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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Deep Thoughts: Detroit Tigers

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    In light of yesterday’s two-year, $14 million offer to Johnny Damon, I had a Deep Thought:  If you’re Dave Dombrowski how on Earth are you supposed to negotiate with players and their agents if they know that Mike Ilitch may just come in and blow the budget whenever it strikes his fancy? Seems like credibility…

  2. Tim Lincecum's arbitration will not set some dangerous precedent

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes some baseball official worrying about Tim Lincecum’s arbitration. Specifically, he worries about the “precedent” a $13 million award could set.  That word he keeps using; I do not think it means what he thinks it means: There is a lot of sentiment within other organizations for the Giants to settle the case,…

  3. Pujols in Pinstripes?! Someone should be flogged for this

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    This was one of the splash pictures over at the FOX Sports.com baseball page this morning.  I expect Cardinals fan and FOX baseball columnist Dayn Perry to submit his resignation in protest by noon today.

  4. Corey Hart wins his arbitration

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It was just announced that Corey Hart has won his arbitration with the Brewers. He had asked for $4.8 million and now he gets it.  The Brewers had argued for $4.15 million. Arbitration is a lot more complicated than simply saying “well, he didn’t have a good year last year, so he don’t get no…

  5. O's starter Bergesen injures arm throwing for TV commercial

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Orioles’ starter Brad Bergesen will not be able to throw in spring training for at least 10 days after pitchers and catchers report because he strained his right shoulder during the filming of a TV commercial in early December: “Obviously, I hadn’t picked up a ball. I’m kicking myself in the head about it. That’s…

  6. Smoltz, Martinez to play the waiting game

    Feb 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Jim Bowden tweets that both John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez will wait until after the season gets going to sign a deal, a la Pedro’s thing with the Phillies last year.  The New York Post’s Adam Rubin reported as much a few weeks ago with respect to Smoltz. Most people probably assumed that Martinez would…

  7. Ernie Harwell to receive lifetime achievement award

    Feb 11, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Got a press release a few minutes ago announcing that Ernie Harwell is going to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The award is given out annually by WFUV, the public radio station at Fordham University where Scully got his start.  The award will be given at the station’s Spring Gala…

  8. MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman may run for governor of Michigan

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Bob Bowman has been the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media since its inception.  It’s been a fabulous success, and Bowman has deservedly received kudos for it. He may be looking for a new job, however: An official in Major League Baseball has formed a committee to explore a run for Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial…

  9. UPDATE: Wang and the Nats don't have a deal

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    UPDATE: First he signed, then he didn’t, then he signed and then he didn’t:  Chien-Ming Wang’s agent is now saying that the reports are inaccurate, there is no deal with the Nats, and that Wang hasn’t finalized anything with anybody. And with that, I’m officially out of the Wang business. He could carve his signature…

  10. REPORT: The Tigers may save Damon and Boras' bacon: 2 years/$14 million

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Brace yourselves kids – Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Mike Ilitch has authorized his flunkies to offer Johnny Damon two years and $14 million. Which, you’ll recall, is the amount of money Damon turned down from the Yankees, launching our favorite meme of the offseason (i.e. Scott Boras screwed up). If this is true,…

  11. Tom Glavine officially retires, joins Braves front office

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    After a year or so of denial, anger and bargaining, Tom Glavine has finally reached acceptance,  officially ending the playing portion of his baseball career.  He’s taking a job in the Braves’ front office as the assistant to team president John Schuerholz.  He’ll also do a bit of broadcasting work, both on Braves radio and…

  12. The Mets sign Takahashi

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    The Mets have come to agreement with Hisanori Takahashi, late of the Yomiuri Giants, on a minor league deal worth $1 million if he makes the team.  Takahashi, who turns 35 in April, was 79-66 with a 3.70 ERA in 245 career games in the NPB. He’s a soft-tossing lefty who most have said would…

  13. The Lincecum arbitration is MLB's fight, not the Giants'

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Buster Olney tweeted something really interesting a few minutes ago: Heard this: The Giants might wind up sending as few as one member of their front office to the Lincecum hearing. The heavy lifting on management’s side of the case will be done by MLB, and not the Giants. This follows up on the news…

  14. Quote of the Day: Keith Law

    Feb 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If Lincecum knows there’s something wrong with his arm, he should take the offer, but otherwise, I’m wondering if Sabean got into Timmy’s stash.” – ESPN’s Keith Law, offering his less-than-approving assessment of the Giants’ $37 million offer to Tim Lincecum

  15. $100 million over five years will not lock up Prince Fielder

    Feb 11, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    There are no offers on the table and no negotiations afoot — hell, Prince Fielder isn’t even eligible for free agency until the 2011 season is complete — but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Gary Howard is daydreaming about the Brewers locking him up all the same, building up to this: So I figure a sweet,…

  16. The State of Arizona wants to impose a "Cubs tax" on all the Cactus League teams

    Feb 11, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The deal to keep the Cubs’ spring training home in Mesa, Arizona was contingent on the State of Arizona finding the money to help them build an $84 million new complex.  Their idea: impose a surcharge on spring training tickets to help cover the cost. But not just Cubs spring training tickets: they want to…

  17. Carlos Delgado may just retire to Crash Boat Beach

    Feb 11, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday it was reported that Carlos Delgado is demanding “substantial money and playing time.” In light of this article, however, he’s apparently cool with not getting those things: “I have to analyze all the options that I have and, another important thing, I’m not going to sign a contract just to say I signed. You…

  18. REPORT: The Giants offer Lincecum $37 million over three years

    Feb 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have offered Tim Lincecum a three-year, $37 million contract. The proposed contract would includes annual salaries of $9.5 million, $12.5 million and $15 million. Lincecum’s people reportedly countered with something north of $40 million. No one will confirm that, but the Giants are saying…

  19. Johan Santana is gearing up for the season

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    If there is anything that makes me doubt Kyle Farnsworth’s chances as a starter it’s the article in today’s Daily News about Johan Santana. In it John Harper catches for the Mets’ ace as he pitches a simulated half-inning against the heart of the Phillies’ lineup.  After striking out the cardboard cutout that simulates Jimmy…

  20. The Royals are going to give Kyle Farnsworth a chance to start

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    I’ll give Royals fans a few moments to clean up the coffee they just spit all over the screen.  Done? Good. Let’s continue. Here’s Royals’ pitching coach Bob McClure: “Kyle Farnsworth is competing for a job in the rotation. We’re going to lengthen him out and see how it goes. Because what he showed me…

  21. Let's start the day with something non-controversial: racism

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Moshe Mandel at TYU wants to know if it’s not curious that some writers assume that Felix Hernandez will be more likely to become complacent and lazy now that he has a big contract than Justin Verlander will.  Or whether there is any rational explanation for thinking that Dustin Pedroia “cares more” about his team…

  22. Justin Verlander: Jeremy Bonderman looks good

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Give a guy $80 million and he’ll wear any hat you want him to. Starter. Team leader. Scout: Justin Verlander said the throws have life on them, more than he saw last year. He talked about making adjustments, going back to the basics. He’s really excited about the progress. He wasn’t talking about himself. He…

  23. Report: Damon's offer from the Braves is $2 million now, $2 million deferred

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner tweets that the offer the Braves have made Johnny Damon is not quite the $5 million reported earlier in the day. Rather, it’s $2 million now, $2 million deferred.  If he takes it I’ll have to update the last post to reflect the fact that his haircut is something more than $75 million…

  24. Shouldn't Damon be on Heyman's "free agent losers" list?

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman makes a list of the winners and losers of the 2009-10 free agent class.  The winners include Matt Holliday, John Lackey, those catchers who got overpaid, Ben Sheets and all of the utility players who got pretty decent deals for utility players.  The losers include Joel Piniero, Adam LaRoche, Vlad Guerrero, Jim…

  25. Derek Jeter: Captain Provocative

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Stop the presses: Derek Jeter thinks the Yankees have a chance to repeat. He also said “I like the team that we have.” Jeter was going to say that he was in the best shape of his life but his agent, business manager, publicist and life coach decided that they didn’t want to get all…

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