Craig Calcaterra

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Gentlemen: start your bidding. Yoan Moncada can now sign a major league deal


Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has been in regulatory limbo for some time, unable to sign a deal with a big league team due to federal regulations, MLB regulations or both, but now that looks to be over:

Moncada has already worked out with multiple teams, so it may not take long for him to be signed. The Yankees and Red Sox are thought to be favorites. Moncada, 19, is expected to get a deal in the $30-40 million range.

Five or six teams are still interested in Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels

At this rate I’d guess that Cole Hamels will start the season with Philly and be shopped mid-season rather than be traded now. But in case you want to keep tabs on things:

The Red Sox and Padres are the teams most often mentioned, but anyone might want one of the game’s top lefties. If you’re Ruben Amaro, there’s no reason not to wait for a great offer.

Astros, Nationals get the final major approval for their new West Palm Beach facility

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The Palm Beach County Commission has approved the land swap needed to make the Astros-Nationals spring training facility a reality:

The proposal calls for building the stadium on 160 acres of city-owned land at the southeast corner of 45th Street and Haverhill Road. The county would pay for about half of the new stadium and training facility’s estimated $135 million cost and the teams and the state would pay for the rest.

A key part of the deal involves the county trading land with the city to acquire the stadium site.

There are still a couple of hurdles, but this was the final hurdle considered significant by folks who have paid attention to this.

The ninth best general manager of all time could really use some bullpen help right now

Dave Dombrowski

Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.

Dave Dombrowski has had success with three teams: the Expos, Marlins and Tigers. The Expos success was a bit delayed — he was gone by the time his moves bore competitive fruit — but he put together the Marlins’ first World Series winner and built the Tigers up from nothing to a perennial contender.

As of now he’s trying to keep an aging Tigers team with no farm system to speak of afloat. Does he have a couple more years of magic in him?

Just say no to caps in other teams’ colors


I was in North Carolina at the end of December and I saw a Yankees cap in Braves colors:


This morning, this was retweeted into my feed:

So I guess we’re doing this “one team’s logo in another team’s colors” thing.

To the good people at New Era: I love you. I love your product. My big, bald, 7 3/4-wearing melon has decided that I can only wear your products to protect it from the sun. So when I say this, I say it with love and with your best interests in mind: please stop.

We can accept the solid black caps. We can accept the white caps. Though we may not personally approve, we can accept red, camo or any other fantastical color schemes with MLB logos on them. We’ll do what we personally want, but we will let others fly their freak flags if they must.

But this actual mixing of logos and colors — the forced union of two teams’ essences — is wrong. It’s an abomination unto the chosen deity of we fitted cap wearers. And we ask you, humbly, to cut it out.