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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

  2. The Brewers make Ron Roenicke’s hiring official

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Brewers beat reporter of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It’s official: Ron Roenicke is the next Milwaukee Brewers field manager. The Brewers made the announcement Thursday morning and planned to introduce Roenicke, 54, at…

  3. How surprising were the Giants?

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised…

  4. Yu Darvish is coming to the United States . . . in 2012

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    People have been getting rather excited over the possibility of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish coming to America for some time.  Recently we learned that, nope, it won’t be in 2011.  David Lennon of Newsday reports however that it will happen in 2012. Interesting, I suppose, but one of the biggest knocks on Darvish is that…

  5. Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave…

  6. Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out: Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it? A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said…

  7. The Mets slash ticket prices

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Mets attendance went way down in 2010, and the team has reacted: they’ve lowered ticket prices.  Season tickets are a flat 10% off. Given how many categories of tickets any given ballpark has it’s complicated beyond that — big cuts for some categories of seats, slight increases for others — but the team says that…

  8. Ron Roenicke: an inspiring choice for the Brewers

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Great story by Adam McCalvy at MLB.com about Ron Roenicke, who will soon take over the Brewers.  Seems that in the aftermath of Nick Adenhart’s death last year, Roenicke was instrumental in helping to pull the team together. He particularly impressed Scott Boras, Adenhart’s agent, who was in the clubhouse along with Adenhart’s father and…

  9. The Giants had a big parade

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    The Giants had their victory parade in San Francisco, and it seemed pretty nuts by victory parade standards.  It’s always hard to estimate this stuff — and estimates always seem to err on the ridiculously high side — but the Chronicle said that hundreds of thousands lined the parade route. Random tweets and things from…

  10. The Washington Nationals get less scrappy

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Or maybe gritty. Each apply to offensively-deficient white middle infielders.  They’re certainly both terms that have been applied to Adam Kennedy, who will no longer be a Washington National now that they have declined his 2011 option. No surprise here of course, as he would have cost the Nats $2 million next year, when he’d…

  11. Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal. Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a…

  12. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    This one, from Time Magazine’s blog, is more specific: how to fix the World Series.  The only problem it identifies is low TV ratings which, as we’ve gone on and on about, mean very little in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a slow day, so let’s play along: The first suggestion: don’t schedule…

  13. The Braves claim Joe Mather off waivers from St. Louis

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    This is not exactly how I envisioned Atlanta fixing its outfield problem: the Braves claimed OF Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals. He hit a lusty.217 with three RBI in 60 at-bats with the Cardinals last year. OK, I’m just being grumpy. I know that the Braves don’t think of him as a starter.…

  14. Derek Jeter, six-year deals, and how HBT makes sense of the hot stove rumor mill

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman is reporting that Derek Jeter is asking for a six year deal. Oh noes! That’s crazy!  But hey, before we get into this, let me say a few words to those of you who weren’t reading HBT last winter — or those of you who forgot — about how we deal with rumors…

  15. The Reds exercise Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Bonson Arroyo’s $11 million option has been exercised by the Reds.  He also says that Walt Jocketty wouldn’t mind tearing that up and negotiating a long term deal. If, two years ago, you would have asked me for any one prediction about the winter of 2010-11, it would have been that…

  16. Johan Santana moves to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    A year ago,  Johan Santana was accused of rape. The police investigated, found the accuser’s statements “to be inconsistent with that of other witnesses” and declined to file charges.  Back in August, Santana’s accuser filed a civil suit in Florida.  Santana is now asking that it be dismissed. Why? Because the accuser filed it anonymously,…

  17. Former Yankees manager Clyde King dies

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Calling Clyde King a “former Yankees manager” is pretty damn misleading actually, but I couldn’t think of a better headline.  Fact is, King only managed the Yankees for part of one season, leading the Bombers for 62 games in 1982. A season in which three different men managed the team at the height of George…

  18. Vote on the top 60 Topps cards of all time

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    The good folks at Topps would like you help celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary by voting on the top 60 cards of all time.  And it’s a really cool interface, with nice pics of baseball cards you either remember having or coveting at one point or another. Total time suck. The only problem: way, way,…

  19. The Mets will begin interviewing potential managers tomorrow

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Troubling innuendo aside, the Mets are expected to start interviewing managerial candidates this week, Wally Backman included. That according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Chip Hale is also expected to be interviewed this week. Backman and Hale are both internal candidates, of course.  There are several other internal guys such as…

  20. Arizona taxpayers to give the Cubs a new spring training facility

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    In an election year that allegedly stood for the proposition that government needs to stop its careless, spendthrift ways, the citizens of Mesa, Arizona decided to give the Chicago Cubs a total blank check for the construction of a new spring training facility: On Tuesday, Mesa voters overwhelmingly approved of the City of Mesa’s $99…

  21. If Zack Greinke gets traded, it won’t be to New York

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    There has been a lot of speculation that Zack Greinke, who has a history of some serious anxiety problems, wouldn’t do well in New York. Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Greinke feels the same way about the matter and that there would be “no chance”  that he would accept a trade to New York. Greinke…

  22. The Giants have a lot of decisions ahead

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are going to take all of the time available to them — all the way to the midnight deadline tomorrow night — to decide what to do with Edgar Renteria’s option.  It’s a $10 million option with a $500,000 buyout.  I was of the impression…

  23. Adam Rubin: “the Mets know things” about Wally Backman

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    This is . . . odd.  Matthew Cerrone passes along word that, in a chat yesterday, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin responded to reader questions about Wally Backman by saying that “the Mets know things [about Backman] that are not circulated and don’t feel comfortable.”  Then he went on and said that sometimes reporters “hear…

  24. Now your team can sign Kyle Farnsworth, Rick Ankiel

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Kyle Farnsworth

    It’s not nice to horde all the good things in the world, so kudos to the Braves for selflessly allowing all the other baseball teams the opportunity to have Kyle Fanrsworth and Rick Ankiel on their roster by declining to exercise their options.  Don’t cry for them, though: they each get six-figure buyouts, which is…

  25. Coco Crisp’s option is being picked up by the A’s

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    Behold the future of baseball reporting: Coco Crisp tweets his own contract status, telling the world that the A’s are picking up his option.  He says he’s happy about it.  Of course, in the very next tweet he says he’s happy about having season tickets to the Los Angeles Clippers, so the dude obviously has…

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