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Craig Calcaterra

  1. UPDATE: The Orioles have not offered Matt Holliday $130 million

    Dec 30, 2009, 2:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE: “Andy MacPhail vehemently denied a report today from that said the club had made an 8-year, $130 million offer to free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday.”  Buster Olney‘s source: “The story is not accurate in any respect.” Ahem. I wonder if someone, say, an agent known for trying to create the perception of high demand…

  2. Remember the Jays signing Ramon Castro? Well, they kinda didn't

    Dec 30, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    I’m not going to say that the hot stove season moves a bit too fast for its own good these days, but it was probably only a matter of time before this happened: It turns out that the power-hitting back-up catcher who everyone reported that the Blue Jays had signed earlier this month is still…

  3. The Dodgers are interested in Joel Piniero

    Dec 30, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    That same Buster Olney post from last hour also has Buster hearing that the Dodgers are interested in Joel Piniero. Which is fairly hilarious given that (a) the Dodgers made no effort to keep Randy Wolf because they were afraid of what he’d cost; and (b) Piniero recently said, in effect, that he wants more…

  4. So, how will Bay do in Citi Field?

    Dec 30, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    It’s behind the Insider wall, but Buster Olney passes along some analysis from the ESPN stats department — the members of whom I picture working in some shabby off-site building like the Major Crimes detail on “The Wire” — who project Jason Bay to hit 30 homers overall next year, 10 at home, 20 on…

  5. The Grapefruit League vs. the Cactus League

    Dec 30, 2009, 10:47 AM EDT

    This spring there will be 15 teams training in Arizona and 15 training in Florida. As many teams outside of Florida as in is a first, and Florida politicians don’t like it: It’s a trend that concerns Florida tourism officials and lawmakers, who are determined to keep the Grapefruit League’s 15 teams, if not entice…

  6. Sox extend Lowell through 2012!

    Dec 30, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    No, not that one. The other one: The Boston Red Sox and Lowell (MA) Spinners today announced the extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) for an additional two years. The extension keeps the Red Sox New York-Penn League Short-Season Single-A affiliate in Lowell through the 2012 season. Oh, don’t look at me like that.…

  7. A bit more on the third-team-in-New York thing

    Dec 30, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    SI’s Tim Marchman is the one who got the lets-put-a-third-team-in-New York stuff going the other day. The followup posts on the subject by myself and others led to two primary objections: (1) it’ll never happen because Hal Steinbrenner and Fred Wilpon won’t let it happen; and (2) it won’t work, because the Yankees are too…

  8. An American manager in Venezuela

    Dec 30, 2009, 9:33 AM EDT

    Neat story in the New York Times yesterday about former Braves farmhand and minor league manager Buddy Bailey who has managed the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan league since 2002.  Is it weird to be an American manager in a country whose government is so hostile to Americans? Nah, he just channels Norman Dale:…

  9. Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame ballot is A-OK

    Dec 30, 2009, 9:05 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal says that he usually limits his Hall of Fame ballot to two or three elite candidates, but this year he votes for nine guys: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Lee Smith, and Alan Trammell.  Rosenthal is only one voter, but since he has so…

  10. What they're saying about the Jason Bay signing

    Dec 30, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Remember last night when I said the Rob Neyer’s quote about the Jason Bay deal was a great example of “less is more”?  Well, I found a better example: no words that say it all.  Now here are some comments from people who weren’t quite as concise in their analysis: Pete Abraham: “Look at this…

  11. The A's are "in the thick" of the Aroldis Chapman bidding

    Dec 30, 2009, 7:59 AM EDT

    So says Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, citing “major league sources.” Slusser notes that the A’s have been known to make a coup or two on the international market, having signed Michael Ynoa two years ago, outbidding the Yankees for the young Dominican pitcher’s services, so it’s not at all silly to think…

  12. Quote of the Day: Neyer on the Bay signing

    Dec 29, 2009, 7:30 PM EDT

    We’ve given you in depth analysis of the Jason Bay signing, but sometimes less is more. Here was Rob Neyer’s take within minutes of the announcement, focusing on how, despite Bay’s apparent preferences, he wound up with the Mets instead of the Red Sox: We can probably figure Bay’s pride was a factor, along with…

  13. UPDATE: OK, the Mets may not yet have signed Bengie Molina

    Dec 29, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    Amazin’ Avenue, via Pat Andriola, says that ESPN 1050 is saying that the Mets have signed Bengie Molina.  No one else has this yet, but it wouldn’t be terribly unexpected if it happened.  Last we heard they were fighting over length-of-deal, with Molina wanting three years and the Mets wanting one year plus an option.…

  14. Thinnest rumor of the year: Jim Thome and the Tigers

    Dec 29, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    How thin? I’m going to base it on a single tweet from MSG Network’s Tina Cervasio, who said that she saw Jim Thome in a suburban Detroit hotel a few minutes ago.  Does that mean Thome is talking to the Tigers? Hey, why not!  TMZ is getting into sports gossip, you know. If that works…

  15. Mark DeRosa was tired of being Plan B

    Dec 29, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch, passing along Mark DeRosa’s answer to a question about the Cardinals never getting around to making him an offer this winter: “I was just tired of being a lot of teams’ Plan B.” Can’t say as I blame him. No one wants to be stepped over. People want to go…

  16. Bay's physical might not be a formality

    Dec 29, 2009, 4:03 PM EDT

    We’ll have more analysis of the Bay signing later — my favorite reader comment so far compares it to the Mets getting Kevin McReynolds in 1987 — but in the meantime, know that it’s not necessarily a done deal.  We passed along reports over a month ago that Bay’s health might be a concern. Jerry…

  17. REPORT: Jason Bay signs with the Mets

    Dec 29, 2009, 2:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman tweets that it’s a four year, $66 million deal, but with an “easy vest” for a fifth year.  Depending how easy, it may as well be a five year deal. 2:14 P.M: WFAN’s Mike Francesa just announced that the Mets have signed Jason Bay pending a physical. No details yet — Francesa…

  18. Death threat over a Dodgers cap? Sure, that's reasonable.

    Dec 29, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Given how territorial New Yorkers seem to be, maybe that whole bring a third team to New York thing is too dangerous an idea: A baseball fan threatened to kill a stranger who was wearing a Los Angeles Dodger’s hat in a Brooklyn diner yesterday. According to the Post, 38-year-old suspect Marcos Esteban — who…

  19. Lester Rodney 1911-2009

    Dec 29, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    Most of you probably never heard of Lester Rodney. And for good reason. His claim to fame was being the sports editor for The Daily Worker, the newspaper of American Communist Party from the 1930s to the 1950s.  I read scores of back issues of the Daily Worker for a class I took in college.…

  20. Scott Boras: the teflon agent

    Dec 29, 2009, 11:25 AM EDT

    Buster Olney has an article up about Scott Boras over at ESPN today. It’s framed with a “I guess we’ll wait and see what Boras does” kind of thing, but the meat of it — and Buster’s probable intention — is to catalog some of Boras’ screwups in recent years.  The highlights: Having Jason Varitek…

  21. Why are the Yankees pretending to have a budget this year?

    Dec 29, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Well, they have some budget. I mean, eventually we’ll would reach a point where the Yankees actually can’t afford to meet payroll. I just think that number is way higher than the $198 million they’re claiming to be held to this year.  So why are they sticking to this likely artificial budget? Because next year…

  22. Jeff Pearlman probably needs to stop writing about the Pirates

    Dec 29, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mere days after writing an article for Sports Illustrated about the Pittsburgh Pirates that he kicked himself over for being “mediocre,” Jeff Pearlman posts about what he feels to be another Pirate misstep: the July 2008 trade of of Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Daniel McCutchen, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens and…

  23. The 2000s in a nutshell

    Dec 29, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    I think I’ve read two dozen decade-in-baseball retrospectives in the past week, but they all seem to come back to this nugget, articulated today in the Star-Ledger’s version: The 2000s were dominated by steroids and everything we learned about them: how widespread they were, who juiced, who was responsible and how it impacted the game.…

  24. "Zero chance" the Yankees sign Bay or Holliday

    Dec 29, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    I’ve suspected for a while that the Yankees whole “we’re going to start Brett Gardner in left field” talk was just that, and that eventually they’d sign a big bat out there.  Remember when Bubba Crosby was going to start and then they went out and signed Johnny Damon?  Yeah, that sort of thing. Not…

  25. Is Edgar Martinez is a Hall of Famer?

    Dec 29, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT

    It’s Edgar Martinez’s first year of eligibility this year. Today Michael Weddell has a comprehensive statistical breakdown/Hall of Fame analysis of the guy at The Baseball Analysts. Weddell believes he is a Hall of Famer and makes a pretty strong case to back it up. I think I’m convinced that Martinez is a Hall of…

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