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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Everyone is interested in David DeJesus

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:44 PM EST

    With the usual “Jim Bowden is very often wrong about such matters” disclaimer, I’ll pass along his word that the Braves, Reds and Red Sox are all talking to the Royals about David DeJesus. DeJesus, who has emerged as the prize position player at this year’s deadline — at least prized position player who is…

  2. The Phillies are looking to add a mid-range pitcher

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:24 PM EST

    All the talk is about Cliff Lee, but the real action at the deadline may be with third and fourth starter types. Earlier today we heard of the Mets’ interest in Fausto Carmona or Ted Lilly (though Lilly is probably more of a second starter). Now we hear from Buster Olney that the Phillies are…

  3. The Dodgers won't be doing much of anything at the deadline

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    Buster Olney just reported what many Dodgers fans feared: There is very little expectation within the Dodgers’ org. that major $ — or even middling $ — will be made available to add a pitcher. I mean really, it’s not like they’re in a pennant race with teams pitching circles around them or anything (oh,…

  4. Jason Heyward may be playing with pain all year

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

    David O’Brien reports that Jason Heyward is suffering from a strained thumb ligament that, while not requiring surgery, will likely bother Heyward for the rest of the season (i.e. “until Heyward gets extended rest in the offseason). It’s been apparent for some time that he’s not been right, as he’s been hitting a mere .172/.274/.232…

  5. The Cardinals may be in on the Cliff Lee Derby

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse risks being sued by Scott Boras for using the phrase “mystery team” in referring to a Cliff Lee rumor, but he’ll take that risk to bring you the latest rumor. And the rumor is this: The Cardinals may be the “mystery team” making a play for Cliff Lee. Price suggest…

  6. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    The Yankees (and Jeter’s hand in that pic) are on top. The Pirates (and Cano’s hand in that pic) are on the bottom. Who’s in between?

  7. Eric Wedge had a great interview with the Orioles

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    That’s according to Heyman. I have no idea what constitutes a “great” interview for a job in which the candidates are already well known and already have very public records. Maybe he answered that “where do you see yourself in five years” question better than anyone ever has. Maybe the writing sample was really, really…

  8. Clay Buchholz has a hamstring tear

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:26 PM EST

    The Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz, who was originally reported to have hyperextended his knee, has been diagnosed with a minor lower hamstring tear.  He’s still confident that he’ll make his next start, but that doesn’t seem bloody likely, now, does it? I mean, sure, I’m not a doctor, but “torn hamstring” sounds simply icky, no?…

  9. Quote of the Day: Edwin Jackson on his no-hitter

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Sometimes repeated readings help turn what first looked like nonsense into wisdom. This is not one of those times.

  10. The Mets' fallback position: Ted Lilly?

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:14 PM EST

    Joel Sherman cites a source today telling him that, in the event the Mets aren’t able to land Cliff Lee, they’d be interested in Ted Lilly as a fallback position, more so than either Fausto Carmona or Roy Oswalt, each of whom have been rumored to have caught the Mets’ interest. Setting aside the absurdity…

  11. Other bidders are sniffing around the Rangers

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EST

    Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that two bidders — Dallas businessman Jeff Beck and Houston businessman Jim Crane — have been in touch with the Rangers’ creditors recently. Both Beck and Crane have a history with the Rangers sale, with Beck being the primary financing source behind agent Dennis Gilbert’s failed bid, and Crane…

  12. Bummer: no Jason Heyward-Stephen Strasburg matchup tonight

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:24 AM EST

    This is a bummer: because Jason Heyward has a bum thumb, he won’t be in the lineup for tonight’s Braves-Nationals game and thus we won’t get a chance to see a matchup between the year’s most-hyped rookie hitter and most-hyped rookie pitcher. Note, I said “most-hyped” rookie hitter, not the best. Because, as I noted…

  13. A Cliff Lee-to-the-Mets deal gets complicated

    Jun 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman contradicts the Burkhardt report, saying that the Mets will not require a negotiating window with Lee if Mejia is involved in a deal. 9:07 A.M.: I said last week that I think the Mets are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee because (a) they have a top young pitcher they are willing to…

  14. Keith Hernandez wants to contract four teams. Does it make any sense?

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:47 AM EST

    I don’t think it does, but who would you contract if you could? And why?

  15. What the heck is going on with Valentine and the Marlins?

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    The only thing we know for sure is that Edwin Rodriguez is still the manager of the Marlins. Which, given what I said the other day about the whole Puerto Rico thing, is nice.  Otherwise: pure chaos. As Drew chronicled last night in a series of updates that reflects just how wacky the situation is…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Stuff you missed while frolicking in the lawn sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch.

  17. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EST

    Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn’t worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?

  18. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano suspended indefinitely

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:37 PM EST

    UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his actions during Friday’s game. “His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.” According to Carrie Muskat of, Hendry said, “We’ll play with 24 before…

  19. The Padres are looking for . . . pitching?

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.

  20. The Brewers will not be having a fire sale this summer

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Given how poorly the team has played, it’s been reasonable to assume that the Brewers are at least considering selling off players, possibly even Prince Fielder and Corey Hart.  Not so says owner Mark Attanasio, because the fans deserve better: “The thing you have to remember is that we’ve had three million fans coming to…

  21. Phillies road team, Blue Jays home team at Citizens Bank Park

    Jun 25, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    The Jays come in to Philly tonight for a three game set . . . as the home team. You’ll recall that this little switcheroo is the result of the G-20 summit taking place in Toronto. As a result, the series that was supposed to take place in the Rogers Centre is now in Philly…

  22. Rangers bankruptcy judge absolutely reams Chuck Greenberg

    Jun 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Sure, he gave them the hearing date they wanted, but he could make them pay dearly for it.

  23. Should the Dodgers trade Matt Kemp? No! But not for the reasons you think

    Jun 25, 2010, 2:13 PM EST

    Ken Rosenthal has a bold idea for the Dodgers. After listing all the things that ail the currently-slumping boys in blue, Robo says: General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative. He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp. This is dumb.  But maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking.…

  24. Johan Santana admitted to consensual sex with his accusor

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall.  Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department.  The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…

  25. The Rangers hearing is back to July 9th

    Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…

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