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
- Red Sox Continue To Ship Pitchers Outta Town: Boston sent pitcher David Aardsma to Seattle in exchange for minor league pitcher Fabian Williamson. The Mariners will be Aardsma's fifth team in five years; his claim to fame will forever be moving Hank Aaron from the top of the alphabetical list forever.
- Ryan Howard Doesn't Screw Around, Pal: Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is asking for $18 million in his arbitration hearing. That would double his salary from last season, and it's the third highest amount ever ever ever demanded in the history of arbitration. If you consider that's $50,000 per pound of body weight, it's really not that much money.
- Florida Marlins and Dan Uggla Reach Impasse, Decide to Settle Matter in Peoples Court: Well, maybe they won't be using Judge Wapner, but they're definitely headed for an arbitration hearing. Uggla has knocked 90 tater tots in just 3 years, pretty damn good for a second baseman, so he's expected to top $5 million this year. Still, he made 83 errors in the All Star Game so that's gotta knock at least fifty grand off the top.
- Your Daily List of Folks Who Signed a Contract and Avoided the Messy Arb: Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett. Mariners starter Erik Bedard. Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino. Yankees rightfielder Xavier Nady. Mets outfielder Ryan Church. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.