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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: OK, now the Nats and Lee are talking

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    UPDATE: I’m just going to stop updating this Cliff Lee stuff, because it’s changing too fast: now it’s being reported that the Nationals and Lee are “maintaining a dialogue.” Still, Lee’s agent is saying that a deal is unlikely this week, so take it all for what it’s worth. 11:57 A.M.: Well, there goes our…

  2. Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

    Casey McGehee

    Even though we’re in the middle of Winter Meetings hysteria, there’s still plenty of time to pay attention to the sorts of matters which normally occupy this blog. For example: have you heard that Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life? [Barry] Meister said he also now is representing Brewers third baseman…

  3. Breaking: Judge rules for Jamie McCourt; the Dodgers are community property

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    The Judge in the McCourt divorce case has ruled.  The post-nuptial agreement entered into between Frank and Jamie McCourt is invalid. Jamie wins. The Dodgers are community property. Frank has made every indication that he’s going to appeal, but this is a huge, huge win for Jamie McCourt.  If the appeal is unsuccessful, it likely…

  4. Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    Selig Torre Gaston Piniella

    As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.*  It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen…

  5. UPDATE: The Nats are out of the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    UPDATE II: Never mind. Seems the Nats are out. UPDATE: All kinds of mixed news on this Cliff Lee/Nats stuff. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, according to a Major League source, the Nationals are going to offer Lee a seven year deal and that the Yankees will not go seven.  Adam Kilgore…

  6. The BBWAA honors Bill Conlin; shoots down cool idea for a reliever award

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:55 AM EST

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Baseball Writers Association of America had their big annual meeting this morning.  Two things of note happened: The writers honored Philly writer Bill Conlin with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  This is what people refer to when they say that someone has been elected to the “writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame.”  There…

  7. Dodgers and Vicente Padilla agree on a $2 million deal

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    The Dodgers are close to signing Vicente Padilla to a one-year, $2 million deal. Compared to what some guys are getting this is a bargain. Padilla was injured a lot of last season, but when he pitched he was effective. Padilla will be a swingman next year. Odds are that your team’s swingman will be…

  8. The Rockies sign Ty Wigginton

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles' Ty Wigginton takes off his helmet after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The big money continues to be spread around down here in Orlando. The latest: the Rockies have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Wigginton is a utility guy. Sure, he got a ton of plate appearances last year in Baltimore, but that was because the Garret Atkins experiment didn’t work out.…

  9. Jim Tracy is resting; doctors have ruled out “everything serious”

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who collapsed at the Meetings last night, is reported to be resting comfortably today and doing as well as can be expected. Tracy Ringolsby reports this morning that the doctors “have ruled out everything serious.” While the meetings are a lot of fun and there is a healthy amount…

  10. The Yankees won’t go seven years for Cliff Lee. Would you believe … The Nationals?

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    More word this morning that, contrary to some speculation last night, the Yankees will not offer Cliff Lee a seven-year deal, on the basis that they will not exceed the contract length of the CC Sabathia deal, and that was a six-year thing.  So if there is a team out there willing to go nuts,…

  11. Report: Pujols wants A-Rod money

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:35 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that Albert Pujols — who’s meeting with the Cardinals today — reportedly wants “A-Rod money.” To which I’d say if I were the Cardinals: done. Here: take your ten-years and $275 million and we’ll see you in spring training. Really, even if A-Rod’s contract was an overpay at the time, it’s difficult…

  12. Good morning from Day Two of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:08 AM EST

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    At least I think it’s morning. That ever-increasing light in the sky and the incessantly-beeping clock next to my bed says it’s morning, but my body is screaming at me that I require far more sleep than I just received, so clearly it must me, oh, midnight.  Oh well, the sky and clocks have been…

  13. Jays, Yankees, Red Sox all checking out Russell Martin

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Buster Olney says that, contrary to reports that he’s willing to be a utility guy, Russell Martin intends to be a catcher in 2011.  He also says that the Blue Jays, Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox as possibilities and that they have all examined Martin’s medicals over the last day. Andy Martino says, however, that…

  14. Report: The Red Sox have a tentative contract extension in place for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox have a preliminary agreement to sign Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year $154 million extension. The deal probably won’t be announced until April because of the luxury tax, however. Two observations: If Gonzalez couldn’t bootstrap the Jayson Werth deal into something bigger for himself, there’s no reason to think…

  15. Michael Weiner on the Marvin Miller snub

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Marvin Miller

    MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner perfectly sums up Marvin Miller failing to make the Hall of Fame: Marvin’s legacy is undiminished by this vote; the Hall, by contrast, once again squandered a chance to better itself as an institution. The number one topic of conversation at the Winter Meetings so far is the Jayson Werth…

  16. UPDATE: source close to Pettitte believes he’s coming back

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:22 PM EST

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: I just spoke with a source close to Pettitte. The source — while acknowledging that Pettitte is somewhat unpredictable — believes that Pettitte will be playing in 2011. 3.05 P.M.: Bob Klapisch just tweeted that the Yankees “heard from a friend of Pettite’s that he’s definitely retiring.”  That word came three weeks ago, however,…

  17. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

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    We’ve reached the point of the Winter Meetings when the managers are made available for the media. Ozzie Guillen just got done talking and, not surprisingly, he drew a crowd. Why does he draw a crowd? Because he says stuff like this, when asked for his thoughts on the Jayson Werth contract: I wish I…

  18. Adrian Beltre wants five years, $70 million+

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    beltre with sox

    Buster Olney reports that Adrian Beltre is looking for a five-year deal worth $70 million+. Which does not seem at all unreasonable in this market, frankly.  The A’s reportedly offered the third baseman a five-years and $64 million, but he gave them the cold shoulder and they have ceased their interest. But at, I dunno,…

  19. More than zero teams are interested in Jeff Francoeur

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    I put the headline that way because that’s the real news nugget here. But Jayson Stark says it could be worse: two teams, the Royals and Phillies, are apparently both interested. He says that the Royals have “picked up the pace” on Frenchie. I’m sure cooler heads will prevail, but I can’t envision a situation…

  20. James Loney is available

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EST

    James Loney swinging

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have made James Loney available. There already was a glut of OK-but-nothin’-special first basemen out there, so this only adds to that. Carlos Pena? Adam LaRoche? Derrick Lee? Loney? Take your pick, bargain shoppers. That is, if there is such a thing as a bargain anymore in a…

  21. The Diamondbacks are pursuing Paul Konerko, but don’t worry White Sox fans

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Paul Konerko

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX, the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a pitch for Paul Konerko. This one doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere because (a) the White Sox are scheduled to meet with Konerko today; and (b) a few minutes ago Jerry Reinsdorf said that Konerko “belongs in Chicago.” He also happens to like…

  22. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EST

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  23. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EST

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  24. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  25. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

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