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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Silly things I’ve heard this morning

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:07 PM EST

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    There’s always a bunch of crazy stuff spewed out there when a big deal goes down.  Heck, I spew half of it. Here’s a list of the silly things I’ve heard in the 12 hours since the Cliff Lee deal was announced, both on Twitter and in comments to our various Cliff Lee posts: “Cliff…

  2. Not so fast on that “best rotation of all time” business

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Braves rotation

    Last night, in an admitted fit of hyperbole and sleep-deprivation, I wrote that the 2011 Phillies may be better than those Braves rotations of the 1990s.  I still think such a thing is possible inasmuch as it would not take a career year from each and every one of them to match what the 1997…

  3. Anyone wanna see a Mets reporter in a Speedo?

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Phelps speedo

    Note: you may not want to go to Port St. Lucie in February and March. Why? Because Andy Martino, who covers the Mets for the New York Daily News, and who used to cover the Phillies, has a promise to keep.  From a report he made from the Winter Meetings last week: Here’s some of…

  4. Cliff Lee did not leave a ton of money on the table

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    stack of money

    UPDATE:  I somehow missed a Jerry Crasnick tweet on this that said that the Phillies offer had either a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016 or a $12.5 million buyout.  If so, that makes the Phillies deal that much better. In fact, it probably makes it better than the Yankees’ deal in absolute terms as…

  5. The winners and losers of the Cliff Lee deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:18 AM EST

    Aces

    The easy answer is that the Phillies and their fans are the biggest winners here. That goes without saying and explanation, I hope. But let’s look at the others in this epic story to see who comes out ahead and who comes out behind by Cliff Lee joining the Phillies: WINNERS Ruben Amaro: I said…

  6. UPDATE: Blanton to the Red Sox may not be happening

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:09 AM EST

    blanton

    UPDATE: Now ESPN Boston and the Boston Globe are hearing that a Joe Blanton deal is not close and may not, in fact, happen. For the next 24 hours, I think baseball is going to be like the people of Los Angeles in the movie “1941.”  Panicking. Seeing things behind every corner. Americans fighting Americans.…

  7. Oh look. The Mystery Team got its man

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:43 AM EST

    mystery man

    Yesterday Jon Heyman said there was a “Mystery Team” in on Cliff Lee. Many mocked, but we mocked harder than anyone. Indeed, if you do a Google search for “Heyman Cliff Lee Mystery Team,” HardballTalk posts take the top three spots. And you know what happened next. There was a Mystery Team. And it actually signed the…

  8. Quote of the Day: the New York Yankees didn’t want Cliff Lee anyway. Right.

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:31 AM EST

    sour grapes

    This comes from an anonymous New York Yankee official quoted by the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand in the wake of the Cliff Lee deal: “Anybody who would leave $50M on the table obviously doesn’t want to pitch in New York. Thank God we found out in time.” That might be the most ridiculous quote I’ve…

  9. So: how good is the Phillies rotation?

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:19 AM EST

    H20

    Halladay. Lee. Hamels. Oswalt. And whoever. I’m not going to waste your time with wondering whether that’s the best rotation in the game today, because it clearly is. Any arguable next-best rotation probably has one guy who would crack that top four, and if you think otherwise, you’re dreaming.  No, we need to go with…

  10. Cliff Lee is going to the Phillies. What do the Yankees do now?

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:37 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    It’s not just a Yankees world in which we’re all living, but in this case, the implications for the Bombers losing out on Cliff Lee are the most interesting.  Philly? Heck, print up their NL East championship t-shirts already.  The Rangers? They seem like they felt they were out of it for a week now,…

  11. A series of very sad tweets by Jose Canseco

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    Canseco testifying

    Jose Canseco has taken to Twitter the past few days, talking about his desire to play baseball again. Among the more notable tweets: I can dh for any major league team and lead the league in home runs,just give me the chance I will show everyone that steroids are completely overrated once I get the…

  12. Sandy Alderson puts Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo on notice

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:04 PM EST

    alderson at podium

    Sandy Alderson was on WFAN this afternoon, and he had this to say about Mets’ fans least favorite Mets: Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo: “If they don’t earn their way on the team, they won’t be on the team” It’s a transition year for the Mets. In some ways that’s a bad thing because it…

  13. Jayson Stark thinks the Phillies might be the “mystery team” interested in Cliff Lee

    Dec 13, 2010, 4:28 PM EST

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    We’ve had great fun today with Jon Heyman’s mystery team, but the nagging thought remains: what if there actually is a mystery team? To be clear: even if a new team interested in Cliff Lee’s services emerges beyond the Yankees and the Rangers, Heyman is not vindicated.  His peddling of “mystery team” reports appears to…

  14. I want some Atlanta Braves-branded Kattobashi

    Dec 13, 2010, 3:58 PM EST

    Chopsticks

    More news that is not Cliff Lee-related: Hundreds of baseball bats are broken by pro baseball players over the course of a season in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The bits & pieces don’t go to waste, however, instead being reborn into cool chopsticks carrying NPB team names, colors and logos. They’re called “Kattobashi,” a play on…

  15. The White Sox sign Brian Bruney

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Brian Bruney

    The Chicago White Sox signed reliever Brian Bruney to a minor league contract. He had a 7.64 ERA for the Nationals this past season and no one else gave him a shot once they dumped him, so I can see why the White Sox wanted to get this one nailed down before Christmas. I dunno, maybe…

  16. Baseball’s average salary exceeds $3 million for the first time

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Money Bag

    The Associated Press reports that the average salary in Major League Baseball has surpassed $3 million for the first time.  Here’s a breakdown of the average salaries and minimum salaries in Major League Baseball going back to 1967.  Two thoughts: 1) I remember back in the 80s when Sports Illustrated ran a story with all…

  17. Zack Greinke will not be the Yankees’ “Plan B”

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

    Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Buster Olney passes along word that, in the event the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they will likely not pursue Zack Greinke as a “Plan B,” which is what many have assumed they’d do. Buster doesn’t say why, but I assume it has to do with the concerns about his makeup/anxiety disorder and, oh yeah, the…

  18. The Mets name their coaching staff

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    Mookie Wilson

    I feel like we’ve reported on this multiple times already, but now it’s finally offical. The Mets have named their coaching staff: Dave Hudgens is the hitting coach, Ken Oberkfell is the bench coach, Mookie Wilson as first base coach, Chip Hale as third base coach, Dan Warthen is the pitching coach and Jon Debus as bullpen…

  19. The Yankees are close to landing Russell Martin

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:58 AM EST

    Russell Martin mask

    I can’t remember the last time so much has been said so early in the offseason about so minor a free agent as Russell Martin, but I guess that’s what happens when Boston and New York get involved.  The latest: Buster Olney says that he believes the Yankees will soon reach an agreement with Russell Martin.*…

  20. The Dodgers are in discussions with Bill Hall

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    Bill Hall, Dallas Braden

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to Bill Hall, late of the Red Sox, about coming west to be their everyday left fielder. Hall is a useful guy to have around as long as you’re not paying him extravagantly.  His bat can’t carry left field — he hit .247/.316/.456 last season and that…

  21. The Rangers are going after Adrian Beltre. Have they lost out on Cliff Lee?

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:54 AM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Karl Ravech — via a tweet from Buster Olney — reports that the Texas Rangers are “moving aggressively” on Adrian Beltre.  Which suggests that they think they’re not going to get Cliff Lee, as there is no way Texas can sign both of them.  Earlier this morning we heard reports that the Yankees have been in…

  22. Must-click link: How the Red Sox landed Carl Crawford

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Click Here large

    Great story over at Comcast New England today going behind the scenes of the Carl Crawford signing and explaining how Theo got his man. Among the highlights: While meeting with Crawford and his agents, the Red Sox cited J.D. Drew as a player with an aversion to the spotlight who could nonetheless “thrive in Boston.”…

  23. Was Jayson Werth a better signing for Washington than Carl Crawford was for Boston?

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:42 AM EST

    Carl Crawford

    It seems crazy to suggest that the Werth signing was better than the Crawford signing but, as reader Jack Marshall pointed out to me over the weekend, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does: With the $142 million deal they gave to Carl Crawford, who has spent nine seasons proving that Fenway Park damages every part…

  24. Blogger admits mistake; apologizes

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Murray Chass

    It’s always good to see bloggers be accountable for their mistakes. Even when the blogger doesn’t believe that he’s actually a blogger. Here’s Murray Chass, explaining his post in which he slammed Tom Verducci for voting against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame, even though Verducci voted for him: When I reported his alleged…

  25. Even the government now believes that the 2004 drug test seizure was illegal

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    syringe

    In case you missed it over the weekend, the feds have agreed not to appeal the ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids back in 2004.  Welcome news, even if it’s too late for Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and the other 101 players who still…

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