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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts: I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but  I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart; If only they had…

  2. Bud Selig: law school professor

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Last week I rather snobbishly lamented the fact that our dear Commissioner of Baseball is not, like many of his predecessors, particularly intellectually accomplished or trained. He was not, prior to taking office, a judge or senator or general or and Ivy League president.  But he has improved his resume a bit since I wrote…

  3. A look at how Terry Collins did managing an NL team

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Here’s a neat post by Mark Simon over at ESPN New York today, looking at the Terry Collins Astros from the mid-90s in an effort to see what, if anything, can be gleaned about Collins’ NL managing style. While such an analysis has some obvious limitations, it’s useful, I think, because it shows how he…

  4. Wow, even the umpires wore those lame necklaces during the World Series

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Remember those lame titanium necklaces that everyone was wearing during the playoffs?  Seems that the umpires had them too.  This according to Paul Lukas’ latest, in which he spoke to the woman who makes them from her little shop in Seattle: At least a dozen players, including the entire Texas Rangers bullpen, wore Johnson’s handiwork…

  5. The Rangers will look to give Josh Hamilton a contract extension

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers plan to speak with AL MVP Josh Hamilton’s agent this winter about a long-term contract extension. Like his NL  MVP counterpart Joey Votto, Hamilton is arbitration eligible. He made $3.25 million in 2010, and would be due a big raise anyway. Though it’s increasingly common, there…

  6. The settlement proposed by the mediator in the McCourt case was interesting

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Like I said last week, it’s a bit of sucker’s game to try to predict an ultimate ruling in a case based on what a court-appointed mediator proposes. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to try to predict such things.  And there is one fact in the proposed settlement, reported by Bill Shaikin, that…

  7. It’s time people got real about what Derek Jeter means to “The Yankee Brand”

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    I promise: I’ll stop writing about Derek Jeter when something else happens. But since there ain’t nothin’ else happening, more Jeter it is.  This time a fisking of Ken Rosenthal’s latest. He thinks the Yankees are treating Derek Jeter poorly and harming “The Yankee Brand.”  I think this is a bit silly. Just answer me…

  8. Quote of the Day: Posnanski on Jeter

    Nov 24, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Joe Posnanski, as he so often does, completely nails the Derek Jeter dynamic in his latest post. The upshot: we all know what’s going to happen. And we do: We KNOW Derek Jeter will play for the New York Yankees in 2011. There is no chance for a surprise there. This is not 90% likely…

  9. Why are we suddenly hearing about the Boras-Salcedo loan story?

    Nov 24, 2010, 6:31 AM EDT

    Edward Salcedo

    Scott Boras, who was not extensively quoted in yesterday’s New York Times story about the loan he made to Dominican prospect Edward Salcedo, spoke with Yahoo!’s Tim Brown.  Boras’ side of things is that there was nothing at all wrong with the loan he extended.  “This is a goodwill story,” he tells Brown, ““We did…

  10. Attention Derek Jeter: Hank Steinbrenner will not save you

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    One of the talking points in the whole Derek Jeter saga is about how Jeter is supposed to want a big crazy deal because Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal and the reason Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal is because Hank Steinbrenner was running the show back then and he’s nuts.  Now,…

  11. Heyman: the Yankees are going to sweeten their offer to Jeter

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing that the Yankees are going to improve their bid from the current three-year, $45 million offer. My guess: it will be a tiny amount of sweetener. Like, half a packet of Splenda.  Enough to extricate the parties out of this ugly impasse at which they currently find themselves by…

  12. You can’t stop the free agent leaks. You can’t even hope to contain them.

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    Timex Social Club - Rumours

    Earlier today I wrote that it was quite a sight to see the Yankees and Derek Jeter waging such a public war over contract negotiations. This is especially true given that — a mere two months ago — the league and the union came to an agreement under which both sides vowed to “Restrict the…

  13. Javy Vazquez is turning down multi-year offers

    Nov 23, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Javier Vazquez obviously wants to cleanse the palate after that awful year he had in New York, and to that end he has reportedly been looking for a make-good deal in a pitcher-friendly environment.  But apparently he’s taking the definition of “make good” to a bit of an extreme, as ESPN is reporting that he…

  14. The Red Sox offer arbitration to V-Mart, Beltre and Lopez

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    beltre head up close

    The latest arbitration offer news has gone down: the Red Sox have offered salary arbitration to Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez, and declined arbitration to Mike Lowell, Bill Hall and Jason Varitek. None of these are shocking.  Obviously they were going to offer it to Martinez, who is all but signed by the…

  15. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter negotiation edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Remember that agreement between the union and the league which was designed to bring sanity to the free agency process?  Remember that part that imposed “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media?” Yeah, that’s working pretty well, ain’t it?

  16. Attention single people: Frank and Jamie McCourt are officially on the market

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’ve been married for over 15 years, so I don’t know an eligible bachelor or bachelorette from a bag of hammers, but I feel obligated to tell all my single friends that Frank and Jamie McCourt are now officially divorced and are thus eligible for courtship and/or marriage proposals.  The money and assets are still…

  17. Andy Pettitte is leaning toward coming back

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards returning to the Yankees for the 2011 season. This is not terribly surprising to me.  Pettitte has hemmed and hawed about returning the past couple of seasons, citing his desire to be around his family more, but he seems way more adamant about retirement…

  18. Please leave the baseball caps alone. Thank you.

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Braves santa cap

    If anyone gets me one of these babies for Christmas, I’m not going to be happy. And yes, they come in just about every variety.  Maybe the best one is the Orioles. Look! The birdie has a little Santa cap on!

  19. Cashman: Jeter should test the market if he doesn’t like our offer

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    That’s what he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York anyway: “We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works . .…

  20. Josh Hamilton wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The voting for the final award of the year is in and the trophy goes to Josh Hamilton, who beat out Miquel Cabrera and Robinson Cano for the AL MVP award.  Hamilton received 22 of the 28 first place votes. Cabrera had five and Jose Bautista — who finished fourth overall — had one. I…

  21. The Yankees and Jeter are “not even in the same ballpark”

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    jeter in dugout

    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that, according to someone in the know on the Yankees-Jeter negotiations, the parties are “not even in the same ballpark.” If so, it would be the first time Jeter has left the ballpark in ages. Hey-o! No, seriously, there’s reportedly trouble in paradise, as the Yankees…

  22. With Huff under contract, what happens to Brandon Belt?

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Like I said a few minutes ago, the Aubrey Huff contract is not a terrible one. I had visions that the Giants would give him four years or something crazy, but two years plus an option is not a bad deal for the guy.  The one question it raises, however, is what the Giants should/will…

  23. The Giants sign Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million deal

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    huff-aubrey-101028

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are on the verge of signing have signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year extension worth $22 million, plus a club option for 2013. Huff hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs this year while playing a little left a little right but mostly first base. He…

  24. Terry Collins has a club option for 2013

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Terry Collins’ contract was widely reported as a two-year deal, but Andy Martino reports that there is a team option for 2013. This likely doesn’t change the equation we discussed yesterday — the team still has him on a relatively short leash compared to other managers — but it’s not quite as short as, say,…

  25. Report: the Tigers are close to signing Victor Martinez

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    A report from Ignacio Serrano of ESPN Deportes has the Tigers on the verge of signing Victor Martinez for four-years, $50 million. Serrano says that it’s all but done and is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal is confirming the report. Rosenthal adds that the Tigers outbid the Red Sox (which we discussed the other day),…

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