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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Tackling the trade deadline: Atlanta Braves

    Jul 13, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    Atlanta Braves First-half record: 54-38 Standings: trail Phillies by 3 1/2 games in NL East, 5 up in wild card Needs Outfield: Jordan Schafer has had his moments, but he also has a .599 OPS in 169 at-bats while filling in for Nate McLouth and Martin Prado.  The Braves offense is fine when everyone is healthy…

  2. The world will not end if Francisco Rodriguez’s option vests

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’ve all known for over a year now that the Mets weren’t going to want to be on the hook for Francisco Rodriguez‘s $17.5 million option for 2012.  They would have given him away to be out from under it.  As is, they had to pay the Brewers almost $6 million just to get a couple of…

  3. Report: MLB explores possibility of new ballpark for Dodgers

    Jul 13, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    SPORTSbyBROOKS has been told by multiple sources that MLB has reached out to AEG to inquire about the feasibility of building a new ballpark in downtown Los Angeles for the Dodgers. AEG is the owner of the Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, in downtown L.A. and has already proposed to the city a plan to…

  4. Report: Cardinals covet Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson

    There’s been some speculation that the Rays would make a run at Colby Rasmus should the Cardinals make their center fielder available.  Now we know whom the Cardinals would ask for in return.  According to the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss, Jeremy Hellickson is the pitcher the team most covets in any potential deal. And for good…

  5. O’Dowd: Rockies looking to add a starting pitcher

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Ubaldo Jimenez to Cincinnati?  Not at all likely.  The Rockies are aiming to land a starting pitcher, not subtract one, prior to the July 31 deadline. Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd told the Denver Post’s Troy Renck that the Rockies are hoping to pick up a starting pitcher under team control beyond this season. That makes…

  6. Kirk Gibson twice turned down the All-Star Game

    Jul 13, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    But… I was assured this was a new phenomenon caused by greedy baseball players making tens of millions of dollars per year.  Surely no one turned down All-Star appearances 25 years ago. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, who ranks right up there with Tim Salmon among the best players to never go to an All-Star Game,…

  7. Brewers manager says John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez will split save chances

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Axford

    Apparently eager to appease newcomer Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that he intends to employ K-Rod and John Axford as co-closers. If the Brewers were to have Rodriguez and Axford split save chances equallyfor the rest of the season, then they wouldn’t have to worry about Rodriguez getting the 21 games finished…

  8. Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

    Jul 13, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season. If…

  9. Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning. The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two…

  10. Brewers acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Mets

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez has gone from closing in New York to setting up in Milwaukee. K-Rod, who had 23 saves in 26 opportunities for the Mets, was acquired by the Brewers with cash for two players to be named, the team announced after Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “Francisco has been one of the best relievers in the…

  11. Tackling the trade deadline: Philadelphia Phillies

    Jul 13, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Philadelphia Phillies First-half record: 57-34 Standings: 3 games up on Braves in NL East Needs Bullpen: Ryan Madson should return to form after he comes back from a hand injury, but the Phillies can’t rely on either Brad Lidge (shoulder, elbow) and Jose Contreras (elbow).  Adding another late-game reliever should be this team’s priority.  Fortunately, it…

  12. Sore knee gets Josh Beckett scratched from All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett - All-Star

    Josh Beckett was scheduled to be the second pitcher in for the AL squad in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but he was scratched and replaced by David Robertson after feeling soreness in his left knee while warming up. Beckett, who left his start for the Red Sox on Friday due to a hyperextended left knee, was cleared…

  13. ESPN running down the All-Star Game again

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    ESPN.com

    ESPN is just fine with a three-hour Home Run Derby.  After all, it gets to televise the proceedings.  But the All-Star Game itself?  Well, that’s FOX’s baby and that makes it fair game for the worldwide leader. Jerry Crasnick’s piece on all of the stars skipping the game is currently leading the big features box…

  14. Dominican trainer Enrique Soto accused by three of sexual abuse

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Yunior Pena Peguero

    Baseball America points out a chilling investigative report by Alicia Ortega of Noticias Sin in the Dominican Republic.  Three players, one of whom was later stabbed to death, have accused powerful Domincan trainer Enrique Soto of sexually assaulting them. Soto was arrested in January, but he was released on bond in June. Yunior Pena Peguero was…

  15. Tackling the trade deadline: Los Angeles Angels

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver, Jeff Mathis

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim First-half record: 50-42 Standings: Trailing Rangers by 1 in AL West, Yankees by 5 in wild card Needs Catcher: Well, any reasonable person would think so.  Jeff Mathis is hitting .195/.241/.286, and while Mike Scioscia deserves credit for working Hank Conger into the mix, Conger hasn’t quite shined while batting .221/.305/.369. …

  16. Shannon Stone’s wife issues statement of thanks

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    Jenny Stone

    Jenny Stone, the wife of firefighter Shannon Stone, issued a statement of thanks Tuesday in the Brownwood Bulletin, showing appreciation for all of those, including the Rangers, who have helped in a time of need. It reads: Monday we said goodbye to a wonderful man. Shannon was truly a great husband, father, son, brother, uncle,…

  17. Aaron Crow ill, likely won’t pitch in All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    Not that he was all that likely to pitch anyway. Royals setup man and unlikely AL All-Star Aaron Crow fell ill after arriving in Phoenix on Sunday and is probably won’t be pitch during tonight’s game. “It’s either (strep throat) or a sinus infection,” Crow said. “(The doctor) gave me some medicine and I’m feeling a lot better.”…

  18. Free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder talks DHing

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    For the second day in a row, Prince Fielder talked Tuesday about how he’s not ruling anything out as he approaches free agency for the first time.  That includes becoming a designated hitter. “I did it a little in interleague. It’s not easy to do that,” said Fielder. “It’s different because you can’t have the…

  19. Matt Holliday says he was interested in the Red Sox

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday

    Following the 2009 season, there was much speculation whether the Red Sox would attempt to re-sign Jason Bay or if they’d go for an even bigger fish and try to sign Matt Holliday in free agency. As it turned out, they did neither.  With both Bay and Holliday still waiting around for bigger offers to…

  20. Gary Carter hoping to coach next season

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Even as he continues to go radiation treatments after being diagnosed with brain cancer in May, Gary Carter is looking forward to a return to coaching next season, the New York Post points out. “My dad’s plan is to return as the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University for his third year,” Carter’s…

  21. Tackling the trade deadline: Boston Red Sox

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Boston Red Sox First-half record: 55-35 Standings: Leading Yankees by 1 game, Rays by 6 games in AL East Needs Starting pitcher: The Red Sox thought they were set with a rotation of Jon…

  22. White Sox fielding calls on Edwin Jackson

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday. The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.…

  23. Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls off the chain gangs

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Joe Arpaio

    He’s a pretender. Maricoa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who made headlines last week by announcing that he was going to use chain gangs of DUI offenders to pick up trash outside Chase Field during All-Star week, apparently bowed to criticism and changed his mind Monday. The sheriff had planned to have three chain gangs decked out in striped…

  24. AL All-Star closer Jose Valverde prepares a new dance for the masses

    Jul 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    American League manager Ron Washington said Monday that Detroit’s Jose Valverde will be his choice to close out a lead Tuesday night, and Valverde spent all day in front of a mirror rehearsing a new celebration upon hearing the move. Personally, I’m hoping for a new take on the Ickey Shuffle, though for what it’s…

  25. Tackling the trade deadline: Detroit Tigers

    Jul 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Over the next few days, I’m going to look at the needs of some contenders as we approach the July 31 trade deadline. Detroit Tigers First-half record: 49-43 Standings: Leading Indians by 1/2 game, White Sox by 5 games in AL Central Needs Starting pitcher: Cy Young contender Justin Verlander is the only Tigers starter with an ERA…

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