The Dutch Oven: Browning the Tender Meat of Your Baseball-Addled Brain

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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

  • Cubs Get Freaky With Padres, Introduce Third Team to Sexy Trade Talks: The Jake Peavy future employment drama just took a surprising turn, as the Cubs have been forced to bring a third team into trade talks with the Padres. San Diego wants some pitchin' prospects and the Cubs just don't got 'em. Meanwhile, the Braves are still alive in this discussion as long as they are willing to give up pitcher Charlie Morton or Jo-Jo Reyes.

  • Change in Baltimore is Merely Ornithological: Those new Baltimore uniforms? Sure, the road unis have the word "Baltimore" emblazoned across the chest for the first time in 30 years, but I'm more concerned with the new logo. Yes, they changed the oriole's pose. What was once perched calmly is now leaning forward, expectantly waiting for Peter Angelos to either improve the team and/or die off.

  • With Holliday Gone, Rockies Look to Deal the Shitty Players: The Reds and Rockies are in trade talks, with Cincinnati G.M. Walt Jocketty said to be interested in Colorado's thrilling threesome of third baseman Garrett Atkins, outfielder Willy Taveras and catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Willy Taveras on the Reds? He's like a younger version of Corey Patterson. Dusty Baker is already slotting Taveras' .308 OBP and 68 stolen bases at the #1 position in his lineup.

  • Famous Blogger to Miss 2009 With Elbow Surgery: Pat Neshek, the world famous blogger who moonlights as a relief pitcher, will miss the 2009 season after having ligament-replacement surgery. In case you forgot, he missed most of 2008 with an elbow injury. Note to Neshek: stop all this pitching nonsense and get back to blogging. That's where the money be at!

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No Herb Score love? I guess you're saving it for the big post later.

I predict the Orioles will win two more games this season due solely to the new uniforms.

and, RIP Herb Score.

Final Score: Death 1, Herb 0.

Happy now?

Rob, you won't be so callous when Suzyn Waldman kicks the bucket.

Well, yes... I had Death and the under. Always take Death and the under.

Also, Tavares is only 18 months younger than Saint Corey of WTF. And shouldn't Willy have to go to Anaheim?

Speaking of, bless whichever one of you sponsored Corey's B-R page:

That Final Score can't be correct. Herb IS a Score.

We have a tie!

I don't think Jo Jo will ever pull it together, and Morton might be a headcase too.

MAKE IT HAPPEN DAMMIT. I've got Peavy Blue Balls

Somewhere high above Herb looks down at Iracane disapprovingly. Doesn't see him too clearly though.

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