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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Pirates and Orioles compete for Kenshin Kawakami

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Kawakami  throwing

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. Anyway, multiple sources are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are both trying to get Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta. The winner will be determined by which of those teams is willing to take less from the Braves to cover the $6.67 million owed to…

  2. The Royals will pay Francoeur $2.5 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EST

    MLB_Francoeur_250

    Bob Dutton reports the specifics of the Jeff Francoeur deal: $2.5 million with bonuses that could be worth $500,000. There’s also a mutual option for 2012 at $3 million.  He also gets $100 million if he leads the league in walks. OK, maybe not. But I’d put that in there if I was Kansas City…

  3. As usual, Scott Boras draws a crowd

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    Boras in a hallway

    He only represents the third-biggest available free agent at the moment, but Scott Boras still draws a crowd. This was the man holding court, as he does every year, right outside the media room. It was hard to get close, but I heard him say something about 31 or 32 being young these days.  Tune…

  4. Adam LaRoche rumors; or, the Winter Meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    This is pretty much how it goes all week here: Writer A says that the Washington Nationals are poised to sign Adam LaRoche; Writer B says, no, nothing imminent. There are talks, nothing more, and other teams are still interested. Then everyone rushes to see who is listed as LaRoche’s agent in order to try…

  5. Ken Oberkfell to be named Mets bench coach

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Ken Oberkfell

    Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that Ken Oberkfell will be named Mets bench coach. Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008.  He’s a company man who is now…

  6. Shocker: the Royals and Jeff Francoeur are close to a deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur at the paddock before the second race. I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur outside the men’s room before I placed my bet.  I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur before they got up this morning. Now Ken Rosenthal…

  7. Report: the Yankees to offer Cliff Lee six-year deal, worth $140-150 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    The man who has insisted that there are multiple seven-year offers for Cliff Lee — Jon Heyman – reports this morning that, to the extent they exist, they may be mooted by a big offer from the Yankees: six years, $140-150 million. There are many around the lobby here today who believe that for all…

  8. “The Official Major League Baseball Opus” is huge

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    MLB Opus

    Over the summer Major League Baseball released this monster book called “The Official Major League Baseball Opus.” You can read details about it here. The upshot: it’s gigantic, has 1000 pictures in it and costs $3,000.  Buy one for the person you love! They put one of these in the media room this morning. I’m…

  9. Paul Konerko and the White Sox agree to a three-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    konerko thinking big

    UPDATE: The “lovers’ spat” mentioned below is over. Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox and Konerko have reached a three-year deal.  The details: $37.5 million total, but a huge amount of the year-three money is deferred. It will go $12 million in 2011, $12 million in 2012, $6.5 million in 2013 and then $1…

  10. Luke Scott: “Obama does not represent America … he was not born here”

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    Luke Scott deer

    Yesterday Orioles’ DH Luke Scott came into the media room here at the Winter Meetings. No real reason, it seemed. He was with Buck Showalter when Showalter was doing his manager availability, and was kind of standing around. I snapped this picture of him because I thought it was pretty sweet that he was walking…

  11. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci slams a blogger, but I heartily approve

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Murray Chass

    This is kinda insidey, but it had everyone at the Winter Meetings dying laughing in the bar last night, so it’s worth passing along. When the vote for the Veteran’s Committee choices from the Hall of Fame came down on Monday, a lot of people in the media room started to speculate about who failed…

  12. The latest on Cliff Lee: skepticism of seven-year offers

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EST

    Cliff Lee talking

    When last we considered Cliff Lee, we were hearing word that he had two seven-year offers on the table.  The guy reporting that was Jon Heyman.  Since then, many people have voiced their skepticism that there really are two seven-year offers out there. And not just guys like me who consider Heyman to be a…

  13. The Cubs sign Carlos Pena to a one-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Carlos Pena

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with Carlos Pena. It’s believed to be for $10 million. This makes sense for Pena, I think, who can use a year in the friendly confines to build up value and then return to the market next winter when there won’t be…

  14. UPDATE: Call off the Michael Young trade talk

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:29 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    UPDATE: It seems that’s over. Multiple sources, including Evan Grant and others who were reporting a possible Michael Young trade, are now saying that it’s not happening. The Rangers have approached young and told him as much. To the extent the trade was going to be to the Rockies so that Texas could then sign…

  15. UPDATE: Mets agree to a one-year contract with Ronny Paulino

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EST

    Florida Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino misses the tag as Washington Nationals Adam Dunn scores in Miami

    UPDATE: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com, the Mets have signed Ronny Paulino to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. He’ll have a chance to earn more with performance-based incentives. 9:56 AM: Any time you can sign a 3o year-old catcher with a .259/.311/.354 line who was just DFA’d — and who got suspended for…

  16. Nothing continues to happen with Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

    Carl Crawford swinging

    There has been a lot of breathless Cliff Lee chatter today, and even some Zack Greinke stuff, but nothing on the biggest position player still out there: Carl Crawford. The best we have right now: the Tigers like him, but the price is too high.  The Red Sox can’t be ruled out, but nothing is…

  17. Sure, Gary Sheffield would hit for you if you gave him a call

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EST

    Gary Sheffield

    Gary Sheffield made an appearance here an hour or so ago.  He says he was here because he serves as an advisor — not an agent, but an advisor — for a couple of young players. That makes sense. He was famous for not having his own agent and negotiating all of his deals himself,…

  18. The Nationals inquired about Zack Greinke

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the Nationals have “inquired” about Zack Greinke.  There’s no sense that there’s a deal to be made there, but the Nats were at least asking. Here’s my theory: the Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with the intention of making all kinds of headlines about giant offers they’d…

  19. Derek Jeter on his contract negotiations: “It was not an enjoyable experience”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The Yankees had a press conference to officially announce Derek Jeter’s new contract today. Except it wasn’t here in Orlando where every Yankees official and the entire New York Yankees press corps happens to be. It was in Tampa, where Derek Jeter happens to live. Seems he wasn’t keene on coming here, so everyone had…

  20. Charlie Manuel: “I’ve always liked Francoeur”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Jeff Francouer

    I just went over to Charlie Manuel’s press availability because — let there be no mistake about this — Charlie Manuel is awesome.  If I could take a road trip with any guy in baseball it would be him. Well, maybe Ozzie Guillen if I wasn’t all hung up on coming back alive, but Cholly…

  21. Jim Tracy is discharged from the hospital

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Rockies manager Jim Tracy has been discharged from the hospital and is on his way home.  The word is that he suffered a mild arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). Here’s hoping there aren’t any casualties tonight.

  22. What I’d do to mess with the Dodgers if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:59 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’m still processing the ruling in the McCourt case. One thought occurred to me, however: if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer I’d make a point to screw with the Dodgers, starting today, in order to force a favorable settlement. The judge just issued a ruling that Jamie has an ownership interest in the Dodgers. It’s…

  23. Report: there is a seven-year offer on the table to Lee

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    cliff lee on mound

    Jon Heyman is so deliciously schizophrenic today: The Nats are in, the Nats are out, seven years is on the table, seven years is not happening.  It’s been awesome. We’re now back to yang from his last ying: Heyman reports that Cliff Lee has at least one seven-year offer on the table. And it’s not…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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