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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Carl Crawford will be thanked

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Remember how the guys from DRaysBay were trying to collect money to create and place an ad in the Tampa Bay Times saying thank you to Carl Crawford for all of his years of service to Rays Nation?  Well, they did it.  Here’s what it looks like.  Here’s the DraysBay guys’ thank you to the…

  2. Joe Mauer had knee surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    MLB.com says that Joe Mauer underwent minor surgery on his left knee this week. I didn’t know he needed it, but apparently it was no big deal: just some inflammation build-up. He’s expected to be  good to go once spring training starts. While we’re in Minnesota, I would just like to note that I could not…

  3. Feliciano to get a two-year, $8 million deal from the Yankees

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Yankees have their LOOGY.  Or almost have him. Heyman reports that New York is on the verge of signing Pedro Feliciano to a two-year deal. He’d make $4 million a year. There’s also an option, which I presume would be a team option, but it’s unclear at the moment. Bob Klapisch was the first…

  4. Brandon Webb wants to be the last boy in the bar

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    Resolved: the closer it gets to last call, the more attractive that guy at the end of the bar appears to be (or that girl, depending on your predilections).  Brandon Webb and his wonky shoulder are apparently counting on that: According to a baseball source, Washington continues to be in the mix to acquire right-hander Brandon…

  5. Private businesses in Tampa are going to look into a new Rays ballpark in 2011

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is going to spend much of 2011 looking at new stadium options for the Rays.  The key: they’re going to focus on private, rather than public financing options. My observations of chambers of commerce closer to my own home suggest that when a group of private, up-by-their-own-bootstraps entrepreneurs get together and…

  6. Nobody knows Zack Greinke

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    I’ve written a lot recently about how no one can simply assume that Zack Greinke’s history with anxiety disorder makes him unsuitable for pitching in New York. Indeed, it could easily be the opposite — he’s at his best when he’s successful and at his worst when facing adversity — and thus the winning and…

  7. I am genuinely worried about Jose Canseco

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:29 AM EDT

    Canseco book

    I continue to watch Jose Canseco’s online meltdown. And as I said the other day, I don’t do so for mocking purposes. I’m genuinely worried about the guy. If you had a friend who spoke frequently about regret and anger and desperation the way Canseco has in the past week, you’d try to get them…

  8. Edgar Renteria is insulted by the Giants’ offer

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:14 AM EDT

    Renteria running

    Noted: ballplayers don’t necessarily appreciate that postseason heroics are often flukey things that don’t serve as a fair representation of their current value. Case in point: Edgar Renteria’s response to the Giants’ offer of one year, $1 million: “That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect. To play for a million…

  9. Comment of the Day: Yes, Tim Raines is a Hall-of-Famer edition

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    In response to my inclusion of Tim Raines on my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot: does anyone realize that apart from his 5 really good years of 1983-1987, tim raines looks a lot more like marquis grissom than he does rickey henderson??  5 seasons does not make a hall of fame career. This is why…

  10. UPDATE: The Twins have a deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    nishioka throwing

    UPDATE: Heyman says the deal is done: three years, plus an option for “about $10 mil.”  He adds that Nishioka could play second base or shortstop.  Guess it depends on whether the Twins would rather play Alexi Casilla at second or short. 9:30 AM: Heyman says the deal is a three-year deal plus an option year,…

  11. The Indians unveil their Bob Feller memorial patch

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    As far as memorial patches go, this one is pretty sweet. Let’s just not dwell on the fact that they probably had it designed and in the can some time ago to be able to roll it out 18 hours after his death:  

  12. UPDATE: Yankees downplay the Rafael Soriano thing. Not that it doesn’t make sense.

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    UPDATE: Not so fast on the Soriano stuff.  Mark Feinsand just spoke to a Yankees official and he downplayed the idea, saying “the price is going to be too high.”  And it will be too high, objectively speaking, for a setup man.  But it’s not like the Yankees (a) couldn’t use the help in the…

  13. Where do PEDs fit in the Hall of Fame debate?

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Rafael Palmeiro

    I’m pretty sure I’ve written a post along these lines before, but a reader asked me about it in the comments to my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot post — and the issue of PEDs and the Hall of Fame are going to come up again as more and more writers reveal their 2011 ballots…

  14. Report: Bobby Jenks agrees to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Buster Olney says it’s done: Bobby Jenks has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox.  This came out of left field. Significance: once again the Red Sox have beat their AL East rivals this offseason, as both New York  and Tampa Bay were obviously looking to upgrade their bullpens and…

  15. The Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth $60-61 million. Hurm.  Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. At the time it seemed like he was kind of nuts to do…

  16. Jayson Werth just ensured that Philly fans overrun Nationals Park again

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember last year how Phillies fans came down to Washington en masse for a couple of series against the Nationals?  About how no one in Washington except the accountants were happy with it?  About how it was a symbol of just how bad Nationals baseball was that fans from an opposing team would travel and…

  17. The Mets are mulling a multi-year deal for R.A. Dickey. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    This is not news in the sense that something has happened. Nothing has happened yet, actually.  The Daily News is reporting that the Mets are considering whether to offer R.A. Dickey multiple years or give the arbitration-eligible pitcher a one-year deal.  I’m sure this mulling has been occurring since soon after Alderson was hired. What I…

  18. The Cleveland Plain Dealer does right by Bob Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Beyond reserving the largest fonts for the beginning and the end of World Wars, I have no idea what goes into a newspaper’s decisions on how big headlines should be, what stories should appear above the fold or any of that. But I do know this:  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s decision to put their Bob Feller story…

  19. The Yankees are close to signing Pedro Feliciano

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Bob Klapisch reports that the Yankees are “getting close” on Pedro Feliciano, who called the Mets’ bullpen home for most of the last nine seasons. Feliciano, who is 34, has pitched in a metric butt-load of games over the past five years.  He shuts down lefties, though, to the tune of .214/.282/.297 for his career.…

  20. It’s musical chairs for teams pursuing Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Padres are pursuing both Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee. Two seats, three teams playing the game. I guess it’s a shame that Lance Berkman thought it was a good idea to become a right fielder, because then everyone could have their second-tier first baseman. As it is,…

  21. How Kristen Lee and the kids influenced Cliff Lee’s decision

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    There’s a good story over at Philly.com — pointed out to me by Jonny 5 — talking to the Lee family about what went into the decision to go back to the Phillies.  Kristen Lee plays down the anti-New York stuff that popped up a couple of months ago.  The image of a couple of…

  22. My (imaginary) Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bagwell

    No one asked and fewer care, but since I will probably continue to critique, praise and analyze Hall of Fame ballots of others, I may as well make it clear who I would support if I had the franchise.  Here would be my guys this year: Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Tim…

  23. A.J. Burnett is not happy with Colin Cowherd

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A. J. Burnett waves his glove to the cheering crowd as he leaves the field after being removed against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Yesterday, big-time talk radio host Colin Cowherd claimed that A.J. Burnett went through a nasty divorce last season and implied that led to his trouble on the mound. Cowherd said: “A.J. Burnett went through a terrible divorce and he still might (be) going through it. His wife was vindictive and spiteful. I don’t even feel comfortable…

  24. There was no one like Rapid Robert Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:53 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Joe Posnanski has the best Bob Feller obituary. Even as people write a bunch more over the coming days, Posnanski’s will be the best because that’s just how it goes when (a) you’re the best sports writer in the business; and (b) you grew up in Cleveland, steeped in Bob Feller as Joe did and…

  25. A lot of relievers are getting three-year deals. That’s a bit scary.

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    UPDATE: Cameron expands on his analysis of multi-year deals for relievers here. 6:09 AM: It always takes a while for teams to turn to the bullpen during the offseason, but when they do, they tend to do it all at once. And it was certainly a big day for relief pitcher signings and rumors yesterday.…

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