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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The market for relievers is "absolutely terrible"

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says one of his “talent evaluator” sources is saying.  If it’s true it might explain things like the Reds exhuming the corpse of Jason Isringhausen for a tryout and the Mets giving Oliver Perez a job as a lefty specialist. Still, there are some relievers out there who may be worth…

  2. Your latest "Team X is scouting Player Y" report: the Mets and Jeremy Guthrie

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    I’m still not sure what to make sure of these “Team X is scouting Player Y” reports we’ve seen so many of this summer, simply because we don’t really have a baseline for judging how much scouting happens in the normal course. Maybe some teams have guys at everyone’s games, at least periodically, to fill…

  3. The Braves are looking at outfielders

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Based on today’s report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, it’s pretty clear that the Braves are going to make one more move before the trade deadline, in all likelihood for an outfielder: When McLouth was sidelined on June 9 with a concussion, he was hitting just .176 with a .295 on-base percentage. In the seven rehab…

  4. The Red Sox and Rockies are talking about Chris Iannetta

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Rockies about Chris Iannetta.  Rosenthal doesn’t see it going anywhere and neither do I, really. I know the Sox are hurt now, but sometime soon they’re going to have Victor Martinez and Jason Vairtek back and not a lot of room for a third,…

  5. Yankees, Red Sox both interested in Scott Downs

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    AOL’s Ed Price says that the Yankees and the Red Sox have “a big time interest” in Blue Jays’ reliever Scott Downs. And he’s definitely interesting. He has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings, and has a K/BB ratio of 30/8.  Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could use some bullpen help, but it’s…

  6. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    A slight twist this week: instead of summarizing where the teams are, I list what the teams need. Be it at the trade deadline or otherwise.

  7. Marlins: the price for Cody Ross is "very, very high"

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney is saying the Marlins are saying.  And I can only think that the reason the Marlins are saying that is because the Braves — a division and geographic rival — are the team that has been mentioned with the greatest interest in the Ross. Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a…

  8. John Smoltz doesn't live up to his own golfing hype

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is a — duh — celebrity golf tournament that the good people at NBC happen to broadcast and sponsor and everything. It went down in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and, as usual, a lot of ex-baseball players participated. The bosses didn’t let me go though, presumably because John…

  9. Olney: the Yankees are not looking for a starting pitcher

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    We talked “should” a couple of hours ago. Now here’s the “will”:  Buster Olney tweets that New York is not looking for a starting pitcher in the wake of Andy Pettitte’s injury.  Rather, they are going to concentrate on improving the bench and improving the bullpen, presumably content to let the rotation play out the…

  10. Because things aren't crazy enough: Mark Cuban may get in on the Rangers now

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    I missed this from late last week, but Mark Cuban — who has been denying any interest in the Rangers for a solid year now — has changed course and may now get involved in the upcoming auction: “The economics have changed, which has gotten me interested. My lawyers are still going through everything, but…

  11. Quote of the Day: Lou Brown

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    We honor the memory of the Indians’ best manager since Tris Speaker.

  12. Should Andy Pettitte's injury make the Yankees go out and get a pitcher?

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte is going to miss 4-5 weeks with a groin injury.  That likely puts Sergio Mitre in the rotation.  Does that transform the Yankees from a team that appeared like it was going to stand-pat at the deadline into a serious buyer? I’m sure the rumors will start flying now, but I’m less interested…

  13. Bud Selig's battle to sell the Rangers

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    The daily blow-by-blow of the legal battle involving the sale of the Texas Rangers has gotten so technical and boring that it’s understandable if you’ve tuned out by now.  But the big picture is still a fascinating one.  Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of it all is that, at its heart, the Rangers sale is…

  14. The Padres are giving Bud Black a three-year extension

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

    Corey Brock of MLB.com is reporting that the Padres are going to give manager Bud Black a three-year extension today. Good move. There are any number of ways to explain the Padres’ unexpected success this year, but whether its about motivating a team to play above its head, about bringing along a young and talented…

  15. McCarver compares Yankees to Nazis and Communists. But that's not the real problem

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    What McCarver said wasn’t, as many are claiming, “outrageous.” It was simply dumb.

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    I detoxed from the Internets this weekend, and it was good.

  17. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:10 AM EDT

    We’ve seen bad calls this year and we’ve seen umpires getting all up in players’ faces. Phil Cuzzi manages both in a single inning.

  18. The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    At the risk of Derrek Lee coming out and saying that no one on the Yankees knows Ken Rosenthal, the FOX scoopsmith (eh? OK, I won’t say that again) reports that the Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria. Hard to say what level of interest this really is, but boy howdy…

  19. Joey Votto: "it's kind of fun to play the heel"

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Joey Votto is rude. No, he was just joking. But he really doesn’t like the Cubs or their fans. Wait, that’s just him being competitive. Confused? Yeah, me too.

  20. Cubs win again, Phillies lose again, and man Marmol is throwing bullets

    Jul 16, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    It was a slow day today, but a Friday afternoon tilt helped fend off the snoozes. Phillies-Cubs at Wrigley Field. Whenever they play I like to imagine them competing for a statue that looks like Manny Trillo. Weird, huh? Anyway, it was yet another frustrating day for Phillies’ fans, as the Cubs win 4-3. Twice…

  21. TBS to honor George Steinbrenner via "Seinfeld"

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Not everyone is hating on The Boss today: TBS will celebrate the life of George Steinbrenner with a full week of classic Seinfeld  episodes featuring Larry David as the legendary New York Yankees owner.  The 10-episode collection will air Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, at 7 and 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Which, of course,…

  22. Ringolsby: no, the Rockies aren't interested in Dan Uggla

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    There has been a fair amount of chatter recently about the Rockies maybe trying to pry Dan Uggla away from the Marlins. Tracy Ringolsby is calling baloney on that, though: Rockies are NOT involved in talks for 2B Dan Uggla. Haven’t talked about Uggla since winter. If Tulo is healthy don’t need middle infielder. Nothin’…

  23. The Marlins new ballpark is on schedule and on budget

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Costs are down, revenues are up, and our stock has never been higher! “We are exactly on budget,” Marlins President David Samson told a pack of reporters during a media tour of the construction site Thursday. “There will be no overruns.” The surrounding neighborhood has yet to feel the domino effect of the new construction.…

  24. The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms…

  25. Lou Piniella is likely to retire after the season

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Sticking with Heyman, who reports that people in the Cubs’ organization expect Lou Piniella to retire at the end of the season. This would shock me about as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  The Cubs are on the brink of a massive tear-down, one would assume, and given how weary Piniella has…

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