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
- Just Because They Were Non-tendered Doesn't Make Them Any Less Tough: Forty-three players were effectively shown the door by their teams, failing to receive a contract offer from their former teams before the Friday night deadline. Some of your favorite players may find themselves working for a new boss next year, including Jonny Gomes, Willy Tavares, and Daniel Cabrera. Actually, if any of those gents are among your favorite players, you need to become a more discerning fan.
- Cleveland Consummates Deal With Kerry Wood, Jensen Lewis Consummates Deal With Demotion: So Jensen Lewis did a fairly good job closing out games for the Indians towards the end of 2008, collecting twelve saves in August and September. He'll officially take a back seat to Mr. Kerry Wood, though, who signed for two years and $20 million, with a club option for 2011. I have nothing snarky to add here. That's a good deal.
- Mets Owner Falls Victim to Elaborate Ponzi Scheme, Forced To Auction Off Mr. Met's Comically Enormous Head: You know it's a bad day for your favorite team when one of the biggest headlines in the latest economic crush leads them to release a statement that reads, "This news does not affect the day-to-day operations and long-term plans of the Mets organization and the Citi Field project." Translation: we are abandoning our pursuit of Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez and will be forced to pay David Wright and Jose Reyes in Monopoly money for the next three years.
- NASCAR's Own Financial Oopsies May Hurt Red Sox: Add racin' cars to the list of industries to suffer in the recession. NASCAR could be losing money because half of their revenue comes from advertising dollars and one of the first things to dry up in hard economic times are those ad budgets. Meanwhile, the Red Sox holding company owns half of Roush Fenway Racing which could face hard times in the coming months. In response, the Sox will save money by employing Wally to work the pit crew.
- Oh Yeah, and A.J. Burnett is a Yankee: I'm glad that I'm a general baseball blogger and not a Yankee-specific blogger or else I might have pulled my hair out and mashed my girlish hands on my laptop's keyboard instead of reporting on this deal in a thoughtful manner. I hate it. I just absolutely think devoting that kind of money and that many years to a slightly above-average pitcher with such questionable durability is bad baseball bizness.