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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Koji Uehara a better fit for Rangers than Heath Bell

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:53 PM EST

    Koji Uehara

    The Rangers needed a reliever, not a closer, and they got one of the game’s best setup men from the Orioles when they traded Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara and $2 million on Saturday. Uehara has a 2.27 ERA and a remarkable 117/13 K/BB ratio in 91 innings since the Orioles shifted…

  2. Diamondbacks to acquire Jason Marquis from the Nationals

    Jul 30, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Jason Marquis

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Nationals will receive prospect shortstop Zach Walters from Arizona. The Diamondbacks are expected to cover the $2.47 million left on Marquis’ contract. Walters, 21, is batting .302/.377/.485 with nine homers, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 412 plate appearances with Class A South Bend this season. Baseball…

  3. Michael Bourn rumors intensify; Braves getting ‘more involved’

    Jul 30, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    The Astros might as well continue remaking the team after trading Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, so Michael Bourn could be the next to go.  ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick claims the “Astros’ efforts to move Bourn are picking up steam,” while FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are getting “more involved.” Bourn is hitting .304/.364/.405 this season,…

  4. Derek Holland has as many shutouts this year as Andy Pettitte did in his career

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland pitched a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays for his fourth shutout in his last 11 starts. He matched Cliff Lee for the major league lead with four shutouts this season, and he has as many shutouts in two months as possible Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte did in 16 seasons. Even…

  5. Red Sox acquire infielder Mike Aviles from Royals

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Mike Aviles

    Worried about their infield depth with Jed Lowrie absent, the Red Sox acquired utilityman Mike Aviles from the Royals for infielder Yamaico Navarro and right-hander Kendal Volz on Saturday. Aviles, who opened the season as the Royals’ primary third baseman, has hit .286/.317/.417 in 1,148 at-bats over the last four seasons.  He’s capable of playing shortstop…

  6. Report: Indians, Padres progressing on Ryan Ludwick talks

    Jul 30, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    Ryan Ludwick

    The Indians remain in the market for offensive help after acquiring Kosuke Fukudome and they’re making progress on talks with the Padres regarding Ryan Ludwick, says ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. It’d be Ludwick’s second stint in Cleveland, and the hope is that it’d go better than his first; unable to establish himself because of knee problems,…

  7. Source: Cardinals, Dodgers have deal in place for Rafael Furcal

    Jul 30, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Update: A source tells our own Craig Calcaterra that the Cardinals and Dodgers have agreed to the particulars in a Furcal deal and that Furcal is leaning toward waiving his no-trade protection to go to St. Louis. /// The shortstop market is barren, but the Cardinals appear interested in taking a chance on the one…

  8. Tigers may be underwhelmed by Doug Fister, David Pauley

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    Doug Fister

    The Tigers tried this on deadline day two years ago when they sent two youngsters to Seattle for Jarrod Washburn.  At the time, Washburn had a 2.64 ERA and a 79/33 K/BB ratio in 133 innings for the Mariners. As it turned out, Washburn was a major bust in Detroit, going 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in…

  9. Some more Pence-ive thoughts

    Jul 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    So, a few people disagreed with my take on the Hunter Pence trade.  And that’s pretty understandable.  When you’re a contender and you have a chance to get an All-Star caliber player for A-ball prospects, sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. My opinion is that the Phillies should have been able to get…

  10. Phillies pay heavy price for overvalued Hunter Pence

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:18 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Phillies got their middle-of-the-order hitter Friday, picking up two-time All-Star Hunter Pence from the Astros for first baseman Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid and a still undisclosed fourth player. It’s the right-handed bat the Phillies felt they needed to slot in behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the order.  Pence,…

  11. Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from Astros

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    10:00 p.m EDT update: CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury confirms the deal, with the Phillies giving up Singleton, Cosart, pitching prospect Josh Reid and a fourth player still to be determined for Pence. 9:00 p.m. EDT update: Rosenthal reports that the Astros will get first baseman Jonathan Singleton, right-hander Jarred Cosart and two players to be named…

  12. Hideki Irabu’s death confirmed to be a suicide

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Hideki Irabu

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed to The Associated Press that Hideki Irabu committed suicide by hanging himself. The 42-year-old former Yankees pitcher dd not leave a note. Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter says a friend found Irabu dead in his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes on Wednesday afternoon.…

  13. Rosenthal: Tigers willing to part with No. 1 prospect for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Tigers have strong interest in Ubaldo Jimenez and that they’re willing to give up their most prized minor leaguer to get him. That minor leaguer would be 20-year-old Jacob Turner, who has gone 3-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 90/32 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings for Double-A Erie…

  14. Shortstop now the priority for St. Louis

    Jul 29, 2011, 7:37 PM EST

    Ryan Theriot

    After addressing their rotation and the bullpen with Wednesday’s Colby Rasmus swap, the Cardinals are looking for shortstop help, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He hears that a move is likely and that it could be a “difference-maker.” Of course, there isn’t really much for difference makers on the shortstop market. …

  15. Nate McLouth joins Jordan Schafer on DL for Braves

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Nate McLouth

    Atlanta is down its top two center fielders after Nate McLouth was placed on the disabled list Friday due to a lower abdominal strain. Jordan Schafer was previously placed on the DL on Wednesday because of a chip fracture in his left middle finger. Taking McLouth’s place on the roster and making his major league…

  16. Aramis Ramirez shuts the door on trade rumors

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    After weeks of talk that he’d use his no-trade clause to block any deal out of Chicago, Aramis Ramirez appeared to leave the door open for a deal on Thursday by saying “if they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in, so we’ll see.” On Friday, though, he removed any doubt about his desire to remain…

  17. After 87 strikeouts and three homers, Jack Cust gets the boot

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Jack Cust

    A colossal flop as Seattle’s designated hitter, Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Erik Bedard on the roster. Cust had just three homers and 23 RBI in 225 at-bats for the Mariners.  He was getting on base at a .344 clip, but his slugging percentage of .329 was barely above…

  18. GM Walt Jocketty says Reds won’t be sellers

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Ramon Hernandez

    Even after getting swept at home in a four-game series by the Mets and falling five games under .500, the Reds won’t be sellers, GM Walt Jocketty said Friday. Jocketty also worked to dispel the notion that the Reds could trade Ramon Hernandez while trying to stay in the race.  According to John Fay, Jocketty…

  19. Tigers out on Hiroki Kuroda, in on Doug Fister?

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Doug Fister

    According to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, the Tigers have dropped out of the running for Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, while FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that they’re now talking to the Mariners about Doug Fister and a reliever. Morosi spent several years covering the Tigers for the Detroit Free Press, so his sources with the club…

  20. Red Sox, Indians still targeting Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are “aggressively pursuing” Ubaldo Jimenez, while others think the Indians are a “big threat” to land the Rockies right-hander. Heyman says the Reds and Blue Jays also remain interested and that the Yankees are lurking. ESPN’s Jayson Stark, on the other hand, reports that the Yankees’ interest…

  21. Move over Ubaldo: it’s Kyle Davies everyone wants now

    Jul 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Kyle Davies

    Here’s what the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton had to say in his trade deadline article Friday: Veteran lefties Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen along with right-hander Kyle Davies  are drawing interest from several clubs in advance of the non-waiver trading  deadline, which is 3 p.m. Central time Sunday. Now, perhaps he’s just lumping Davies…

  22. Report: Astros told Hunter Pence last night he was being traded

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    A source told SI.com’s Jon Heyman that Hunter Pence was told he was being pulled from Thursday’s game due to a trade, only to get left in the game afterwards. Judging by Heyman’s followup tweet, there’s a suspicion that Astros management agreed to a deal and ownership vetoed it. If that’s the case, Houston’s in…

  23. Better for Boston: Erik Bedard or Rich Harden?

    Jul 29, 2011, 12:39 AM EST

    Erik Bedard

    It seems like these gambles don’t usually work out for the Red Sox.  John Smoltz was a huge bust.  Brad Penny was even worse.  Bartolo Colon.  Wade Miller.  And one can extend it to the bullpen with Eric Gagne.  When the Red Sox decide to gamble on the perceived injury-prone/high-upside pitcher, it’s typically proven to be a…

  24. Hunter Pence is more likely than ever to get dealt

    Jul 28, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi is putting the odds of a Hunter Pence deal at better than 50/50 and says the Indians are still involved despite picking up Kosuke Fukudome earlier Thursday. The Phillies and Braves have reportedly been the more intense pursuers of Pence, but many have inquired.  The Red Sox and Reds are among those doing their…

  25. Brewers, Giants eyeing Rafael Furcal

    Jul 28, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Rafael Furcal

    Rafael Furcal has hit just .195/.267/.241 during an injury-plagued 2011 season, but with so little shortstop help available, he’s drawing interest from the Brewers and Giants, according to reports. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Brewers, who have long held interest in fellow Dodgers infielder Jamey Carroll, are doing background work on Furcal.  Rosenthal adds that…

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