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Craig Calcaterra

  1. The Dodgers and Matt Kemp have reached a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Dylan Hernandez reports that Kemp’s deal is worth $10.95 million. $4 million this year, $6.95 million in 2011. 12:14 P.M.’s Ken Gurnick tweets that L.A. and Kemp have reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year contract, pending a physical. No word on the dough.  As mentioned the other day, this buys out two…

  2. More Josh Johnson contract details

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Following up on last night’s Josh Johnson news, Marlins beat writer Joe Firsario reports that the deal contains a $500,000 bonus for a Cy Young award and a $50,000 bump in the extremely likely event that he makes the All-Star game.  I mean, yeah, Hanley Ramirez will be your designated Marlins representative in the All-Star…

  3. Thief posed as a Chicago Cub to get a truck

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    From the police blotter: A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car. Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter, of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him…

  4. UPDATE: It would "take a miracle" for the Braves to sign Johnny Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, Boras may need to find another mystery team, because’s Mark Bowman is throwing cold water on the idea that the Braves are really interested in the guy: From what I can gather, the Braves would become players in the Damon sweepstakes if his price drops to somewhere in the neighborhood of $1-2…

  5. The Dodgers are busy today: Billingsley signs too

    Jan 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Following up on Matt Kemp’s deal, Chad Billingsley has signed a deal avoiding arbitration as well. One year, $3.85 million. Billingsley is 24 years old with a 47-30 record and 3.55 ERA in 634 career innings. He was stepped over, Fredo-style, in the playoffs, and it was reported that the Dodgers were dangling him for…

  6. Rooting for Brett Myers

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Brett Myers may want to “stick it” to the Phillies, and most Phillies fans will probably boo the living hell out of the guy because of it, but don’t count Bill Baer from Crashburn Alley in that crowd: I don’t have a problem with what Myers said. In fact, I like it and we should…

  7. Padres, Heath Bell reach a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Closer Heath Bell and the Padres avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $4 million deal. That’s a big raise for Bell, who made $1.255 million last year, but Bell wasn’t a top closer yet when he struck last year’s deal, he was a setup guy. $4 million for one of the best closers in the…

  8. Bud's Special Committee met for four hours yesterday

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’d make a joke about the length of the meeting, but I’ve had barroom arguments about the DH alone that have lasted longer than that, so such lengthy discourse is to be expected. Sadly, however, no one is talking about what the big Special Committee is up to.  Joe Torre: “Please don’t ask me anything…

  9. Joe Torre on being done in 2011: "I've lied before so it doesn't matter"

    Jan 15, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    That’s what he said immediately after saying yesterday that 2011 would be his last year. I like it when baseball people allow themselves to be honest like that.  The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin spoke with Torre on a bunch of other topics as well: He expects that Manny Ramirez will be back as “a middle-of-the-lineup…

  10. Diamondbacks likely to release Eric Byrnes

    Jan 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Byrnes has been designated for assignment. 10:00 A.M.: The Diamondbacks need to make room on the roster for Adam LaRoche, and according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, they’re most likely going to do it by releasing Eric Byrnes. Byrnes’ deal has to be one of the more spectacular contract disasters in recent…

  11. McGwire's lawyers feared prosecution in 2005

    Jan 15, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The legal jeopardy Mark McGwire faced in 2005 was all rather murky at the time, but when things are murky is when things are dangerous.  As the Daily News reports, his lawyers certainly feared that he’d be dragged into BALCO, the FBI’s Project Equine or some mystery Florida steroids investigation if he testified, and that’s…

  12. The Mets talk to Jerry Hairston

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Now that Carlos Beltran is going to be missing some time the Mets need some help, and according to Ken Rosenthal they’ve made contact with free agent utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. Hairston hit .251/.315/.394 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 383 at-bats between the Reds and Yankees last season. Over that time he…

  13. Roger Maris is not a Hall of Famer

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    After McGwire started talking you just knew this was coming: If nothing else, Maris should at least have a spot in the Hall of Fame . . . Maris doesn’t have incredible career numbers — 275 homers and 851 RBIs in 12 seasons — but a few things stand out other than the 61 homers…

  14. Josh Johnson signs with the Marlins; four years, $39 million

    Jan 14, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    That gun the union put to the Marlins’ head has paid quick dividends for Josh Johnson, who just had his arbitration and two years of free agency bought out by Florida, to the tune of four years, $39 million. Johnson turns 26 later this month.  He was 15-5 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and…

  15. Brad Lidge has surgery

    Jan 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Phillies closer Brad Lidge had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.  Something to do with “loose bodies and meniscal debridement.” I hate it when that happens. He’ll start throwing again in ten days or so.  It’s unclear if he’ll be ready to go by Opening Day.  If he can’t go, the Phillies will…

  16. Jose Valverde signs with the Tigers

    Jan 14, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Jose Valverde has reached a two-year agreement with the Tigers.  It’s for $14 million, with an option for a third year. I’m a bit surprised that a deal like that was signed this late in the hot stove season. Indeed, from Valverde’s perspective, this is the best deal any closer…

  17. Pirates close to signing Octavio Dotel

    Jan 14, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Multiple tweetings of this news, which has been brewing for some time. In other Pirates news, Maury Brown reports that they’re giving Ryan Church the #18 jersey.  Which used to be Andy Van Slyke’s number.  I always liked Andy Van Slyke.  I assume Pirates fans do too, even if the decision to keep him over…

  18. Joe Torre: 2011 will definitely be my final year

    Jan 14, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    At least that’s what USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says he says. Of course, Torre is only under contract through 2010. If the team implodes or if it goes broke and gets mired in McCourt nonsense, isn’t it possible that they’ll say thanks-but-no-thanks to a manager making $4 million or more for an additional year? UPDATE: …

  19. Selig pretends he just learned about McGwire's steroid use

    Jan 14, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    Sports Business Daily caught up with Bud Selig at the owners’ meetings yesterday and got a couple of additional quotes from him about McGwire: “My public statement, which I wrote over and over and over, says exactly how I feel on the matter. I just don’t want to add to that. I painstakingly went over…

  20. Ben Sheets to throw for potential suitors on Tuesday

    Jan 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tim Kurkjian reports that Ben Sheets is tan, rested and ready: “That was my first summer off. No baseball player can even remember the last summer he had off. I did July 4th and Labor Day with the family. The time off refreshed me. It made me realize how much I love baseball. I missed…

  21. Mets are "disappointed" in Beltran; won't take any further action

    Jan 14, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The Mets have spoken.  Assistant GM John Rico says that they say that they had the conversations with Boras, but that “the conversation with Scott was very direct in we said we do not want him to have surgery until we’ve reviewed the info.” Ricco said that the team wanted a “third opinion.”  They…

  22. Why weren't the Mets in on LaRoche?

    Jan 14, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Deep Thought: For what the Mets are going to likely pay Bengie Molina, they could have signed Adam LaRoche and any of the multiple $3 million-and-cheaper catchers who have signed this winter and who aren’t appreciably worse than Molina, including but not limited to Gregg Zaun, Miguel Olivo, John Buck, and Ivan Rodriguez. And even…

  23. UPDATE: MLB kicks in $1 million for Haitian relief

    Jan 14, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    2:20 P.M.:  Bud Selig has just announced that Major League Baseball has kicked in $1 million via UNICEF. 11:30 A.M.: Great move by the Yankees: The New York Yankees announced today that they were donating $500,000 in support of rescue and relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Haiti. The catastrophic event has devastated an…

  24. Braves, Cabrera reach a deal

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    Most teams don’t go to arbitration with their arbitration-eligible players, and the Braves less so than most. So it’s no surprise that they’ve reached a deal with new-arrival Melky Cabrera. It’s a $3.1 million deal, reports ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. The Braves will only pay $2.6 million of that, however, as the Yankees agreed to kick…

  25. The Cubs introduce Rudy Jaramillo; consider Jermaine Dye

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    As the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan notes, “The Cubs may be the only team in history to bring their new hitting coach to town for an introductory news conference while letting their most prominent free agent signee do his talking over the phone.”  But a news conference it was, and Rudy Jaramillo spoke about his guru…

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