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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part III

    Jan 19, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    First we had Part I, then we had Part II, and now we have even more signings!  We will not be undersold! Carl Pavano, Twins, $7 million.  Heyman says he “wouldn’t give that guy a penny.”  Maybe $7 million is a lot, but aren’t there such a thing as average starting pitchers in Heyman’s world?…

  2. UPDATE: Papelbon and the Sox probably have a deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Rob Bradford of WEEI.com is reporting that the Sox and Papelbon have a deal in place for $9 million for 2010. 9:55 A.M.: Or else they’re going to arbitration.  I’d bet on arbitration, as the Sox don’t seem all that interested in a long term deal, and Papelbon is reported to want to “raise…

  3. Ben Sheets is going to make a lot of money

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    We’re getting some partial scouting reports from Ben Sheets workout down in Louisiana today, courtesy of a series of tweets from Trenni Kusnierek of the MLB Network. The summary: there were about 20 scouts watching Sheets.  He started a bit erratically, hitting 88-90 on the gun and sometimes missing his spots, but then got comfortable…

  4. Mets, Molina may be going their separate ways

    Jan 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Mets have played Paul McCartney to Bengie Molina’s Jane Asher all offseason.  It made so much sense. You just knew they were gonna be together. Then one day — bammo — Molina comes back from performing in a play at the Old Vic, finds the Mets in bed with someone else, and the Mets…

  5. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part II

    Jan 19, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    More of the arbitration filing deadline insanity Part I is here (UPDATE: We now have a Part III too!).  All are one-year deals unless otherwise specified: Jeff Francoeur, Mets, $5 million.  I’d lay into the guy here, but at this point I’d be like ripping on that awful, horrible girl you used to date but…

  6. Programming Note: Arbitration signings

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

    A metric crap-ton of arbitration-avoiding deals went down before noon, and they’re all starting to trickle in tweets and stutters. While we may highlight some notable ones as they get reported, rather than spend all day posting these little nuggets, we’ll simply do an omni-post running down the signings later this afternoon, kind of like…

  7. Tracy Ringolsby knows who will finish in last place

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    He sounds certain, but will FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby bet his hat on it? A month before spring training, fans of all 30 major league teams are supposed to have hope about what the coming season will bring.  Makes for good marketing. Bottom line, however, is while there is reason for hope with most teams, there’s…

  8. Yankees coach: Austin Jackson isn't ready for the majors

    Jan 19, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Yankees’ AAA hitting coach, Butch Wynegar on Austin Jackson: “He still is raw, still has a lot to learn, but he’s an intelligent kid and a good athlete — and he wants to learn. I basically told the Yankees at the end of the year, if they were thinking about him being their center…

  9. Catch the wave of "new" shortstops

    Jan 19, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    MLB.com has a story up today about the “next wave” of shortstops. The “new guard”  of “younger stars rising to the top at their position.”  Bet you can’t wait to click through and find out who all these hot young talents are! Maybe you’ll find out about them before your fantasy draft and scoop them…

  10. McGwire and steroids: Won't somebody think of the children?

    Jan 19, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The New York Daily News’ Denis Hamill wants you to think of the children. His own, who allegedly had this conversation in the back seat of his car on the way to basketball practice the other day: These kids, who will be playing on the same Little League team in a few months, were representative…

  11. The umps have signed their new deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Though the deal was reached several weeks ago, the new contract between Major League Baseball and the umpires was finally ratified and signed by the men in blue late last night.  Rob Neyer was looking at it and found the provision on buyouts for older umpires to be quite interesting, seeing it as a means…

  12. Beltran's knee: were the Mets incompetent, cheap or both?

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons has this habit — which I love by the way — of casually dropping bombs in such a way that is sounds like it’s not news at all. But as far as I can tell, this is news: Everyone in the business understands that the Mets did not insure Beltran, so that when…

  13. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    King Felix’s extension is obviously the biggest news in advance of today’s deadline for signing arbitration eligible players, and we’ll update that story with the details of the deal as they become available. We’ve also already filled you in on Dan Uggla, Jody Gerut and Shaun Marcum. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of some…

  14. Why McGwire couldn't win

    Jan 18, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    There isn’t much that can depress you more about the human condition than a group of P.R. professionals getting together and talking about their craft. For evidence of that I give you today’s Sports Business Daily feature on the McGwire p.r. strategy. Key points: It’s bad to release big news via what is perceived to…

  15. The Ozzie Guillen reality show

    Jan 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Ozzie Guillen: “There’s an old saying they say about people that, ‘When they made him, they threw away the mold.’  In Ozzie’s case, there was no mold.”  But there were three boys, all of whom are apparently like Ozzie. The family is profiled in an MLB.com piece today. The…

  16. Report: Dan Uggla and Marlins settle for $7.8 million

    Jan 18, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro tweets that the ultimatum keeps on paying out for Florida, with Dan Uggla and the Feesh* settling for $7.8 million for 2010. Uggla had been rumored to be going all manner of places — Atlanta, San Francisco and Baltimore just off the top of my head — and at least a couple…

  17. Major League Baseball is getting angry at Tom Hicks

    Jan 18, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    While everyone keeps assuming that the sale of the Texas Rangers to the Greenberg Group is imminent and that no one should be worrying, the fact is that the Friday deadline has come and gone and there’s still no deal.  Could last month’s report of financial difficulties be the problem? Or is it something new?…

  18. The Marlins now play in "Sun Life Stadium"

    Jan 18, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    In the future, everyone will hold the naming rights to the Marlins’ ballpark for fifteen minutes … The Marlins’ home for the next two years will be known by yet another name for the 2010 season. The football/baseball facility in South Florida, which is currently called Dolphin Stadium again, will be renamed Sun Life Stadium,…

  19. Jody Gerut and the Brewers avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    The Brewers avoided arbitration with Jody Gerut, who has agreed to a one year deal.  No dollars yet, but he made $1.775 million last year. Gerut hit 296/.351/.494 in 328 at-bats for the Padres in 2008, but he struggled for both San Diego and Milwaukee last year, finishing at .230/.279/.376. He finished strong while Corey…

  20. UPDATE: The Jays sign Shawn Marcum; Five arbitration eligible player to go

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE: One down, five to go, as Shawn Marcum signs, avoiding arbitration. The deal is for $850,000, which ain’t bad for your top starter.  Now, whether having Shawn Marcum as your top starter is another question . . . 1:25 P.M.: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays have decided to…

  21. Bobby Valentine was done dirty by the Chiba Lotte Marines

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Robert Whiting wrote one of my favorite baseball books ever in You Gotta Have Wa.  Now he has the inside story of Bobby Valentine’s final days as the manager for the Chiba Lotte Marines. On level it wasn’t personal, it was just business: the team and the parent company was losing money and they just…

  22. Geovany Soto looks . . . interesting

    Jan 18, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Aaron’s last post was great and all, but it left out one of the most important things about the Cubs’ chances this coming season:  the impact of Geovany Soto’s waxed eyebrows. Dear Lord. I think those are worth 3 points of WARJC alone (Wins Above Replacement Joan Crawford).

  23. Is Omar Minaya finally about to get the axe?

    Jan 18, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Everybody is still up in arms with the way the Mets handled the thing with Carlos Beltran’s surgery, but the conventional wisdom — stoked by the fact that assistant GM John Ricco, and not Minaya, gave the team’s public comments on the matter — is that Omar Minaya is most responsible for the screwup, having…

  24. What if Cal Ripken came clean?

    Jan 18, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    No one’s accusing him, but Dan LeBatard is wondering what would happen if Cal Ripken was found to have used steroids and had a press conference of his own, and quotes at length from Ripken’s imagined speech.  It’s long and worth a full read so I won’t block quote it here. Go read it. I’ll…

  25. Please, leave the Yankees caps alone

    Jan 18, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    I know it’s just a spring training cap and that they make the players wear them simply so that goobers like me will buy them, but if I assumed power of this country via a bloodless coup I’d outlaw this kind of thing. Not that it’s the worst offender I’ve ever seen. It’s quite conservative,…

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