Author: Craig Calcaterra

Melky Cabrera

The Blue Jays and Melky Cabrera have begun talking about a contract


Melky Cabrera is a free agent after the World Series ends, but the Jays are at least talking about trying to keep him in the fold. Very tentatively talking:

“Clearly both sides right now can’t seem to get together for various reasons,” Alex Anthopoulos said on The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Friday. Yet the Blue Jays general manager said the team has had “some conversations” with Cabrera in the hopes of extending his stay in Toronto.

Cabrera had a great year until he broke his finger, batting .301/.351/.458 with 16 homers and 73 RBI over 139 games. Even if he gets a qualifying offer from the Jays, he should have ample interest in his services this offseason.

Video: looking back at the Royals’ and Orioles’ considerable ALCS history

George Brett

Maybe it’s not terribly recent, but both the Orioles and the Royals have a ton of history in the ALCS. And today MLB Productions has two great videos with highlights of those appearances.

Fun stuff abounds here, including shots of young Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox losing. Angry George Steinbrenner reaction shots. An Orioles highlight that, production-wise, seems like it’s from 100 years ago yet mentions Jim Palmer, who is a guy I remember playing in my lifetime. Sort of disorienting.

First the Orioles:


Then the Royals:

Tim Bogar is considered the frontrunner for the Rangers job

Tim Bogar

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar is “considered the frontrunner” to get the job full time.

There are still other candidates to be interviewed — it has been reported that pitching coach Mike Maddux, and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele and several external candidates were on the Rangers’ radar.

Bogar, however, is a known quantity. And while the Rangers front office is savvy enough not to trust microscopic sample sizes when assessing candidates, Bogar did go 14-8 after taking over for Ron Washington. And even if the wins don’t matter, the fact that he brought a calming and maybe even inspiring influence to the clubhouse when the last place Rangers had every reason to mail in the end of the season has to speak in his favor

Why did the O’s sign J.J. Hardy now? Because the shortstop market is a hot mess

jj hardy getty

It’s unusual to see a player get a contract extension during the playoffs. Especially a player whose team is still in the playoffs. But the Orioles handed one out to J.J. Hardy yesterday. And when you look around at the free agent market for shortstops, you can see why they did it.

Hardly anything worth signing is going to be available. Yes, there are a couple of big names like Hanley Ramirez and Asdrubal Cabrera, but both of those guys have probably peaked and any suitor is going to paying for a decline. Not to mention the fact that one team — the Nationals — has already decided that Cabrera is best used at second base and any other team would be wise to move Ramirez off of shortstop too.

Who else does that leave? Stephen Drew? Yeah, that worked really well this year. Jed Lowrie? He’s 30 and often injured. Combine that with many, many teams looking for a shortstop — the Yankees and Mets chief among them — and you can see that Hardy would’ve been the subject of a bidding war.