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
- Burnett Opts Out of Canada Entirely: So much for the short period of negotiation that A.J. Burnett and his agent gave to the Blue Jays. Seems that J.P. Ricciardi wasn't going to bite and renegotiate that $24 million option at all; he never put another offer on the table. No worries, Jays fans...you've still got Shaun Marcum and Dustin McGowan! Oh...
- Ed Wade Chats Up Mike Hampton: Everything Ed Wade touches turns to gold, but he'll hope that Mike Hampton's injury-addled body turns to solid titanium if he signs an incentive-laden contract with the Houston Astros. Wade is also desperately hopeful that Randy Wolf re-signs with the team. Yes, the Astros rotation is that bad.
- Braves Looking Outside the Box, Country, Continent and Hemisphere: Atlanta G.M. Frank Wren is a busy bee this offseason, looking all the way to Japan for a new pitcher. The Braves have made an offer to 22-year-old pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who pissed off the Japanese pro teams by stating his wishes to play in the U.S. Then don't sign with Atlanta, because it's too culturally close to Osaka.
- Congratulations! Now Hit the Bricks: Charlie Manuel's managerial powers cannot be challenged. Now that the celebration hangover has subsided, Phillies third base coach Steve Smith is doneskis. That'll teach you to wave in Carlos Ruiz from second on a hard hit single to right!
- Eckstein Realizes His Throws Can No Longer Reach First: Former Blue Jays shortstop David Eckstein woke up and realized that maybe his wee little body would be better suited playing second base. Somehow, he wasn't rated as a worse defensive shortstop than Jeter so he's going out on top.
- Yankees Kick Giambi to Curb, Billy Beane Shows Interest: After the Yankees declined their huge option on slugger Jason Giambi and paid him his requisite $4 million parting gift, the A's responded by re-hiring Giambi's BFFL Bobby Alejo as their strength coach. Alejo was the A's strength coach from 1993 to 2001 and then moved his chemistry lab across the country to the Bronx with Giambi. Hopefully, the A's will bring back John Jaha and Ben Grieve, and create a superpower of swarthy sluggers.