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Craig Calcaterra

  1. If the Rangers get Lee, the fur is gonna fly

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News is talking to a source — I’m guessing a Yankees source — who says there will be big trouble in baseball if the Rangers get Cliff Lee: “There will be a battle royale over this if Texas gets Lee . . . Every other team in baseball is supplementing…

  2. BREAKING: the Lee deal is blowing up — Rangers jumping in?

    Jul 9, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sherman is now hearing that it’s the Rangers jumping in (UPDATE: AOL’s Frankie Piliere, a former Rangers scout, is confirming that it’s the Rangers).  If a team is going to come and knock the Yankees’ offer out, it’s likely to be the Rangers and their extremely rich system.  The problem is that’s it’s rich…

  3. The Tacoma Rainiers scratch tonight's starter. Is it a sign that the Lee deal is done?

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    Ed Price of AOL just noticed that the Tacoma Rainiers — the Mariners’ AAA team — have scratched their starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, from tonight’s game.  Price wonders if that’s a suggestion that the Lee deal is done and that Pineda is going to come up to Seattle tonight to pitch against the Yankees. Makes…

  4. Roy Oswalt would block trades to the Tigers, White Sox

    Jul 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that Roy Oswalt — the proud owner of a full no-trade clause — would use that clause to block trades to either the Tigers or the White Sox. He doesn’t say why he doesn’t want to go to those two teams. He’s been reported to be exceedingly fond of life down south,…

  5. Are the Tigers shopping Rick Porcello?

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi thinks so. He notes today that the Tigers have pushed back Porcello’s latest AAA start from today until tomorrow, and says it’s not because of an injury.  Rather, he’s told that the Tigers made the decision from up in Detroit and that the pushback may be to accommodate a scouting contingent coming…

  6. Draft 2011 schedule has Opening Day on a Thursday

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston has looked at a draft of the 2011 schedule that is floating around and notices something different: One significant departure in the MLB schedule is that the season will begin at the end of the week (most teams will play on Friday, with presumably one game being played on Thursday…

  7. LeBron got you down? Heyward and Strasburg are not your saviors

    Jul 9, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Young athletes have enough going on without having to deal with your hero worship.

  8. The Lee deal has to be done before gametime tonight

    Jul 9, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Buster Olney reports that the Yankees want a resolution regarding Cliff Lee “before the game” this evening. Olney also says that the Yankees told the Mariners that their current offer is their last and best offer.  There has been no serious suggestion that the Mariners are balking. And keep in mind — while we’ve been…

  9. The Dodgers paid an exec $400K to run a $1.6M charity

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The Dodgers Dream Foundation is “a nonprofit charity whose mission is to serve the educational and athletic needs of children and is supported by donations from the public.” It has an annual budget of about $1.6 million.  The New York Times reports that a full one-quarter of that budget — $400,000 — went to its…

  10. Philly fan pulls a Bartman on Jayson Werth

    Jul 9, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    The fact that Jayson Werth has a lot of suitors might suit him just fine, because he’s not exactly enamored with Phillies fans right now.  Well, at least one of them. Last night Werth ranged over the the first base line to try and catch a foul ball.  And he probably would have gotten it…

  11. With Lee deal in motion, all eyes turn to Jayson Werth

    Jul 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    George A. King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have told the Phillies that they would be interested in acquiring Jayson Werth. We talked about the Phillies’ rationale for trading Werth yesterday, but the interest on the part of the AL East teams is far more compelling given…

  12. Nolan Ryan: "it might not happen"

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing when sports business reporters and bloggers and other assorted riffraff suggest that team Greenberg/Ryan’s bid for the Rangers is in trouble, but it’s another thing altogether when Nolan Ryan himself says it.  Here’s ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth’s Richard Durrett: Team President president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Thursday that his group, which includes Pittsburgh attorney…

  13. Hey, Cliff Lee is scheduled to start against the Yankees tonight!

    Jul 9, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    The deal is not done yet, but to my knowledge — and the knowledge of any number of New York people I asked this morning — Joel Sherman has never really whiffed with one of these kinds of reports.  It’s never 100% safe to call a deal done before it actually is, but the odds…

  14. What getting Cliff Lee means to the Yankees

    Jul 9, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    No, it does not mean that the Yankees have “bought” themselves another title. And that’s true even if they win yet another title.

  15. Your latest addition to the Cliff Lee Derby: the White Sox

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times “hears rumblings” that the White Sox are “kicking the tires” on Cliff Lee.  Setting aside the fact that it’s only July 8th and the “kicking the tires” metaphor is already played out, this is an interesting one to think about.  Jake Peavy is done for the year, so there’s…

  16. Quote of the Day: Are the Mets a mid-market club?

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I presume the quoted gentleman means in practice, not in fact.

  17. Roy Oswalt dominates the Pirates

    Jul 8, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Those scouts I mentioned earlier? They had to like what they saw. Roy Oswalt absolutely destroyed the Pirates’ lineup this afternoon, throwing a one-hit shutout.  That hit came in the first inning. Other than that and a couple of walks, he was basically invincible.  Granted, it was the Pirates, but still. On the offensive side,…

  18. Lots of scouts are watching Roy Oswalt

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com tweets that scouts from the Dodgers, Phillies, Rays and Mets are in Houston today to watch Roy Oswalt pitch against the Pirates. Interesting, but at least two of those teams — the Dodgers and Mets — have been reported to be wary to take on payroll, and Oswalt = lots of…

  19. David Price is probably going to start the All-Star Game

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Joe Girardi says that Rays’ starter David Price is an “extremely strong” candidate to start the All-Star Game next week. Personally I’d go with Cliff Lee unless he’s traded to the National League before then or something, but Price is a fine choice too. Really, though, I haven’t been all that impressed with who starts…

  20. Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics. The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is…

  21. Giants minor leaguer arrested

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Giants minor league outfielder Darren Ford is not an ace prospect, but he is fast. Indeed, he’s stolen 277 bases in his six-year career and has been caught only 72 times.  But while a 75% success rate is good enough on the base paths, guys who steal in real life need to do better than…

  22. Sky blue, water wet, Eric Chavez out until September

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Try not to faint at the the shock, but Susan Slusser reports that Eric Chavez, who is suffering from a neck injury, may not be back until September. Chavez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday to make some roster space, but he’s eligible to come off it on July 20th.  Based on this…

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