The Dutch Oven: Moistening Your Meat With Juicy Rumors

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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

  • Dodgers Beat Columnist Wishing and Hoping for CC: Tony Jackson blogs that the Sabathia Sweepstakes might come down to two teams: the Giants and the Dodgers. What, no Yankees? According to Jackson, the fact that Sabathia still hasn't accepted the Yankees mega-offer from last week seems to say that CC don't wanna pitch in no New York City. Why the Dodgers? Because CC likes to hit and just bought a house in SoCal. Why the Giants? Because Sabean doesn't learn from past mistakes.

  • Oakland Signs Relief Pitcher I've Never Heard Of: Seriously, this guy has been in the majors for three years, but I guess I never heard of him because he pitched for the Nationals, a team that needs relief pitchers like a fish needs a bicycle. What is there to "relieve" in Warshington when the team never has a lead? Enjoy the Chris Schroder Era, A's fans.

  • Mike Mussina Retirement Rumors Leak, Agent Hollers at Media: So the Mike Mussina retirement rumors leaked last night (via Ken Rosendwarf) and we all cried a single tear. But then Mussina's agent Arn Tellem issued this statement: "Given the significance of this to Mike, I would hope you can respect his desire to be the author of any such announcement consistent with his own time table. A decision of this magnitude should not be the subject of unconfirmed rumors and speculation." Yeah! You tell 'em, Tellem.

  • Cardinals Sup from the Teat of Tampa's Bullpen: St. Louis liked what they saw in Tampa's many-headed bullpen beast, so G.M. John Mozeliak threw some sheckels at lefty Trever Miller and brought him in for a physical. Things I did not know: Miller has been in the majors since 1996.

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Figures they'd go after Trever Miller. The super friendly Cards fans probably wouldn't be very welcoming to Grant Curse-You-Out-Between-Pitches Balfour.

An agent upset that something has been leaked to the press? It's Karma, Arm... a.

Because Sabean doesn't learn from past mistakes.

Saaaaaved byyyy Ziiiii-toooo.

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