The Dutch Oven: Keeping Your Brain's Freezer Stocked With Leftovers

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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

  • Orioles Targeting Un-Tejada-like Shortstop in Trade Market: Jack Wilson, Khalil Greene, and J.J. Hardy are among the mediocre shortstops sought by Balty-more G.M. Andy MacPhail. Other wishlist items for Andy: starting pitching, first baseman, leftfielder, bullpen help, and new ownership.

  • A.J. Burnett Delays the Inevitable: Burnett and his agent are throwing J.P. Ricciardi a bone, putting off opting out of his contract for a few days and giving the Blue Jays a last gasp chance to retain the pitcher before he settles down in Boston. Ricciardi has already settled for the low-cost Canadian-born version of Burnett: Adam Loewen!

  • Rays Named MLB Organization of the Year: See what happens when you renounce the devil, kids?

  • Miguel Olivo Fears Success, Stays in Kansas City: Sorry, Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Astros, and Padres. You'll need to look somewhere else to find a serviceable catcher. I hear Chris Widger is available!

  • Theo Epstein Got Paid: And he didn't need to don a gorilla suit to do it this time.

  • Cliff Floyd Needs Work: The American League Champion Rays jettisoned some extra baggage, pushing Cliff Floyd and his $2.75 million option off the side of the cruise ship. When questioned by the porter, the Rays pretended that the splashing sound was a herd of frolicking sea lions, then walked away whistling.

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A low cost version of Burnett? Isn't his steep price tag his only distinguishable characteristic?

This just in, Bill James has quantified the worst fielder in baseball:

I'd rather be the 22nd best fielding shortstop in baseball than the 22nd best baseball blogger on the Internet.

C'mon, Rob, I had you at least #21. You'd be higher without Liakos dragging you down.

Kris "CTC" Liakos: The Greek God of Anchors

He may be a #22 in fielding but he is #1 in Valtrex prescriptions.

Happy Election Day, Walkoff Walk!

As for the teams that need catchers, there must be another couple of Molinas knocking around somewhere. Right?

Epstein deserves to get paid. The way he drafted and grew talent from within like Pedro, Schilling, Ramirez, Ortiz, Beckett, Damon...inspirational. He may have gotten lucky by having a huge payroll to pay for free-agents that other teams couldn't afford, but I can't think of any right now.

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