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Craig Calcaterra

  1. Gammons speaks

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    A lot of you responded to the Peter Gammons news yesterday by saying something like “Good! Now that Boston homer can do his Boston homer stuff!”  Well, you’re not 100% wrong.  Gammons, speaking to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe: “A big part of it is that I just want to be home more .…

  2. Great Moments in Winter Meetings History . . .

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    . . .  have to Include listening to Ozzie Guillen talk about Tiger Woods’ problems.  I can’t repeat any of it, partially because it was in an informal off-the-record setting, but mostly because NBC would fire me, the Marion County, Indiana authorities would arrest me for trafficking in extreme obscenity and I’m pretty sure my…

  3. The Red Sox are interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    So tweets Buster Olney. At this point you’d have to figure Crisp as a backup outfielder/pinch runner type for the Red Sox, though other teams have expressed interest in him in a more substantial role. Crisp had his season cut short by shoulder surgeries last year, but thanks to the crappy Royals medical staff he…

  4. The Angels are getting serious about Halladay

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    How do we know this?  They’re now willing to include Erick Aybar in a trade, which had previously been considered verboten. The Blue Jays asked for Aybar during negotiations last summer.  If he’s on the table now, it’s much more likely that the Jays would consider sending Doc west.

  5. John Lackey may not get the six years he wants

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    John Lackey is reported to want something better in terms of money and years than A.J. Burnett got last winter.  A.J. Burnett got five years and $82 million. That puts Lackey’s demand in the six-year range, with total dollars approaching $100 million. Guess what: he ain’t gettin’ that from the Angels, reports Mike DiGiovanna of…

  6. The Cardinals are being held hostage by Matt Holliday and Scott Boras

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    With Houston apparently giving Miguel Tejada the kiss off yesterday, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that Tony La Russa may be interested in bringing him in.  It’s more of a “personal interest” on La Russa’s part, Strauss says, but that he has been discussed by others in the Cardinals organization. But as…

  7. Gearing up for Wednesday at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 AM EDT

    Each night the bar and lobby scene at the Winter Meetings lasts a bit longer, which in turn means that the morning starts a bit later. It takes a bit longer for the press room to fill up and the tweets to start flying. The line at Starbucks is deeper and deeper.  I bet I…

  8. The Nats are totally full of it

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    We’ve had all day to assimilate it, but no one around here has yet to make sense of the Nationals giving Pudge Rodriguez two years and $6 million.  So someone finally decided to ask the Nats about it.  The response, not for attribution apparently, is that Pudge had offers – note the plural — from…

  9. The Braves are already looking to trade Soriano

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Rafael Soriano gave Braves’ GM Frank Wren the OK to trade him immediately after accepting arbitration, and that the Braves have already had discussions with “multiple teams.“ Sorta makes J.C. Bradbury’s scenario I linked this morning seem all the more plausible.

  10. The Mariners officially announce the Chone Figgins deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:01 PM EDT

    The best evidence that Major League Baseball needs to re-think the whole structure of the Winter Meetings is taking place in front of me as I type this: up on the stage, the Mariners are officially announcing the Chone Figgins signing. The signing that everyone has known about for several days. To be sure, there…

  11. Miguel Tejada is not going back to Houston

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:54 PM EDT

    Astros GM Ed Wade is “certain” that a deal cannot be done for Miguel Tejada and that he will not be returning to the Astros. He wants too many years, and if you don’t trust Tejada about anything, it’s years. Tejada has said that he’s willing to move to third.  There are still several teams…

  12. Manny Acta is lookin' good

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT

    This is the look of a man with job security.

  13. Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

    If the Yankees traded Derek Jeter to the Mets for two minor leaguers, about half of this media room would be running around like crazy.  About 15 minutes ago, the entire media room started running around like crazy.  Why? Because one of their own is getting dealt, and it’s a big big name: Baseball Hall…

  14. Great Moments in history repeating itself

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    The same dude just struck again.  The scene: Joe Maddon sit-down. The reporter: the same Japanese guy from yesterday. The questions: (1) What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance?; and (2) Would you like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in your lineup? I’m going to find that guy in the…

  15. The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:53 PM EDT

    Case in point, Jim Bowden, who just said this on Sirius radio about the Pudge Rodriguez deal: “Following in the footsteps of Paul Lo Duca and Dmitri Young, another bad [signing] by the Nationals.” That’s former Nats GM Jim Bowden. The man who signed both Lo Duca and Young.  I sure hope he had his…

  16. Someone needs to tell A.J. Hinch that Max Scherzer got traded

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Hinch is talking to the media now for his pre-scheduled availability, and he was asked a question about the development of the kids in Arizona, the young rotation, etc., and he kept going on and on about Max Scherzer’s development as a starter and how he’s an ace-in-training. I suppose it’s possible that he’s…

  17. "Looks like the three-way trade is going to happen"

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT

    So says the Inside The D-Backs blog at MLB.com.  “D-backs would give up Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth and receive pitchers Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson.” He’s the only one I’ve seen saying that so far, though there is growing optimism in all quarters. Jon Morosi is saying that it’s “closer” and that they’re “making…

  18. The Baseball Trade Show is insane

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:07 PM EDT

    I just took a break from reading everyone’s tweets and admiring Mel Antonen’s haircut to walk over to the Convention Center to check out the Trade Show.  It’s really something to behold. Geared more towards the minor leagues than the majors, the Trade Show is where some 300 exhibitors hawk wares ranging from caps, blankets,…

  19. The Mets and Luis Castillo

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times’ Ben Shpigel asks why the Mets seem insistent on dealing Luis Castillo.  Seems like an easy call to me: he has no range he has no power, he makes too much money, and there are actually teams out there who might want to deal for him. The real question, it seems,…

  20. The Dodgers are not broke. Um, probably.

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    There are all sorts of indications that the Dodgers are broke — not offering arbitration to Randy Wolf, shopping George Sherrill, unconvincingly pretending to be interested in Roy Halladay — but Ned Colletti tells Dylan Hernandez of the LAT that it isn’t so: Asked whether the Dodgers’ payroll could decrease, Colletti said, “Not at the…

  21. Whitey Herzog in the House

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:07 AM EDT

    Whitey Herzog is in the press room for his welcome-to-the-Hall-of-Fame press conference.  I’m a huge Whitey Herzog fan. I grew up in the 80s, so his legend loomed large.  Just because I’m in the press room doesn’t mean I’m not still a fan, so I went up to him. Me: “Whitey, can I get a…

  22. Jason Kendall is not bright

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Random conversation overheard in the hallway here at the Meetings: “So Melvin tells Kendall’s agent — ‘I got $2 million to pay a catcher. You let me know if you want it or not.’ Kendall thinks he’s worth more than that and says no.  Jesus, what the hell does that guy think he’s worth? He…

  23. Angels interested in Matsui

    Dec 8, 2009, 10:40 AM EDT

    One of the more interesting sight at the Marriott early last evening was the throng of Japanese media standing in the lobby by the front doors, apparently waiting for someone or something.  What were they waiting for?  “Mr. Reagins,” said one of the photographers. This is how you know that the Angels are interested in…

  24. The Mets make a late push for Wolf

    Dec 8, 2009, 10:32 AM EDT

    The Brewers and Randy Wolf don’t have a deal just yet. The Mets have swept in and, while they may not be willing to do the three years Milwaukee is, they are meeting with Wolf’s people this morning and may try to go bigger dollars on two years. Wolf is the best pitcher available, non-Lackey…

  25. A sign and trade deal for Soriano? That's so crazy it just might work!

    Dec 8, 2009, 10:20 AM EDT

    J.C. Bradbury is either on to something here or else he’s engaging in a particularly elaborate form of Braves-fan rationalization. Upshot: maybe Rafael Soriano’s acceptance of arbitration was designed to get him out of Atlanta and into a multi-year deal without his new team having to pay up in compensatory draft picks. If that’s what’s…

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