely followed Camp Panda, Pablo Sandoval’s allegedly intense workout regimen that was intended to get the portly young superstar in shape.  That didn’t happen.  Sandoval reported to spring training in more or less the same shape he had been in in 2009 and got larger as the season progressed, ultimately losing his…

  10. The real reason for expanded playoffs

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo! takes the idea of an expanded playoffs apart piece-by-piece.  His criticisms track my own in their concern with (a) this being nothing but a money grab; (b) devaluing the  regular season; (c)  creating perverse competitive incentives among contenders; and (d) doing nothing to make the game better like, say, instituting…

  11. The Dodgers are thinking about signing Jason Varitek too?

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    varitek

    And you thought Johnny Damon was nuts. Rosenthal mentions another potential Dodger target: Jason Varitek. This may be a bit more iffy than a lot of rumors because, according to Rosenthal, the Dodgers are looking at a ton of different catchers as they try to figure out if Russell Martin can still play.  But the…

  12. Lance Berkman wants $7 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Jeff Passan – in the same post in which he passed along that Greinke news — said that free agent Lance Berkman is seeking a one-year deal worth $7 million. The A’s are scheduled to meet with him soon, and they’d probably like to have a veteran DH with Berkman’s skills.  I have this feeling…

  13. Report: Zack Greinke has no problem going to New York, and the Yankees and Royals are talking

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The conventional wisdom is that Zack Greinke — he of the history of anxiety disorder and a massive no-trade clause that keeps him from going to 20 teams — would never agree to go to the Yankees.  Too much pressure. Too much media.  Too much everything.  Jeff Passan at Yahoo!, however, talked to someone who…

  14. The Cardinals trade for Ryan Theriot

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Cardinals just acquired Ryan Theriot from Dodgers in exchange for righty Blake Hawksworth. On one the one hand: sure.  The Cardinals need some help on the infield, as Brendan Ryan was just atrocious this year. On  the other hand: Theriot ain’t exactly an All-Star himself, and his OPS was only marginally higher than Ryan’s…

  15. The Dodgers are interested in Johnny Damon

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Or so Ken Rosenthal reports.  I can’t imagine why they’d want to go with another aging, ex-Red Sox defensive liability in left field after getting rid of Manny Ramirez, but there’s a lot I don’t understand about this world. If the Dodgers do sign Damon, it would just be the latest in a series of…

  16. The Cardinals may owe the City of St. Louis money. And the City of St. Louis doesn’t seem to care.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Busch Stadium

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that a group that is against public funding for stadiums — they’re actually called “the Coalition Against Public Funding for Stadiums” — is giving the city of St. Louis hell over the fact that it apparently isn’t keeping tabs on whether the Cardinals are keeping the promises they made…

  17. Oliver Perez is throwing in the low 90s. And a digression about Culiacan, Mexico

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    When Mets fans heard that Oliver Perez was getting rocked in the Mexican Winter League, they were cautiously optimistic that it would cause the team to finally part ways with the guy. I mean, if you can’t make it in Culiacan,* how are you supposed to handle the Big Apple? But now it seems that…

  18. Reader Dissent: Derek Jeter edition

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    We’ve talked a lot about how, for Casey Close to get any leverage, he has to get another team in on the Derek Jeter bidding.  But there are other constituencies at his disposal. No, they’re not as strong as having a competing offer on the table, but there is a certain brand of Yankees fan…

  19. Daniel Murphy has a pulled hamstring

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Remember last week’s story about how Mets possible second baseman Daniel Murphy had “leg fatigue.”  Yeah, turns out it’s really a pulled hamstring. Adam Rubin — who passed that along in his ESPN chat a few minutes ago — said that it was minor, but it’s still not great news.  Not for Murphy, who has…

  20. Quote of the Day: Why you HAVE to pay Jeter crazy money and give him more than three years

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    “Face of the Yankees” alert! “Yankee Brand” warning! “Jeter is awesome and A-Rod is evil!” advisory!

  21. Brian Cashman is going to rappel down the side of a building for some reason

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Pop quiz, hot shot! What’s the best thing about Stamford, Connecticut’s “Heights and Lights” Christmas event this year? (a) that it will feature Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappelling down the side of a building as a “guest elf?” or (b) that it takes place on the building directly outside of NBC Sports.com’s headquarters, and that…

  22. Help Rays fans say “thank you” to Carl Crawford

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Tampa Bay Rays fans are pretty clear-eyed about Carl Crawford leaving the team. It’s business. It happens. It makes no sense for the Rays to try and match big offers.  They’re happy that he was in town for so long and wish him well on his future endeavors that do not involve playing against the…

  23. The Diamondbacks will pull Upton off the market by the end of the Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he plans to know by the end of the Winter Meetings next week whether the club will keep Justin Upton. “There comes a point in time when we’ve kicked the tires, gone through the process and you finally say ‘We’re keeping him. We should…

  24. The state of the Jeter negotiations

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    We haven’t had any new twists or turns in the Derek Jeter negotiations for, like, 18 hours, and frankly I’m starting to get the shakes. So, in the absence of anything happening at the moment, let us review how we got to where we are, figure out where things stand, and figure out where we’re…

  25. Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and…

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