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
- Canada To Reap Benefits of MLB Network Without Pesky MLB Initials: The Globe and Mail is reporting that Rogers Cable is looking to carry the fabulously popular baseball cable network in Canada with one special twist: they'd re-purpose the programming with added Canadian content. So when you watch the replay of the 1975 World Series, you'll see Pierre Trudeau waving his home run ball fair at Fenway Park and when you see the 1951 one-game playoff between the Giants and the Dodgers, Maurice Richard will hit the Shot Heard Round the World.
- Trevor Hoffman Earns a Job-Specific Bonus: Super-baseball-blogger Dave Cameron compared Trevor Hoffman's new Brewers contract with a statistically similar pitcher's contract and found out that Hoffman earned a significant amount more because he's got that closer tattoo emblazoned on his buttcheek. Good point Dave, but the other pitcher was named Bobby. It's a proven fact that people named Bobby suffer in the open market.
- Pirates Were Just Kidding Last Year, Totally Want Xavier Nady Back: I hate rumours, but this one is just too baffling to ignore. The Pirates and the Yankees are talking trade about outfielders Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher. This despite the fact that the Yankees acquired Nady from the Pirates just last year for a handful of solid prospects just around the trading deadline. Can you imagine the rebuilding Pirates sending prospects back to the Yanks to get back an outfielder at the peak of his career? Mind-boggling.
- Padres Avoid Arbitration, Re-sign Scott Hairston: Walkoff Walk is your source for all news regarding the Family Hairston. Two days ago, the Reds signed the elder Hairston brother and yesterday, San Diego signed the younger to a 1 year, $1.25 million contract to roam the outfield at Petco Park. Just covering their ass in case Brian Giles flees the country, I guess.