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Craig Calcaterra

  1. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  2. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

  3. Six or eight teams have inquired about Carl Pavano

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of “six or eight” teams to have engaged in discussions with Carl Pavano. Kilgore says that they met with Pavano’s agent at the GM meetings this week. I wouldn’t read too much into the Nats specifically, because they tend to say that they’re…

  4. The White Sox would have done an Ozzie Guillen-to-the-Marlins deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Marlins and the White Sox discussed allowing Ozzie Guillen to skip down to Florida to become the Marlins’ manager in exchange for a player.  The report was shot down by Kenny Williams.  Seems, however, that there was more to it than Kenny let on: Chicago White Sox…

  5. Cody Ross will not get Jeff Loria’s Ferrari

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Image (1) loria.jpg for post 4206

    A tale as old as time: Jeffrey Loria delivered a rah-rah speech inside the Marlins clubhouse the season before last in which he allegedly told players that he would give them his car — a red Ferrari – if one of them was voted MVP of the National League Championship Series. Cody Ross was there…

  6. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Word to The Man: Post-Dispatch sources in Washington confirmed that Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the White House. Musial will join other baseball greats who have won the award like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams. The award recipients are selected by the sitting president. And some…

  7. Some additional thoughts on NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    A couple people have said that I came down a little hard on Bud Black in my Manager of the Year post.  I certainly didn’t mean to, and if I did, I apologize. I have nothing against Bud Black and I think he did a great job.  I can’t argue with his winning, nor will…

  8. Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    The BBWAA has voted, and Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year. Black beat out Dusty Baker by a single point, garnering 16 first place votes, seven second place votes and three third place votes.  Baker’s breakdown was 13, 12 and two.  Following Black and Baker on the list were Bruce Bochy,…

  9. The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are talking to free agent Hideki Matsui. He makes sense if they can’t get anyone else to play DH. He can still hit the long ball, and there aren’t many places more conducive to the long ball than U.S. Cellular Field. I hope this holds off for a…

  10. Photo of the Day: Brian Wilson at some party

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    And you think he looks interesting in a baseball uniform.

  11. UPDATE: the Red Sox deny a $52 million ceiling for Beltre

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  This morning the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox would not offer Adrian Beltre in excess of four years, $52 million.  Theo Epstein has now denied that report to the Globe. This is one of those “who knows?” things. I mean, sure, you have to take Epstein at face value because that’s the…

  12. Hmmm, the “Eric Chavez is coming back” stories are early this year . . .

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eric-chavez-as-with-trainer

    This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Or really any year after 2006: [Chavez's agent says] Chavez is handling “pretty strenuous workouts’’ five days a week at Athletes Performance in Arizona just fine and “from our perspective, is completely healthy . . . Eric’s looking…

  13. The Ricketts’ proposal for Wrigley Field is wrongheaded and deceptive

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I was a day or two late into the whole Ricketts-want-public-money-for-Wrigley Field thing, and yesterday I spent more time trying to get Joe Ricketts or someone on record about it than reading deeply into the issue.  Note: the Ricketts’ spokespeople have still not returned my calls, so I can only assume that their response to…

  14. The Rockies aren’t willing to go long on Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have drawn a line in the sand and that they will not give free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa anything longer than a three-year deal. If he’s not interested, they’d prefer to go with Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez to take his place. Deep…

  15. The Yankees put pitching coach candidates to the test

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobayashi-maru_l

    Like, literally, a test: Cashman has devised a process by which candidates fly up to New York, are given a specially culled videotape of Yankees pitchers to watch in the video room at Yankee Stadium, given a night to think about what they have seen and formulate solutions, and then present them in a rigorous…

  16. The Mets’ managerial interview process is “as close to a rigged event as possible”

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    As D.J. said last night, the Mets announced their second round of interviews, and they include Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman. But Joel Sherman is throwing cold water on the notion that this is truly a four-man race: I guess Hale, in particular, has a chance to throw a Hail Mary…

  17. The Yankees told Jeter that he’ll get a baseball contract, not a “victory lap” contract

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    I seem to have misplaced my calendar, and I can’t figure out if today is “the Yankees are going to overpay Derek Jeter” day, or if it’s “The Yankees are going to hold the line and pay Jeter what he’s actually worth” day.  Can someone help me? Ah, there’s Joel Sherman now: In a meeting…

  18. Dan Uggla is “blue collar?”

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    Still lovin’ the Dan Uggla trade. My friend Stephen Silver pretty much summed up the whole deal last night when he tweeted “I had no idea they were giving away free Dan Ugglas today. I wish my team had known in advance.”  Yep. But one thing has struck me in the aftermath of the trade: …

  19. Johan Santana won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time it was reported that the time table for rehab was 24 weeks and that he could throw at 20 weeks. That would have had him throwing — not pitching — in mid-February.  As such, it seemed…

  20. UPDATE: GMs favor an additional wild card, best of three wild card playoff round

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    UPDATE: Some hate it. Some like it. But MLB is more likely to expand the playoffs in 2012 as opposed to next season, according to the Associated Press. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president of labor relations, explained earlier this afternoon that adding another wild card team would be “a difficult trick to pull off”…

  21. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Wrapup

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Richard

    I had a lot of fun running down the best and worst looks of all 30 teams.  If anyone can think of any other silly offseason time-killers, by all means, let me know.  In the meantime, at the request of many, what follows are links to all 30 of the uniform rundowns: NATIONAL LEAGUE Phillies,…

  22. The Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    UPDATE: The trade is a done deal: Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.  Really not much of a haul for the Marlins given what Uggla brings to the table. And while, sure, Uggla has some defensive issues and is only under team control for one year, this is not a…

  23. The Rangers went to visit Cliff Lee yesterday

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a contingent from the Rangers flew to Arkansas yesterday to meet with Cliff Lee. But wait! I thought he wasn’t listening! I thought he was in a duck blind somewhere, thinking about anything other than baseball. But I guess this is just arms race stuff, what…

  24. An update on Joe Ricketts pursuit of public funding for the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.  It’s not official or anything, but that’s the buzz. Also, he points me to this comment from the Huffington Post, in which Brian Baker of Taxpayers Against Earmarks says…

  25. Adrian Gonzalez on his future: “I’m not in control. God is.”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    I really like Adrian Gonzalez. And yes, I appreciate that he has a closer connection to San Diego than a lot of star players have to the teams they end up leaving in free agency. But I really do wish that he — and any other player in his position would stop saying things like…

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