Author: Craig Calcaterra

Jon Lester

A “well-placed source” predicts Jon Lester will re-sign with the Red Sox


Rumors are fun:

Lester has given the usual “sure, I’d consider signing back there” lip-service you hear from free agents who were traded away from their long-time team. But it is the case that his long-time team has both the money and the need for his services, so maybe we’ll see the rare back-from-where-he-started signing.

Jake Peavy to turn a cable car into a mobile bar in Alabama

Cable Car

Jake Peavy, who bought a duck boat least year when the Red Sox won the Series, was reported a couple of weeks ago to be in the market for a San Francisco cable car if the Giants won. That’s going down, and TMZ reveals Peavy’s plans for the thing:

We spoke with Jake’s brother Luke Peavy, who tells us the whole thing is still a “work in progress” — but they’ve already got the plans drawn out.

Here’s the deal … the Peavy family owns a 5,000-acre estate in Alabama called Southern Falls Plantation — and the goal is to ship the cable car over to the property.

“Once it’s in ‘Bama, it will be turned into a mobile bar in Southern Falls,” Luke tells us.

Next year I hope Peavy goes to the Angels, wins the World Series and promises to buy the Queen Mary.

The Mets may not be done: they’re talking to the Rockies about Troy Tulowitzki

troy tulowitzki getty

Signing Michael Cuddyer is not a great move if it’s the biggest move you make. I mean, it may not be a great move anyway — it all depends on how much he can play — but it’s certainly not the kind of move you want to make your top move of the winter.

The Mets may not be making that their top move of the winter, however:

Now that would be something interesting. The Mets need a shortstop and the Rockies need pitching and you have to figure that, even if it is a longshot, these two clubs match up on paper for this kind of a deal.

Shocker: The Mets sign Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal

Michael Cuddyer Getty

We weren’t expecting this:

Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for $21 million.

The general consensus heading into the offseason was that the Mets were interested in Michael Cuddyer up until the point that the Rockies unexpectedly gave him a qualifying offer, which tied first-round pick compensation to him. That seemed like quite a price to pay for a guy who, while good when healthy, has not been healthy. And a guy whose recent offensive value has been pretty closely tied to Coors Field. With the Mets, publicly anyway, backing off of him, it was suspected by many that Cuddyer would be the first player to ever accept a qualifying offer.

Nope. Now the Mets have the corner outfielder they’ve been looking for. One who hit .307 with an .886 OPS in three seasons for the Rockies, but who also missed 206 of a possible 486 games, including playing just 49 games in 2014.

Our D.J. Short — a Mets fan — made a good point on Twitter just now:

Yep. You’ve already lost your draft pick, so don’t bother with half-measures. Go out and get yourself more talent. If you’re singing 36-year-olds, you expect to win now. So go try to win now.

The Rays add Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville to their large list of managerial candidates

Barry Larkin

The Rays unveiled eight candidates to replace Joe Maddon last week. Now they’ve introduced two more: Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville:

Larkin’s playing credentials are obvious but he has basically been a broadcaster and studio analyst since he retired. Doug Glanville is an author these days, having penned numerous excellent columns for the New York Times on both baseball and other things. Smart guy, but he hasn’t been inside baseball for a while. I suppose, though, there is something to be said about casting a wide net.

But the Rays have certainly cast it publicly. They have ten candidates in total, all released via social media like this, which just seems rather odd and game-showy for a managerial search. Maybe that makes me a grump or something, but I feel like this is, in some way I can’t put my finger on it, a bit rude to all of the candidates who, in some cases, may prefer at least some element of deniability to all of this.

Also, these graphics remind me of this:


Smarf for Rays manager!