Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
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The Diamondbacks will not consider a Zack Greinke trade until July 2017


Earlier today Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers approached the Diamondbacks about trading for Zack Greinke. That went no place. I suggested that, even if they were going to trade Greinke, they should wait until the offseason when there are more teams who might want to get involved.

Apparently, though, they aren’t even giving it a thought:

There are sillier ideas. The Dbacks were without A.J. Pollack until this past week due to an injury and hopefully they’ll have him all year. They still have Paul Goldschmidt. Shelby Miller can’t be worse. The system is something of a mess but there is talent at the big league level. Unlike 2016, there’s a decent chance not EVERYTHING will go wrong next year, so make someone bowl you over.

Atlanta hecklers are meaner to Bryce Harper than Philly hecklers

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Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic spoke with Washington Nationals players about the heckling they’ve received over the years. He starts it with a thought-provoking question:

Imagine going about your day at work and having a complete stranger with a beer in their hand and a hot dog in the other yell bad words at you and make detailed references to your personal life.

Yeah, “imagine.” In other news, you all should totally go get a comments section of your own. It’s the best!

OK, anyway, back to the Nationals. Yes they, like all ballplayers get their fair share of heckling abuse. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s meant to be funny but often, at least in the examples the player give, the humor is . . . lacking. I’m sure a lot of it is funny to the drunk guys when they think it up, but things like “road trip to Canada!” and “I know! I know! We should all open a a BAR together!!” seem like good ideas to drunk guys too.

There was one surprising bit in there, though: Philly is way too nice to Bryce Harper:

Harper, in fact, doesn’t hear it much from Philly fans at all.

“More Atlanta than Philly. I don’t get much in Philly, actually,” he said. “I enjoy playing in Philly. I don’t get much from Phillies fans going crazy. Of course, the Mets, the Dodgers, San Francisco.”

Man, you guys gotta step up your game.


Josh Thole re-signed by the Jays in some roster ju-jitsu

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Catcher Josh Thole was released by the Blue Jays earlier this week so they could make room for Dioner Navarro. Last night the Blue Jays re-signed him, just in time for him to be eligible to be on the Blue Jays postseason roster in the event he needs to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in a playoff game.

To make room for Thole, the Blue Jays optioned Devon Travis all the way down to the Appalachian League, which is freakin’ rookie ball. But that wasn’t some slight to Travis, who has hit decently in nearly 300 plate appearances this year. Rather, it was a neat way to make quick roster space: since the Appalachian League season ends tonight, he can immediately be called back up to Toronto tomorrow rather than having to wait ten days if he had gone to Triple-A. He’s likely not “going” anywhere other than to his living room for the day.