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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Great moments in confidence building: Cito Gaston

    Feb 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Cito Gaston, on the Blue Jays’ closer situation: “It’s going to be between [Scott Downs and Jason Frasor] and anybody else that Alex brings into camp.” I get what he’s saying — the Jays may, for example, bring in Kevin Gregg before the end of the day — but there has to be better way…

  2. The Padres are about to sign Yorvit Torrealba

    Feb 3, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    So tweets Buster Olney, saying that San Diego and Torrealba are “on the verge” of a deal. Torrealba hit .291/.351/.380 with two homers and 31 RBI last season with the Rockies, and for a while there seemed poised to sign with the Mets. But then again so have a lot of dudes this winter, and…

  3. Quote of the Day: Jimmie Lee Solomon

    Feb 3, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jimmie Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. Based on this passage from today’s MLB.com feature about him, I like the cut of his jib: Solomon enrolled at Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a Washington law firm, where he worked his way up to partner, he left to become…

  4. The Nats sign Kevin Mench

    Feb 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Washington has signed former Rangers outfielder Kevin Mench to a minor league deal. When last we saw Mench he was leaving the Hanshin Tigers in the middle of the season after hitting .148 and “dealing with fatigue and anxiety issues,” and before that it was a couple of lost seasons in Milwaukee and Toronto. In…

  5. The Blue Jays get new turf

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    There will be new fake grass for the Rogers Centre this year.  It’s supposed to look more like real grass and have fewer seams, but the real impetus for it is that it can be removed and replaced faster than the old turf, thereby allowing the good people at Rogers Communications to book more concerts…

  6. Deep Thoughts: the Mets Offseason

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Deep thought:  when Darryl Strawberry is saying you’re messin’ up, you need to take a look in the mirror: Darryl Strawberry was asked for his assessment of the Mets’ offseason changes Tuesday night, and he gave an answer that will be hard for anyone to argue. “I’ll put it like this: It could’ve been better,”…

  7. Bill Hall doesn't want to be in the best shape of his life

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    We’ve heard about guys coming to camp in the best shape of their life, but Red Sox’ utilityman Bill Hall doesn’t want any part of that. Why? Because he thinks his workout program was a large part of what caused his post-2006 swoon: Hall traces his problems since – he batted just .201 last year…

  8. Philly columnist: Braves screwed up by keeping Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz together

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Someone must have slipped me some bad liquor or something, because I’m sure I didn’t just read an article by Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Inquirer saying that the Braves would have won more titles in the 90s if they hadn’t had Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. I mean, that would be, like, the stupidest thing…

  9. The Yankees are making a mistake with Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman says that while the Yankees may be talking about how the fifth starter’s job is shaping up as a battle between Job Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, it’s all but Hughes’ job already: The Yankees never would admit it publicly, but if the season were to begin today, Hughes would be in the rotation…

  10. The Yankees: the worst case scenario

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Since we’ll soon be swimming in season previews that have the Yankees winning 100 games, the division, the league and probably the World Series, let’s have some fun and see what would happen if absolutely everything went wrong in the Bronx. To that end, here’s Part 1 of NYaT’s “The Yankees Worst Case Scenario.”  It’s…

  11. The Mets respond to Putz's allegations

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While I had seen the actual statement the Mets released about Putz before writing the business below, I had missed this story from Marty Noble at MLB.com last night. In it he relates that the Mets do, in fact, deny Putz’s claim that they told him to hide his injuries from the media.  They…

  12. Several teams looking at Kris Benson

    Feb 2, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Kris Benson hasn’t pitched much recently — eight appearances last year, none in 2008 or 2007 — but his agent says he’s healthy, throwing well and expects to sign with someone in the next couple of weeks. Candidates: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds and Nationals. Benson is 35 now, and has long lost the luster of being…

  13. The Professional Free Agent Showcase

    Feb 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Here’s an idea I had never considered: a “three-day mixer” called the Professional Free Agent Showcase where unemployed baseball players work out for and scouts for teams looking for talent.  The inaugural one kicks off today and lasts through Thursday at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s not for Major League free agents.…

  14. The Marlins make an offer to Russell Branyan

    Feb 2, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark is reporting that the Marlins have made an offer to Russell Branyan. It’s a major league deal with a low base and incentives. In that way it’s probably much like the $1.4 million he made in Seattle last year, where he hit 31 dingers. Problem for him, though, is that he missed a…

  15. Happy Birthday, National League

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    A tweet from ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reminds us that today is the National League’s 134th birthday.  The league was founded in New York by William Hulbert, the owner of the Chicago White Stockings, and the owners of the Philadelphia Athletics, the Boston Red Stockings, the Hartford Dark Blues, the Mutual of New York, the St.…

  16. Ruben Amaro: "I'm not a Dummy"

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Despite pulling off the Halladay trade and extension, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro has continued to get flak for not keeping Cliff Lee too and shooting for the moon in 2010.  He responded yesterday: “I was talking to some people the other day,” Amaro recalled, “and I said, ‘I’m not a dummy. I know what…

  17. Jon Miller wins the Frick Award

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    I somehow missed this yesterday, but Giants/ESPN announcer Jon Miller was selected as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given annually to recognize excellence in baseball broadcasting. First, a digression: There is no “broadcaster’s wing” in the Hall of Fame. Indeed, broadcasters — even Frick Award winners — are not considered…

  18. The Brewers have already sold a million tickets

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    I mentioned this morning that Brewers fans were some of the better fans I’ve seen — a point some of you have disputed in the comments.  Fair enough, as my assessment of them is based on anecdotal “man, I’m sure having fun at this ballgame with all these Brewers fans” stuff. By some more objective…

  19. Bill Buckner: comedian

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Reading this, you get the sense that Bill Buckner is tired of telling the same damn story for past 23 years and tries to jazz it up. Here he is at a banquet the other night talking about Game 6: “My first thought when it happened was, ‘Wow, I get to play in a seventh…

  20. Major League Baseball sues Upper Deck

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The league’s marketing arm, Major League Baseball Properties, has sued card manufacturer Upper Deck for trademark infringement, claiming that they’ve  for using team logos on baseball cards without permission.  Last year baseball granted Topps the sole right to use logos and stuff, presumably forcing Upper Deck to hire the guys that used to airbrush the…

  21. Are the Mariners still trying to sign people?

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday Rob Neyer wondered whether the Mariners — who have had what most agree to be the most successful offseason of anyone — have added too many good players: I’m wondering if maybe it’s time for Jack Zduriencik to call off his little off-season shopping spree. Sure, he’s picked up Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins…

  22. The Cardinal fans' response to McGwire

    Feb 2, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an interesting story in the New York Times today about how The Greatest Fans in the World* are taking to the McGwire stuff.  As you might expect, there are some people who care a lot and some who kind of don’t.  I found the quote from a long time Cardinals fan that kicks the…

  23. Morosi: baseball should ban alcohol in the clubhouse

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks it’s time for the 15 or so teams that continue to provide alcohol to players in the clubhouse after the game to ban the practice: A universal ban on alcohol in major league clubhouses is long overdue. Until every team removes beer from the working quarters of its employees, each…

  24. The guy who canceled his Yankees season tickets speaks

    Feb 1, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    You recall on Friday we linked to an angry email sent by a Yankees fan, canceling his season tickets because he thought the team had “lost its focus on winning” this offseason.  Today he speaks, courtesy of an interview with the New Stadium Insider. For what it’s worth he comes off far more lucid and…

  25. Peter Moylan is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Today is the first day of the Atlanta Braves’ voluntary pitching camp at Turner Field. The AJC’s David O’Brien reports on a meme getting tuned upside-down: Pete Moylan packed on a little winter weight during his 3 months back in Australia. “Meat pies,” he said of the diet staple in his homeland. Of course Aussies…

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