Craig Calcaterra

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Tom Gage of the Detroit News wins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Tom Gage, who has covered the Tigers for the Detroit News since 1979, as the 2014 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame during the induction ceremonies in Cooperstown next July.

The Spink Award is given for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Winners of the Spink Award, which dates back to 1962 are honored by being included in a special permanent media exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The other finalists were Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe and the late Furman Bisher, longtime columnist of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

The Red Sox and Phillies are talking about Antonio Bastardo

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Red Sox and Phillies have discussed Antonio Bastardo trade in which Philly would get infield prospect Sean Coyle in return. It’s unclear if this is just talk or if there are any actual legs to it.

Bastardo struck out 81 batters in 64 innings of relief this past season for the Phillies.

 

Stuart Sternberg says that if the Rays can’t get a new stadium, he’s selling the team

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Rays owner Stuart Sternberg spoke with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times this morning in the wake of the news that the team had reached a deal allowing it to search for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County. The big takeaway: he’s selling the team if he can’t get a new ballpark in the Tampa area.

Specifically, he said that if there is no new stadium in the are he won’t move team out of town, but that he would sell it and the new owner would probably move it:

“The chances of me owning this team in 2023 if we don’t have a new stadium are probably nil. Somebody else will take it and move it. It’s not a threat, just the reality. I won’t be sitting here 10 years from now waiting it out to move the team.”

Sternberg says that he still thinks baseball can work in the Tampa Bay area and that he’s going to try to make it work. But it certainly seems like he is set up to be its last chance there.

Seven teams have reportedly inquired about Dan Uggla for reasons that escape me

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I’ve read this five times but it still doesn’t make any logical sense to me:

Maybe he’s handy around the house and will help out with light maintenance? Perhaps he’s good with kids and can help mom by watching them while mom gets some errands run? Maybe the inquiries are just a matter of morbid curiosity, like, they’re calling to see if he still lives and breathes or if, alternatively, he has secreted himself from society like some Phantom of the Opera figure.

Report: Dodgers, Padres “working hard” on a Matt Kemp deal, which is “getting closer”

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Matt Kemp has been rumored to be going places. He may be coming right down here to San Diego:

The Padres have been linked to Kemp for a couple of weeks now, as have the Orioles, Mariners and any number of mystery teams. But San Diego looks like it’s gonna happen now.

In earlier reports, catcher Yasmani Grandal was said to be a piece to be sent back north, with some cash being sent down to the Padres. Rosenthal also suggests that pitching prospect Matt Wisler would be involved in the deal. UPDATE: Rosenthal now says that Wisler would not be included.

And, speaking of cash, it’s worth remembering, as Aaron reminded us yesterday, that while Kemp is still owed a good deal of money, it’s not like he’s not worth a large portion of that money as opposed to the albatross many consider him and his contract to be.