Craig Calcaterra

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The Royals are considering an eight-man bullpen


They had the best bullpen in all the land last year. Now they’re considering adding a guy to it:

To hear manager Ned Yost tell it, the Royals could open the season with an eight-man bullpen, one more than the usual number of relievers. The extra pitcher would provide insurance if [Luke] Hochevar needs extra time to ready himself for extended duty.

“It depends on where Hoch is at,” Yost said. “If we need to protect Hoch, then, probably. If we don’t need to protect Hoch, then probably not.”

If the Royals need a pinch hitter or a defensive replacement early in the season, you have a really, really good chance of getting in the game. Literally: you. Like, if you’re sitting near the Royals’ dugout, Yost may call on you due to a lack of position players.

The Rangers have signed Rougned Odor’s younger brother, Rougned Odor

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When I first heard that there was a baseball player named “Rougned Odor,” I thought “wow, that’s a unique name!”  Guess not!

I think Drew’s take is spot-on:

We’re basically sliding into chaos and anarchy. As a society, I mean. And we’re just sitting and watching it happen.

Of course you want a dress made out of used Mets baseballs. Who wouldn’t?

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Question: does this come in a 42 regular? Asking for, um, a friend:

The dress was designed by the folks tweeting above. It’s made from actual used baseballs.

Of course, it had to be Mets-themed because baseballs owned by the Mets are probably the least-damaged ones that can be found.

Jay Z thought David Wells was Curt Schilling. Asked him about the bloody sock

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Jay Z may have made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can, but he apparently doesn’t know a Yankees player when he sees one:

I hope against hope that Wells played it totally cool, went with it and explained to Jay Z that “yeah, I totally faked that crap for the glory. My ankle was fine. It was barbecue sauce, actually.” Then I hope he tried to explain to Jay Z how the Earth was 6,000 years old and how he would’ve gotten to be in the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketch if he wasn’t a Republican.

The Diamondbacks are signing a billion dollar TV deal

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The TV rights fees bubble has yet to burst. The latest beneficiaries of it: the Dbacks:

The Diamondbacks became the latest team to cash in on baseball’s exploding local television market, agreeing to remain with Fox Sports Arizona under a contract that’s believed to be worth in excess of $1 billion.

Sources would not provide details of the agreement, such as specific financial terms or even the length of the contract, but there are indications the deal is in line with expectations based on previous comments from club officials.

Those expectations are for either a 15 or 20-year deal. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks currently take in around $31 million annually for their TV rights. If this new deal is for 15 years, it would triple that number on an annual basis, putting it north of $90 million a year. To put that in perspective, their 2014 payroll was only $108 million. As such, the club is not too terribly far from breaking even before they even sell a ticket, a hot dog, a t-shirt or a big foam finger.