The Dutch Oven: Keeping Your Mind Warm This Offseason

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Why the dutch oven? Because the term 'hot stove' needs to be retired. This feature will attempt to give you a listicle-driven source for all sorts of off-season baseball rumors. If you have any suggestions, rumors, or recipes that I can cook in my dutch oven, email us

  • A.J. Burnett Hates the Yankees: Do you blame him? He's exactly the kind of signing fans in the Bronx would love...for about 20 seconds. A pitcher in the decline signing for a huge wad of cash? Thanks, but we've already had our fill of Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, Roger Clemens II, David Wells, and Randy Johnson.

  • Manny, Many Other Folks Filed Free Agency: Yesterday was the first chance for free agents to file, and their prior teams have a two-week window to negotiate with them before they're sent out into the wild. The Dodgers will most likely lose Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez, but they'll need to keep Joe Beimel or Troy will go apeshit.

  • Marlins, Royals Consummate First Trade, No One Notices: Well, almost no one. Florida first-bagger Mike Jacobs will knock Billy Butler to DH in Kansas City, while Marlins pick up someone who allegedly has pitched in the majors for a few years. News to me!

  • Nationals Cut Closer Chad Cordero: Another former Expo leaves the Washington roster. If memory serves me right, Nick Johnson is the only player left on the team who played for Montreal back in 2004. Cordero had labrum surgery this past year but is one of the most accomplished closers in franchise history. Translation: he'll be a failed Met reliever next year.

  • Should Jake Peavy Stay Or Should He Go?: Sorry, Braves fans. Seems like the Padres want too much in return for the stud pitcher, and the stud pitcher is being too wishy-washy about which teams he wants to play for. If I were Jake, I wouldn't want to leave San Diego either. The fish tacos are supreme.

Players of note who were cut by their teams: Ken Griffey Jr., Toby Hall, and Edgar Renteria. Get 'em while they're hot!

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Boston Red Sox Catcher Toby Hall.

That has a cute ring to it.

Maybe Chad Cordero would still be relevant is he would just bend his brim a little bit.

And if you're trying to braise a cut of beef in anything other than a Le Creuset dutch oven, you need to step your game up, kid.

Wow, that's much different than my definition of a "dutch oven", much to Ms. Wahoo's chagrin.

Maybe if I ever get married, I can register for a Le Creuset. Until then, my Batali-branded one is my single favorite thing in my kitchen.

My favorite thing in the kitchen is Ms. Wahoo. (kidding, I do all the cooking)

"Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, Roger Clemens II, David Wells, and Randy Johnson."

I got depressed after reading those names. I'd also like to add Ed Whitson to that list even though he wasn't that old, but was the same age as Burnett current age. On the flip side Key and Cone also from the Blue Jays had some good years for NY late in their careers.

Fun fact about the dutch oven: The Dutch oven is the official state cooking pot of Utah.

Here's a hint: if your chick starts registering for china, crystal, or sterling silverware, knock her over the head with the handheld scanner and get that shit off of there. Who are you, a Kennedy? It's useless.

Dutch oven [greater than symbol] French oven

Leaving my office for the parade in a few. Got my Why Can't Us t-shirt and my Chase Utley boxer briefs. READY TO ROCK.

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