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
- Rockies Rescue Don Baylor from Soup Line: Colorado manager Clint Hurdle tabbed former Colorado manager Don Baylor as his hitting instructor, as Hurdle seeks to improve his team's offense back to a 2007 level. Remember 2007? When the Rockies got hot hot hot in September and October and magically made the World Series? Yeah, that lasted.
- Atlanta Puts Out Feelers for A.J. Burnett, Hypersensitive Burnett Recoils at Slightest Human Touch: Perhaps this is a case of the tail wagging the dog, because this rumor came from Darek Braunecker, Burnett's agent. Sure, why wouldn't Darek want to expand the list of suitors for his number one client? Also, why wouldn't Darek want to file a claim with the Social Security Office changing his name to the more accepted spelling of "Derek"?
- Mel Stottlemyre and Lee Elia Take Don Baylor's Place on Soup Line: New Mariners skipper Don "Waka" Wakamatsu gave Stottlemyre and Elia the ol' pink slip yesterday, saying that he wanted to hire a new pitching coach and hitting coach for the struggling Seattle squadron. With Elia gone, who is going to yell expletives at Adrian Beltre? Oh right, the fans.
- Yankees Supposed Deadline for Signing Sabathia is a Red Herring: The good folks at Was Watching (a Yankees blog whose name I still don't understand) note that the Hal Steinbrenner-issued ultimatum was just a bunch of malarkey and then ponder the question, "What about the tax liabilities?" See, CC Sabathia just bought a house in California. If he lives out there and works in NYC, will he have to pay significantly more taxes than if he lived and worked in California?