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
- Jerry Hairston Wish He Knew How to Quit Dusty Baker: One of the more unheralded yet underrated free agents on the market is staying put. The Reds re-signed Jerry Hairston Jr. to a one year, $2 million deal with $2 million in incentives. Hopefully, Jerry will avoid the Cincinnati shortstop curse in 2009.
- How Do You Say "Ambulance Chaser" in Japanese?: The Orioles nabbed free agent Koji Uehara from the NPB, signing the hurler to a two-year incentive laden deal. As per Patrick at NPB Tracker, Uehara's weakness was giving up the home run ball in Japan. Thank goodness his new home stadium does not have bandbox proportions.
- Cubs On Verge of Being Sold to Someone Not Named Mark Cuban: Let's all cash out our 401(k)s and sell our old baseball cards! We can pool our money and still get in on this Cubs sale. Then we'll move the team to Montreal and sell upscale rotisserie chicken at the concession stands. It just makes too much sense to not do it.
- Phillies Sign Marcus Giles to Minor League Deal: Whatever you do, Ruben Amaro, don't send the kid to Las Vegas.