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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. 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?…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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).

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. Miguel Tejada goes to Haiti

    Jan 18, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sometimes it seems like 90% of what we write about players off-the-field is negative. Thank God for that other 10%: Free-agent shortstop Miguel Tejada has traveled to Haiti to help the victims of last week’s devastating earthquake. Tejada, a six-time All-Star and former Oriole, arranged for a van full of food, water and medicine to…

  12. What would you do with a 26-man roster?

    Jan 18, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jonah Keri speculates that when the labor deal is revisited after the 2011 season the owners may offer up a 26th roster spot to the union in exchange for one thing or another.  Seems totally plausible to me. He also assumes that rather than do something useful such as add a position player and increase…

  13. Babe Ruth should have gone in to Cooperstown as a Brave

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I realize that it’s a holiday and the day after a big football weekend and that we’re really in the doldrums of the offseason, but can someone tell me if there’s a less compelling question in baseball than whether Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will go into the Hall of Fame wearing Braves caps? I…

  14. The Yankees are selling more of their old junk than the Mets are

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The Mets are selling old Shea Stadium seats for $869. The Yankees are selling old Yankee Stadium seats* for $1,499.  Despite this, the Yankees have outsold the Mets 15,000 to 10,311.  I’d be curious to hear New Yorkers’ take on the subject, but given that the Yankee Stadium seats only date back to the mid-70s…

  15. Darren Daulton talks some sense

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Retired Phillies catcher Darren Daulton believes in alchemy, auras, telepathy, energy transfers, astral planes, planetary ascension, and parallel universes.  He believes that he had an had out of body experiences while playing at Wrigley Field one day. He believes that the universe is created and sustained by numerical synchronicities — the number 11 is particularly…

  16. Jim Edmonds and the Cardinals bury the hatchet

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Things got a bit testy between Jim Edmonds and Tony La Russa when Edmonds wore a Cubs uniform.  Base on his appearance at La Russa’s animal rescue benefit yesterday, it seems as though at least Edmonds is willing to put those few months in a Cubs uniform behind him: Upon arriving to the stage as…

  17. Is Mark McGwire being treated differently than other PED confessors?

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    As Mark McGwire continues to be called a liar and a fraud for his claim that he took steroids because he was injured and not because he thought they’d enhance performance, it’s probably worth remembering another player’s comments about his PED use: “I was injured . . . I felt an obligation to get back…

  18. The Red Sox add roster fodder

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have signed six guys to minor league deals: Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno, Jorge Sosa, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velazquez, and Darnell McDonald. Since 1998, the Red Sox and their fans have celebrated “truck day” in early February which is the day the moving truck that transports the team’s spring training gear from to spring training in…

  19. There are 11 minutes of action in an entire football game

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The next time your football fan friends talk about how boring baseball is, shoot them this link: According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes. In…

  20. King Felix, Mariners making progress

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Heyman tweets that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners are making progress on a five or six year deal but will “do the 1-year thing first to buy time.” Makes sense. No sense in rushing this thing. Hernandez made $3.8 million in 2009.  No telling what a one year deal would mean for him money wise,…

  21. The Tigers have expressed no interest in Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As I’ve said over and over again, when you get a Jon Heyman-reported, almost-nothin’-to-it rumor connecting a Scott Boras client to a second team there’s a more than decent chance it’s noise designed to trick the first team into thinking it’s a bidding war.  Damon’s talking to the Braves, and then suddenly the Tigers are…

  22. PEDs are nothing new. In fact, they're really, really old.

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    If you believe some of the looser talk this week, you’d think that Mark McGwire was Igor to Jose Canseco’s Dr. Steroidstein and that no one juiced before the A’s got good in the late 80s.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, as this handy-dandy PED timeline that ran in Sports Illustrated…

  23. The Dodgers and Matt Kemp have reached a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Dylan Hernandez reports that Kemp’s deal is worth $10.95 million. $4 million this year, $6.95 million in 2011. 12:14 P.M. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick tweets that L.A. and Kemp have reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year contract, pending a physical. No word on the dough.  As mentioned the other day, this buys out two…

  24. More Josh Johnson contract details

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Following up on last night’s Josh Johnson news, Marlins beat writer Joe Firsario reports that the deal contains a $500,000 bonus for a Cy Young award and a $50,000 bump in the extremely likely event that he makes the All-Star game.  I mean, yeah, Hanley Ramirez will be your designated Marlins representative in the All-Star…

  25. Thief posed as a Chicago Cub to get a truck

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    From the police blotter: A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car. Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter, of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him…

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