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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Did Chuck Greenberg undermine Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels?

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    Interesting angle on the Rangers’ pursuit of Cliff Lee from Evan Grant today. He thinks Chuck Greenberg “made what could be a very dangerous spur-of-the-moment decision,” in getting involved in the Lee negotiations directly, effectively overruling and undercutting team President Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels who had made it clear as of Wednesday that…

  2. And now for some Winter Meetings flavor

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

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    Two writers I met and hung out with at the Winter Meetings were Eno Sarris of FanGraphs and Rotoworld (and several other sites) and Amanda Rykoff of espnW.  Both were cool people in person, and both have some sharp and funny observations about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Winter Meetings today: Eno breaks down the…

  3. The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Kevin Gregg

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year). Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year.…

  4. Russell Martin is leaning toward the Red Sox

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:09 PM EST

    martin in catching gear

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News passes along word that Russell Martin, though considering offers from the Jays, Yankees and Red Sox, is leaning towards accepting the Red Sox offer. I assume the reason for this is that he thinks he has a better chance of getting playing time in front of Saltalamaccia and Varitek…

  5. Here’s what I think happens with Cliff Lee

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    I don’t just sit and pontificate about free agent or trade destinations very often, but it’s a slow day, so here goes: I predict that the Yankees are going to get Cliff Lee, with Lee selecting the seven-year deal off that “menu” of offers the Yankees are reported to have given him; I predict that…

  6. Quote of the Day: Seven-year contract offer edition

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Some words of wisdom on the, er, wisdom of a seven-year deal from a quite unlikely source.

  7. Would Cliff Lee’s salary be “off the books” in Texas?

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Buster Olney raises an interesting point in his column today. One I’ve never really heard about or considered: that a team like the Rangers may, in effect, consider Cliff Lee’s salary separate and apart from the rest of the payroll: I’ve heard of situations where an owner will tell his general manager that he —…

  8. The Rays are interested in Jason Giambi

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    The Red Sox have added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The Yankees have locked up their core players and may have Cliff Lee shortly.  Think the Rays are worried? Ha! Think again: Hearing that the Rays have expressed interest in Jason Giambi. I know that he wants to continue playing. That settles it. If Tampa…

  9. My daughter doesn’t like baseball geeks

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    In which my daughter — who I call Mookie, because it makes her angry — tells me what she thinks of baseball geeks.

  10. Does signing a PED-connected player raise “ethical issues?”

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:57 AM EST

    alderson at podium

    It seems that Sandy Alderson was asked by reporters yesterday if signing catcher Ronny Paulino was an “ethical and public relations” problem in light of Paulino’s suspension for taking a banned stimulant last year. Not surprisingly, Alderson said no, it was not. People can ask what they want to ask of course, but I don’t…

  11. Source: The Rays and Cubs are talking about a Matt Garza trade

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Matt Garza throwing

    Did I say I was saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings? Well, sure, but they’re more a state of mind than an actual location anyway, so I can pass along some buzz I just heard from a major league source:  The Cubs and Rays are discussing a Matt Garza trade. I know some have discounted…

  12. Saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    The team executives and agents have made their escape from the Dolphin Resort and the Winter Meetings are winding to a close.  I have a plane to catch and a couple of kids to see this evening. The hot stove roller coaster is not going to stop, but I need to jump off for now.…

  13. Pete Rose would like to tell you something about Joe DiMaggio

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Joe DiMaggio

    So, Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio are in the jungle in Vietnam, and DiMaggio decides he needs to take a shower … No, that’s not the intro to a joke.  It happened. Pete Rose said it did.  And even though it’s a true story and not a joke, it does have some punchline.  Why Pete…

  14. The Astros sign Ryan Rowland-Smith

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    Ryan Rowland-Smith

    We interrupt the crazy Cliff Lee/Carl Crawford/Adrian Beltre chatter to tell you that the Astros have signed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. That from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Yes, we realize that this isn’t an Earth-shattering signing, but it’s nice to have a transaction that doesn’t invoke the name of large, monied east coast teams. Rowland-Smith had…

  15. The Angels are in on Cliff Lee too; Rangers to pay him a visit

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Cliff Lee talking

    It’s not just the Yankees: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels — now free from the burden of having to pay Carl Crawford! — are bidding on Cliff Lee. There’s not a ton of context to this and it’s hard to tell if it’s serious interest or, like Boston’s, merely head games, but the Angels…

  16. So: is the Carl Crawford deal actually, you know, a good one?

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The shock of the Carl Crawford signing cannot be overstated. Everyone assumed that the Angels had him locked up. The Red Sox really just swooped in at the last minute and destroyed the competition for the guy with those seven years and that $142 million. No, they didn’t literally swoop, but it was about as…

  17. I went to the Rule 5 Draft and it was OK

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    mystery man

    The Rule 5 Draft is one of the bigger agenda items at the Winter Meetings. Big in the sense that it’s in the biggest room they have here, everyone goes to it and, unlike so many of the other official events, it’s one of the things that people may talk about throughout the season when…

  18. Steve Garvey would like to buy the Dodgers

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Steve Garvey

    This is rich: Steve Garvey, who famously got into all kinds of financial difficulties a few years ago — and who has had multiple paternity suits filed against him — wants to rescue the Dodgers.  He says he has an investment group that will take the team off Frank McCourt’s hands and place Garvey in…

  19. The Rockies want to give Carlos Gonzalez a $100 million+ extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:52 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies would like to give Carlos Gonzalez a six or seven-year deal, which would likely cost the team something like $100 million. That directly from team owner Dick Monfort: “Why? Well, I haven’t talked directly with Carlos, but I know he likes it here. And as…

  20. The Phillies sign reliever Dennys Reyes

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    Lost in all of the big Melky Cabrera (and Carl Crawford) news last night was word that the Phillies signed lefty Dennys Reyes to a one-year deal.  It’s for $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012. More important: this deal fills the Phillies’ roster spot dedicated to relief pitchers with a troublesome and…

  21. Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:52 AM EST

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    Whew! Just woke up. So sad about it too because I was having a great dream. Dayton Moore signed — get this — Melky Cabrera. I know. Crazy!  Almost as crazy as someone actually reporting on someone’s death before knowing for sure that the person is dead. And that would never happen! Oh well, back…

  22. Everyone thinks Carl Crawford is going to the Angels

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:56 PM EST

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Yes, he dined with the Yankees, and sure, anyone can swoop in if they wanted to, but Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that two sources close to Carl Crawford are saying that he’s going to the Angels. Which, for what it’s worth, a lot of people are saying down here in Orlando. Saxson…

  23. Reader Dissent: “Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool”

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    Marx Lennon

    This is in response to the Luke Scott stuff, obviously. And I disagree with it even if the reader is 66% correct in his first sentence: Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool.  You certainly are not qualified to comment on anyone’s beliefs, even those that aren’t part of the orchestrated drivel the “news”…

  24. The Dodgers were named the best organization in baseball

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    And you thought the Gold Glove awards were screwy: the Dodgers were just named the Topps Organization of the Year. The Topps award is given to club that “has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.” I guess that technically doesn’t include the owners’ suite, but can you imagine…

  25. The Orioles issue a statement about Luke Scott being a wacko birther

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    Obama Birth Certificate

    The Baltimore Orioles issued a statement this afternoon in response to the multimedia freakout that has gone down in the wake of Luke Scott saying that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization. The fact is that Barack Obama is our…

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