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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Francisco Liriano is "throwing the living fire out of the ball"

    Jan 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And with this quote from Ron Gardenhire about Francisco Liriano, we officially begin to transition from the hot stove season to the “Player X is in the best shape of his life” season: “I just got a report that he’s throwing the living fire out of the ball down in the Dominican (Republic). He threw…

  2. Is Mike Lowell-to-the-Rangers once again possible?

    Jan 5, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    The first thought in most people’s minds after the Adrian Beltre deal was reported last night was what the Red Sox were going to do with Mike Lowell. OK, my first thought was “wow, Boras really misread the market for his dude,” but my next thought definitely was what to do about Mike Lowell. Almost…

  3. Matt Holliday and Cardinals are "on the brink of a deal"

    Jan 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and GM John Mozeliak met with Scott Boras over the weekend, and that the team and Matt Holliday are “on the brink of a deal.” Tony La Russa acknowledged that a deal should be done this week, though he did say “At some…

  4. Beltre allegedly turned down richer offers to come to Boston

    Jan 5, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    It’s probably rather galling to the rest of baseball that, in addition to being able to outbid just about everyone for any free agent, the Red Sox also get big discounts on guys who simply want to go there. That seems to be the case with Adrian Beltre: Beltre turned down more money from at…

  5. Report: Adrian Beltre signs with Boston

    Jan 4, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons tweets:  1 year deal for $9 million and a player option for $5 million. There’s also a $1 million buyout, presumably so everyone can say he got $10 million. Physical pending, announcement to come later. Gut reaction: something of a comedown for the Boras-represented Beltre who, in addition to wanting $10 million, most…

  6. Great Moments in Random Cool Stuff Sent to Me

    Jan 4, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Normally if you get an unsolicited package in the mail from a group called “The National Ethnic Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy in America,” you’re going to want someone else to open it. I got such a package today, but figuring that I have neither told anyone what I…

  7. UPDATE: At this point who the hell knows what's going on with Beltre?

    Jan 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    7:51 P.M.: OK, now we do know what the hell is going on: Beltre to Boston, one year, $9 million, with a player option for $5 million. 5:37 PM: First the Sox were in, then out, and now they’re apparently in again, as Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston is reporting that the Sox have actually…

  8. Transaction of the day

    Jan 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors passes this one along: The Royals signed lefty John Parrish to a minor league deal, according to a team press release.  Parrish, 32, missed all of ’09 with a shoulder injury . . . He has not had success against lefties in recent years. Hurt lefty who can’t get lefties out? Go…

  9. At least Dan Shaughnessy is honest

    Jan 4, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

    Unlike Heyman, Dan Shaughnessy admits that he just goes with his gut when it comes to the Hall of Fame: Each Hall voter applies his own standards, and mine often references the famous line that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart applied to pornography. Stewart argued that he might not be able to define what was…

  10. If you're a Nats fan, you probably want to buy Matt Capps a cheeseburger

    Jan 4, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    New Nats’ closer Matt Capps, in an interview with the Washington Post, talking about offseason conditioning: I try not to put too much emphasis on weight. A lot of it goes on how I feel. I’ve had two pretty rough years in my career, one in 2004 and one last year. And the one common…

  11. Jon Heyman defends his Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 4, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    Last week I mentioned the little tweet-storm Jon Heyman set off when he announced his Hall of Fame ballot.  To review, he had Robbie Alomar, Andrew Dawson, Barry Larkin, Dave Parker, Jack Morris and Don Mattingly.  Many people took issue with this ballot, myself included. It’s a pretty awful one all things considered. Parker? Morris?…

  12. Jason Bay has passed his physical

    Jan 4, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    SNY has learned — shocking, seeing as though they are owned by the Mets — that Jason Bay has passed his physical and now nothing aside from the creeping realization that he’s going to spend the next five years in New York stands in the way of him finalizing his deal.  But he’ll probably get…

  13. REPORT: Holliday, Cards closing in on a $98.5 million deal

    Jan 4, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Not sure who died and made Jim Bowden smart, but he tweets “The Holliday may be over for most, but not St.Louis……Cards – Holliday closing in on 98.5m dollar deal.” We will update when the story is confirmed by persons who are not Jim Bowden.

  14. Dave Parker: Hall of Fame afterthought

    Jan 4, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Buster Olney doesn’t actually endorse Dave Parker’s Hall of Fame candidacy, but he does throw out a morsel to chew on, courtesy of the ESPN stats department: If you go on the idea of a player being a dominant player in his era being an important qualification: Dave Parker finished in the top five of…

  15. Ronan Tynan has had a bad couple of months

    Jan 4, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    You’ll recall Ronan Tynan, the Irish tenor who used to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at Yankee Stadium.  You’ll also recall that Tynan ran into some trouble back in October, getting sacked from his Yankees gig as the result of some comments he made to a realtor about Jews looking at…

  16. You have lots of choices at Target Field

    Jan 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gonna buy tickets to the Twins’ new ballpark? Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan: The old Metrodome may have had questionable sightlines, but at least the ticket pricing was simple. The new Target Field, meanwhile, has 120 single-game ticket variations–more than five times what was available in the old park. The…

  17. The Rangers want to bring Colby Lewis back

    Jan 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Colby Lewis, a former first round draft pick for the Rangers, had an undistinguished stint in the majors.  OK, that’s putting it a bit lightly.  He had a 6.71 ERA, splitting time between starting and relieving over five seasons. He then went on to Japan for a couple of years where he seemed to find…

  18. Carlos Delgado's comeback begins

    Jan 4, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It was just a winter league game in Puerto Rico, and he went a mere 1 for 4, but given how long it’s been since Carlos Delgado picked up a bat in anger, it’s something.  For what it’s worth, Delgado said he felt fine, though he didn’t go overboard with it. In all likelihood he’ll…

  19. Picturing Pujols in Pinstripes

    Jan 4, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s a nauseating prospect for just about anyone who isn’t a Yankees fan, but Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune played the speculation game yesterday regarding Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez and other monster stars who could become available in the next couple of years: Pujols is talking a good game with the Cardinals.…

  20. Adrian Gonzalez is not going anywhere

    Jan 4, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Padres’ General Manager Jed Hoyer on the incessant Adrian Gonzalez speculation: “There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our payroll structure very well. So he’s certainly not…

  21. Citi Field and the mob

    Jan 4, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    I’d say “only in New York,” but I spent a fair amount of time in my legal practice doing construction law, and I learned that this kind of thing happens in lots of places: The Mets shelled out $51.6 million in taxpayer money to contractors shunned by the city for their ties to the Mafia,…

  22. The Mets turn their attention to pitching

    Jan 4, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Buried at the bottom of this piece in the New York Post about Jason Bay’s impending physical is mention that Omar Minaya “has turned attention in recent days to a starting pitching pool that includes Ben Sheets, Joel Piniero and Jon Garland.” This is good news for Mets fans, especially if it distracts Minaya from…

  23. New Year's resolutions for all 30 teams

    Jan 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    I’m kinda mad I didn’t think of this bit myself, but FanHouse’s Matt Snyder does a pretty good job of it, so I’ll get over it: Once the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to a new year, millions of people decide they are going to change something about themselves that they could just…

  24. Matt Kemp doesn't want a long term deal

    Jan 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have started to talk to Matt Kemp about a long term deal, but Kemp seems content to go year-to-year through arbitration and hit the market one day: “We’ve got to figure out if it even makes sense to do a multiyear. The club is looking for something, the player is looking for something.…

  25. Oh, and the Blue Jays are into Chapman too

    Jan 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It’s not just the Angels. ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reports that the Blue Jays are making a play for Chapman too, and it’s more than just talk: The Toronto Blue Jays held a private workout for the touted Cuban pitcher Thursday morning in Florida, then met with his representatives, a source close to Chapman told ESPN…

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