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 Throw Caution to the Wind, Million Dollars to Ausmus: Because no team should ever be without their own grizzled backup veteran catcher, the L.A. Fighting Collettis have tendered Brad Ausmus with a one-year, $1 million contract with a tidy set of incentives. Whoa, slow down there, Dodgers. If any of those incentives include playing time, you better make sure Ausmus doesn't Nancy Kerrigan the hell out of Russell Martin's studly knees.
- Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Vizquel: Noted quadragenarian and gloveworthy shortstop Omar Vizquel isn't ready to quit the beautiful game quite yet. He's joined up with the Texas Rangers on a simple minor league contract and will be allowed to attend spring training. Perhaps he can school young Elvis Andrus in the intricacies of moving to his left, moving to his right, grabbing grounders, and hurtling them across the diamond. Hey, wait a minute...can Omar show up in Tampa and show these things to Jeter?
- Championship Week! Championship Week! There's Never Been Another Week Like Championship Week!: Sometime in the late nineties. ESPN promoted their coverage of NCAA basketball conference championships with a jaunty jingle that sounded like it came right out of Tin Pan Alley. I vividly remember hearing Dick Vitale sing along to the tune coming out of commercial during a game broadcast, and that's what I thought of when I read about the Rays' "Championship Week" promotion where they'll give out replica rings and cowbells. I wonder if season ticket holder Vitale will sing along again.
- The Yankees Were Not the Least Frugal Team in 2008: Sky Kalkman over at Beyond the Box Score whipped up the numbers to show which teams spent their money most wisely in 2008. He compared a team's actual salaries to the expected salaries it would have taken to produce that team's X wins. Well, the Rays obviously did the best job and the Mariners did the worst, while seven teams did worse than the Yanks, including the humble Pirates.