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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Francoeur to Philly? Burrell to Atlanta? Speculation for now, but let’s make this happen!

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Last thing I take out of that Rosenthal column* this morning: One potential landing spot for Jeff Francoeur: Philadelphia . . . The Braves, again seeking outfield help, are among the clubs that could take a look at Pat Burrell. Before anyone goes nuts, remember: there’s a difference between an actual rumor and a reporter…

  2. The Reds, Bronson Arroyo might ink a deal this week. Votto, Bruce and Volquez to come?

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Boy, Rosenthal is chock full-o-rumorly goodness this morning, isn’t he? After the Uggla and Boras stuff, he passes along word that the Reds and Bronson Arroyo will likely do a two-year deal this week. Actually a three-year deal, as Arroyo’s $13 million option for 2011 — which has already been picked up — would wrapped…

  3. Be skeptical of “Team X is wary of Scott Boras” articles

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    During free agency season you often hear a lot of sentences with the clause ” . . . but he’s a Scott Boras client, so . . .”  And it’s a good point to make for free agents, because negotiations with Scott Boras are different. They take longer for one thing, because he almost always…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Cell Phone

    A quick look back at the baseball stuff you missed while paying entirely too much attention to the lesser sports.

  5. Dan Uggla reportedly rejects a four year, $48 million offer

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Last week we heard a report that the Marlins had an offer on the table to Dan Uggla. All we knew at the time was that the first year offered only a $200,000 raise for the arbitration-eligible Uggla. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it was a better overall deal than that suggested: four years, $48…

  6. Ballparks > fire departments

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today talking about how municipalities are less eager to fund ballpark projects now than they used to be. Convenient, I guess, in that nearly every major league and AAA baseball team in America has gotten a new park in the last 20 years or so, but whatever.…

  7. Does the Giants World Series win mean anything for Oakland’s move to San Jose?

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    This story is a couple of days old — I missed it among the dozens of articles about the actual World Series — but the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how the Giants winning the World Series might be good for the A’s designs on San Jose: At least one expert Monday said the…

  8. Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.” I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that…

  9. Some team needs to fire their GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    From Ken Rosenthal’s latest column speculating on the Yankees’ plans this winter: One rival GM actually believes the Yankees’ rather public obsession with Lee is a ruse, that they secretly want Tampa Bay Rays free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, 29, instead. There is zero evidence, mind you, to support such a contention. The Yankees love left…

  10. The Nationals will pursue Brandon Webb

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    webb1

    A pursuit, eh? Hopefully he’ll try to get away by swimming. With that shoulder, they’ll surely catch up to him fast! The Nationals will be one of several teams to pursue Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and former Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb, according to someone close to the Nationals. Webb, 31, ranked third in the…

  11. Jim Leyritz broke down in court yesterday

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Leyrtiz in court

    I’ve not been following everything that’s been going on in Jim Leyritz’s trial, but a couple notable things happened this week: On Tuesday, the defense was able to ask a coworker of the victim’s how much she had been drinking before she drove off and, ultimately, got into the accident. A lot, it seems!  Only…

  12. The Phillies wisely raise ticket prices

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument.  That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase.  Tickets are…

  13. The nuns get their Honus Wagner dough

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Remember those nuns who were selling the Honus Wagner card?  Well, they got $262,000 for it. Best part: the guys delivering the money from the sale made it all the way to Daley Plaza in time to deposit it despite the fact that they were 106 miles away, it was dark and they were wearing…

  14. Can we please remember for a second that Derek Jeter is, first and foremost, a baseball player?

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    Image (1) jeterap2.jpg for post 3593

    I’m not sure what to make of Derek Jeter’s total value. That is, his value as both a baseball player and a piece of marketing and good will and all of that. And those are the terms in which his current contractual situation are being played out. There’s just so much uncertainty there. I think…

  15. The Rockies will be watching this week’s NC State-Clemson game closely

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    And hoping for no injuries at all. Why? Because the starting quarterback of each team — Kyle Parker for Clemson and Russell Wilson for the Wolfpack — is a Rockies prospect. Naturally, the better football prospect (Wilson) is the worse baseball prospect. I think it would be hard to figure out what to do if…

  16. Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson Reds uni

    My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  17. World Series games were way shorter this year

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The USA Today reports that, on average, World Series games were 25 minutes shorter than last year’s games between the Phillies and the Yankees. The story credits MLB’s efforts at speeding the game along, but does anyone really believe that was the biggest difference? Seems to me that the biggest difference was (a) good pitching…

  18. How is the league going to crack down on “mystery team” reports?

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In addition to shortening the period in which a free agent’s current team gets exclusive negotiation rights, the September agreement between the union and the league sought to impose “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media.” What that means is anyone’s…

  19. Jesus Montero to get a chance at the Yankees’ starting catching job. Maybe.

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that the Yankees are going to give 21-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero a chance to win the starting gig.  He notes that there are still reservations about his defense but, man, Jorge Posada, y’all.  How bad could Montero be by comparison? Steve S. at TYU has the more…

  20. Adrian Gonzalez is as good as gone

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    We all looked kind of silly last winter assuming that Adrian Gonzalez was going to be traded. We never took into account the possibility that the Padres could, you know, win some ballgames. But win they did, and it took Gonzalez right out of the trade speculation pool before the weather got hot.  What’s more,…

  21. Mets clubhouse manager allegedly bet on baseball, stole from the team

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:36 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    That stuff about Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is apparently worse than initially reported. Yesterday the New York Times reported that Samuels’ suspension was due to a probe involving gambling on football. This morning the Daily News reports, however, that he is being investigated in connection with an organized gambling ring that took bets on…

  22. Hugo Chavez to Edgar Renteria: “We beat Bush’s team!”

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks on the phone with Edgar Renteria in Caracas

    This is absolutely delicious. Earlier this week Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had a summit meeting.  As recounted in this BBC report, the meeting was interrupted so Santos could call national hero Edgar Renteria and congratulate him on winning the World Series.  Chavez, a huge baseball fan, spoke with Renteria…

  23. UPDATE: Mets’ clubhouse manager suspended because of federal gambling probe

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Well, we have an update now: Michael S. Schmidt of the New York times reports that Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was suspended — and will likely be fired — because he has been tied to a federal investigation into illegal gambling.  The gambling involves football, naturally.  And you thought the only crime that…

  24. “Tie goes to the runner, dude!” Or . . . maybe not

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Tie goes to the runner

    During one of the playoff live chats — I can’t remember which one — there was a lively argument about the old “tie goes to the runner” rule.  I can’t remember who was arguing, but I’m pretty sure it was some of you Phillies people, because I recall the argument being shrill and emotional. I…

  25. Quote of the Day: Albert Pujols

    Nov 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Normally “Quote of the Day” is for something someone said that is either funny, outrageous or thought provoking.” Not today. Today it’s for the bleedin’ obvious.

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