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
- Yankees Keep Their Wang Spinnin' in 2009: The Yankees avoided arbitration with Chien-Ming Wang for one more year, signing the Taiwanese groundballer to a $5 million deal for 2009. Kid got a huge ouchie on his foot running the bases in Houston in June, missing the rest of the season and leading to this guy being employed in the Bronx. Thanks, Chien-Ming Wang's lisfranc ligament!
- False Rumours Make Baby Jesus Cry: Seriously, bloggers: if you don't have a solid lead on a rumour, don't type it up and publish it. Nobody is going to believe the line, "Sources have confirmed to Sons of Simmons, that the Boston Red Sox have agreed in principle to an eight-year deal with first basemen Mark Teixeira..." DID THEY? DID THEY REALLY, SMALL-TIME BLOG THAT I'VE NEVER HEARD OF? Stop mongering the rumours, Sons of Simmons. Even if it turns out to be true, you get no credit for getting this 'scoop'.
- MLB Hands Tidy $26 Million Luxury Tax Bill to Yanks, Steinbrenner Files It With Dry Cleaning Bill: Really, Major League Baseball? This is how you attempt to equalize the market in player salaries? Twenty-six million dollars to the Yankees is merely a drop in the bucket; distributed among the lower tier teams, the money will only be good enough for the Royals to re-sign Mark Grudzielanek for another mediocre year. Let's stop pretending that revenue-sharing is a solution to the problem. In fact, there is no problem. Last time I checked, high payrolls don't always bring winning records.
- Former Blue Jay Finally Earns the Notoriety He Deserved: No, Kelly Gruber didn't get a surprise call from the Hall of Fame. Rather, the former choreographer for the Junior Jays dance squadron was added to the Canadian sex offender registry after being convicted of boning a 15-year-old member of the troupe. Sean Debidin had also worked with Shania Twain and Alanis Morrissette but according to Sean, they were too long-in-the-tooth to bang.