Author: Craig Calcaterra

Melky Cabrera

The Royals and Reds are interested in Melky Cabrera


I feel like Melky is going to be Reggie Sanders going forward. Competent journeyman who doesn’t stay in a place long and plays well for everyone except Atlanta. From Heyman:

The American League champion Royals, looking for bats, have been in contact with former Royal Melky Cabrera . . . Cincinnati was tied earlier to Aoki and Morse, but if the Reds decide to go for it, they may stretch for Cabrera.


Of course, Melky played for the Royals once before. Back then he was trying to stay in the bigs. Now he’s likely looking for a longer term deal. He is said to want to play on the east coast or the Midwest, however, so his options aren’t as wide as they could be.

Report: the Rays, and other Tampa sports teams, had indentured servants working their concessions

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This report from the Tampa Bay Times is a couple of days old, but I just saw it via Deadspin, who picked up and brought it to our attention on Sunday.

The upshot: concession operators for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the the Rays, the Lightning, and the Daytona 500 all employed labor from a ministry called New Beginnings, which labor investigators have characterized as “indentured servitude.” Specifically, the money the workers earned working the concession stands goes directly to the ministry which provides the men with shelter and food. Investigators say, however, that the ministry takes advantage of the men, many of whom are mentally ill and/or drug addicted, and fails to provide them with the services and support it claims.

For what it’s worth, the company which runs the Tropicana Field concessions says it was unaware of the arrangement and that it violates its terms.

Read the while investigative report. And then take a step back and marvel at what some people will do to make a buck.

Tim Brosnan, V.P. of business, is leaving MLB

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Major League Baseball just announced that Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business and CEO of MLB Enterprises, will depart from MLB at the end of January.

Brosnan was a finalist for the commissioner’s job which went to Rob Manfred. He had been with Major League Baseball since 1991, and had spearheaded many of MLB’s sponsorship and business deals. Manfred is basically squeezing him out, however, by naming MLB Advanced Media President Bob Bowman “chief revenue officer” and putting him more squarely in charge of overall business matters, rather than simply limiting him to digital initiatives.

As Maury Brown wrote in November, baseball’s previous structure — Bowman on the digital side, Brosnan doing other things — was frustrating for sponsors and would-be partners who would prefer to deal with MLB in a unified way rather than have to talk to two different shops, as it were. It also created turf wars internally, some say. I have spoken personally to at least one club employee who said it was really, really frustrating to have to clear ideas and initiatives through two offices, practically speaking.

Bowman’s ascension means that Brosnan was, as the British like to say, made redundant.

The Dodgers sign Darwin Barney to a one-year deal

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The Dodgers signed infielder Darwin Barney to a one-year deal last night. He made $2.3 million in 2014. His deal for 2015: $2.525 million.

Barney can’t hit a lick, but he’s useful as a reserve infielder. Primarily a second baseman when he was with the Cubs, when the Dodgers got him last year he played a bit of shortstop in both L.A. and at Triple-A. He’s probably one of the few second baseman out there who can go left on the defensive spectrum like that, and his ability to do so should help him stick as a utility guy.