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Craig Calcaterra

  1. 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…

  2. A "Major, major update on the Mets" coming later today

    Dec 29, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Um, oops. Guess I was too quick to doubt Francesa. Apologies, Mike. Yesterday, WFAN’s Mike Francesa said he will give a “major, major update on the Mets,” during today’s show. Color me dubious that it will be about the Mets signing Jason Bay or even Bengie Molina or something big like that.  Heck, color…

  3. Aroldis Chapman about to incur multi-million dollar tax liability

    Dec 29, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sharp observation by ESPN’s Jorge Arangure, Jr.:  If Aroldis Chapman doesn’t sign a deal and receive his bonus by Thursday at midnight, he’s going to get a multi-million dollar tax bill that he could have totally avoided. Why? Because, Arangure reports, signing bonuses that are received outside the U.S., by a non-U.S. resident, and in…

  4. Let's put a third team in New York

    Dec 28, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    While we all grouse about how much money the Yankees have, Sports Illustrated’s Tim Marchman reminds us why, exactly, they have so much money: According to the measure used by the Office of Management and Budget, the New York metropolitan region numbers about 19 million people. In other words, New York has one MLB team…

  5. Random Bert Blyleven facts

    Dec 28, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    I’m pretty sure that this is the slowest news day in baseball history. As such, I surfed around for some random Bert Blyleven facts that speak to some of the criticisms and/or put some of his accomplishments in perspective. Yes, there is an undeniable element of cherry picking to this — like I said this…

  6. Yankees not in on Jermaine Dye

    Dec 28, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    John Heyman tweets that, contrary to earlier reports, the Yankees are not interested in Jermaine Dye. In other words, you can stop worrying now, Jason. 

  7. Extremely minor deal theater: Seattle Mariners

    Dec 28, 2009, 2:44 PM EDT

    I’d like to think that the Mariners saw what the Nationals did earlier today, decided that they would NOT be outdone in the almost negligible transaction department and rushed to sign Josh Bard and Chad Cordero. Maybe this isn’t quite as minor as Washington’s deal: you actually start your backup catcher once in a while,…

  8. The Nats sign Eric Bruntlett, some other guy

    Dec 28, 2009, 1:50 PM EDT

    The Washington Nationals have signed infielder Eric Bruntlett and first baseman Josh Whitesell. The shocking thing about this is not so much that someone managed to snatch up Bruntlett and Whitesell before the bidding wars began, as it is that we learn about it through a team press release. My guess:  Buster Olney and Ken…

  9. The oddballs of the free agent market

    Dec 28, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT

    Let’s take the lull in the hot stove season to think about available free agents. Not the best available ones. That would (a) lead to more Matt Holliday and Jason Bay talk, and who needs more of that right now; and (b) it would take some thinking, and today’s the Monday after a holiday and…

  10. The clock is ticking, Mr. Holliday

    Dec 28, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors has a nice summary of the state of Matt Holliday’s market.  The upshot: he’s gone from an offer that would have paid him $82 million over four years from the Rockies in 2008 to a five or maybe six year deal that would pay him $80 million from the Cardinals, and maybe…

  11. Another Hall of Fame Ballot

    Dec 28, 2009, 10:59 AM EDT

    I’m not going to relay every Hall of Fame ballot I see, but since we were just talking about it this morning, here’s Bob Klapisch’s: Alomar, Blyleven, Dawson, Larkin, Morris, Raines. Do I agree with it 100%? No. I still don’t think Morris belongs and I’d love to see Alan Trammell mentioned on more ballots.…

  12. Sammy Sosa was crazy like a fox

    Dec 28, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

    There’s an article up at the New York Times about the 2005 steroid hearings before Congress. Good stuff that attempts to put it all in perspective at the end of the decade. But I still gotta take issue with one often-repeated sentiment about those hearings: Sosa said he had never taken steroids and suggested that…

  13. The Braves have several options

    Dec 28, 2009, 9:59 AM EDT

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the Braves have $7 million to play with and still plan on making a move or two.  Possibilities: going after another bat, such as Xavier Nady, who would be useful because he could fill the hole in left and cover for Glaus if he continues to be fraglie…

  14. Wang could still come back to New York

    Dec 28, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    It’s largely out of his control, but Sam Bordon of the LoHud Yankees blog has a Taiwanese correspondent who says that Chien-Ming Wang has no hard feelings about being non-tendered by the Yankees and would consider coming back once his rehab was over, likely by May or June. Seems to me that if Wang gets…

  15. Omar Minaya: "We are pursuing Matt Holliday"

    Dec 28, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    With the Jason Bay negotiations at an utter standstill, that whole “we think Jason Bay may be easier to sign than Matt Holliday” stuff we had previously heard from the Mets may no longer be operative. I mean sure, Holliday is represented by Boras, but at least Boras will return your calls.  Bay is apparently…

  16. Bud Selig: "it was a difficult year but a wonderful year"

    Dec 28, 2009, 8:31 AM EDT

    The week between Christmas and New Year’s means that everyone and their brother will be writing year-in-review stuff.  Might as well lead with the guy in charge: “It was a difficult year, but a wonderful year. There were a lot of clubs that had difficulty, some were significantly impacted, but in terms of management, in…

  17. Hall of Fame: If you're voting for Jack Morris, how do you not vote for Blyleven?

    Dec 28, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman set off an hours-long debate last night on Twitter when he revealed his Hall of Fame ballot: just mailed Hall of Fame ballot, beating deadline yet again. voted for alomar, dawson, larkin, parker, morris & mattingly At the outset, let me give Heyman some credit. After tweeting that, a cubic crap-ton…

  18. Was Billy Martin a Hall of Fame Manager?

    Dec 26, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    Not a lot of news today, so why not some links?  Here’s one from MLB.com remembering Billy Martin in all of his complicated glory twenty years after his death. Maybe it’s because he was in his managing heyday when I was introduced to baseball as a kid in the late 70s, but I always thought…

  19. Some Red Sox odds and ends from Peter Gammons

    Dec 26, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Now that Peter Gammons is officially back covering the Red Sox as a part of his NESN gig, he probably feels a lot more comfortable simply working the Boston sources he’s cultivated for thirty some-odd years, and we get the benefit of it.  He was on WEEI the other day and offered the following Sox…

  20. The A's are talking with Adrian Beltre

    Dec 26, 2009, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Justin Duchscherer-to-the-A’s thing makes sense to me. He’s cheap and he’s familiar and even if things get sideways sometimes this season, he’d be easy to trade or release. But Adrian Beltre? It’s being reported that the A’s are talking to him too (Buster Olney says it’s a “serious look”).  Which seems kind of nuts…

  21. Justin Duchscherer signs with the A's

    Dec 26, 2009, 8:40 AM EDT

    Somewhere there’s a guy who came up with the idea to fasten all of the little parts of kids’ toys to the box with clamshell packaging, elastic bands and twisty wires.  While I’m sure the idea was to make the product look cool on the store shelf, the benefits of his innovation are far outweighed…

  22. Not a creature was stirring . . .

    Dec 24, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Or tweeting, even.  Yes, even the hyperactive hot stove season sleeps sometimes, and it appears as though it has gone to sleep for Christmas as of late this morning.  Oh, someone may still be doing some last minute shopping — at least one store is open, with plenty left on the shelves — but most…

  23. Juan Uribe close to signing with the Giants

    Dec 24, 2009, 11:12 AM EDT

    Rosenthal tweets that Juan Uribe is close to returning to the Giants.  The Yankees and Red Sox have arms races involving ace starting pitchers. The Giants and Dodgers one-up each other with marginal infielders like Juan Uribe and Jamey Carroll. Seriously though, he had a decent enough year as a second baseman/utility guy in San…

  24. The worst Met moments of the decade

    Dec 24, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Uncertainty is not comfortable, so as nothing continues to happen for the Mets this offseason, fans have a choice:  keep their hopes up or go into full-blown bitter mode.  For those choosing the latter course, Bill Price of the Daily News has just what you need: a rundown of the worst things that have gone…

  25. Annie and Nuke break up

    Dec 24, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s Christmas Eve, so there isn’t a lot of real baseball news happening, so forgive me for delving into quasi-quasi-quasi baseball news.  The news: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who met on the set of my most favoritist baseball movie of all time, have broken up after 22 years together as a couple. Such a…

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