Author: Craig Calcaterra

Brett Anderson

The Dodgers formally announce their signing of Brett Anderson


It was first reported that Brett Anderson was signing with the Dodgers on December 15. I don’t know what everyone’s been doing for the past 16 days — my guess: working on Anderson’s road trip rider, which specifies which bottled waters and hand lotions he demands — but they have finally gotten around to finalizing the deal:

Arruebarrena played 22 games at short for the Dodgers as well as at four different minor league levels in 2014. That’s some moving around. Unfortunately, he didn’t play well at any of those five levels and now he’s on the way out. This after they signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba. The guy who signed him — Ned Colletti — still works in the Dodgers front office. That’s gotta be awkward for him. I feel like Andrew Friedman has had a few conversations with The Bobs about “fixing the glitch” with Colletti’s salary. Maybe moving his office and taking his stapler too.

As for Anderson, it’s a $10 million deal plus $4 million in potential incentives. He [presses the keys which store the “Brett Anderson Macro”] has long been one of the most promising lefties in the game and has pitched well when he’s pitched but has struggled to keep healthy. If he is healthy in 2015, the Dodgers will have a front-end quality starter at the back end of their rotation, which is a nice little trick.

I went on MLB Network and talked about the George Costanza approach to team building

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Brian Kenny filled in for Chris Russo on “High Heat” yesterday and had me on as a guest. We talked about a lot of stuff — Adam Dunn pitching, the Dodgers and Padres moves and the changes in GM ranks around major league baseball — but towards the end Kenny makes a radical suggestion about a GM who does . . . nothing. I sort of liked that!

So, if you can ignore the fact that my glasses were falling down my nose and that I’m carrying an unfortunate holiday season bloat at the moment, enjoy. Oh, also: Of the four tall buildings in the fake Columbus backdrop behind me: I worked in three of them over an 11-year period. I was the best lawyer ever.

Jesus Montero is in the Best Shape of His Life

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Neither he nor his adivisors made the claim, but they will soon, I can assure you:

Good for him. He has been in the process of eating and behaving his way out of the game the past couple of years — remember the ice cream sandwich incident? — but he just turned 25 and is probably still too young to give up on.

At Triple-A last year Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI over 97 games, and that was with him being out of shape. If this report is true — and if the weight loss is part of on overall attitude adjustment — there is still a chance that he could fulfill at least some portion of the promise he had as a young prospect.

Madison Bumgarner is the Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year

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Actually, three baseball players finished one, two and three in the AP’s voting for “Male Athlete of the Year.” The vote, cast by U.S. editors and news directors, went like this: 1. Madison Bumgarner; 2. Clayton Kershaw; and 3. Derek Jeter.

Bumgarner winning means that the postseason matters an awful lot to editors and news directors. Jeter coming in third means that column inches matters a lot too. Imagine that.



The Mariners are still considering Seth Smith

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The Padres have [frantically taps numbers on an adding machine, looks at the tape readout] a gabillion outfielders, and Seth Smith is one of them. Given that one cannot play a gabillion outfielders at a time — Mayo Smith and Mickey Stanley are not walking through that door — they probably need to trade one of them. One with some value is Seth Smith and he has been rumored to be going any number of places.

Last night Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported that Smith “is still a player the Mariners are considering,” and suggests that offers have been made.

Smith hit .266 with 12 homers and an .807 OPS in 136 games this past season. The Padres still may keep him because, despite being one of a gabillion, he’s one of the only ones who hit left-handed, but expect a lot of rumors about him in the meantime.