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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Could such a punchless A’s team win the AL West?

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    If the A’s bring in Chone Figgins to replace Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base, they’d enter the season with a lineup that looks something like this: 3B Chone Figgins RF David DeJesus 1B Daric Barton LF Josh Willingham DH Hideki Matsui C Kurt Suzuki 2B Mark Ellis CF Coco Crisp SS Cliff Pennington My 2011…

  2. Diving into the depths: Milwaukee Brewers

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Zack Greinke 2. Yovani Gallardo 3. Shaun Marcum 4. Randy Wolf 5. Chris Narveson 6. Manny Parra 7. Mark Rogers 8. Amaury Rivas 9. Josh Butler 10. Sam Narron 11. Cody Scarpetta Depth is a major…

  3. Diving into the depths: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Tim Hudson 2. Derek Lowe 3. Tommy Hanson 4. Jair Jurrjens 5. Mike Minor 6. Kenshin Kawakami 7. Brandon Beachy 8. Todd Redmond 9. Julio Teheran 10. J.J. Hoover Kawakami still hasn’t been moved, so Minor…

  4. Diving into the depths: Toronto Blue Jays

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Ricky Romero 2. Brandon Morrow 3. Brett Cecil 4. Kyle Drabek 5. Mark Rzepczynski 6. Jesse Litsch 7. Dustin McGowan 8. Scott Richmond 9. Brad Mills 10. Zach Stewart 11. Robert Ray 12. Jo-Jo Reyes 13.…

  5. Diving into the depths: Oakland Athletics

    Jan 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Daric Barton

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Dallas Braden 2. Trevor Cahill 3. Brett Anderson 4. Gio Gonzalez 5. Brandon McCarthy 6. Rich Harden 7. Josh Outman 8. Bobby Cramer 9. Tyson Ross 10. Guillermo Moscoso 11. Anthony Capra The Brian Fuentes and…

  6. Diving into the depths: Houston Astros

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Wandy Rodriguez 2. Brett Myers 3. J.A. Happ 4. Bud Norris 5. Ryan Rowland-Smith 6. Nelson Figueroa 7. Wesley Wright 8. Jordan Lyles 9. Aneury Rodriguez 10. Cesar Carrillo The scary thing is that this probably…

  7. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Jered Weaver 2. Dan Haren 3. Ervin Santana 4. Joel Pineiro 5. Scott Kazmir 6. Trevor Bell 7. Hisanori Takahashi 8. Matt Palmer 9. Tyler Chatwood 10. Anthony Ortega The Angels have the fine top four,…

  8. Ranking the rotations: 1-30

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Now that my projections for the upcoming Rotoworld fantasy annual are complete, I’ll be having some occasional fun with them in here over the following few weeks. To start with, let’s look at how the rotations shape up, according to my fantasy rankings. As part of my projections, each player gets a score. All I’ve done here…

  9. Rangers still want a bat, Vladdy not yet in the mix

    Jan 22, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Having struck out on Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, the Rangers are still seeking a bat to add to their lineup mix. They don’t want to add a full-timer and push Mitch Moreland out of the lineup, but a complement to provide insurance in case Moreland struggles is a possibility. Right now, the Rangers are…

  10. What are the Rays getting in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 22, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    The Rays’ $2 million investment in Manny Ramirez certainly seems like a worthwhile gamble, but there’s no denying that the 38-year-old slugger seemed washed up during his stint with the White Sox last season. He hit just .261/.420/.319 with one homer and two RBI in 69 at-bats following the August deal. On the other hand,…

  11. Unbelievable: Angels take on Vernon Wells from Jays

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Such is the world of baseball news: spend a half hour typing up a blog and see it turned into garbage within 10 seconds of it being posted. Because less than hour after reporting that Mike Napoli was being dealt to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal decided to mention that, oh yeah, Vernon Wells just…

  12. Tired of standing still, Angels take step backwards

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Having struck out all winter, the Angels finally did something to shake up their lineup Friday, only the move was to get rid of one of their best hitters.  Opinions on Mike Napoli‘s defense are certainly mixed, but there aren’t many better offensive catchers.   Since he entered the league in 2006, Napoli has hit .251/.346/.455…

  13. Bruce Chen stays with Royals for $2 million

    Jan 15, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen, Armando Galarraga

    After initially holding out for a mulityear pact, Bruce Chen will return to the Royals on a one-year, $2 million contract, reports’s Jon Heyman. Chen, a journeyman who debuted with the Braves in 1998, finished 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA for the Royals last season. He went 1-13 in stints with the Orioles, Rangers…

  14. Jeff Bagwell isn’t getting into the Hall of Fame anytime soon

    Jan 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT


    The fine baseball writing gentlemen of the Chicago Tribune published their Hall of Fame ballots Saturday, and what a job they did. All seven of the voters agreed that Roberto Alomar was a Hall of Famer, yet not a one picked Jeff Bagwell. And what’s especially brilliant is not a one would admit docking him…

  15. Bert Blyleven vs. Jack Morris: The 1987 ALCS

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT


    No, I’m not going to go over the entire candidacies of both. Suffice to say I support Blyleven for the Hall of Fame and not Morris. Those who have it the other way around say that Morris was better than his statistics and Blyleven worse. And, sure, there are cases in which statistics don’t tell…

  16. Balance of power tilts towards NL this winter

    Dec 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Just not the power itself, because that’s mostly AL bound. But a review of the players switching leagues so far this winter definitely favors the NL, mostly because that’s where the pitching is going. AL to NL Cliff Lee – Phillies Zack Greinke – Brewers Shaun Marcum – Brewers Javier Vazquez – Marlins Kerry Wood…

  17. Figuring out the Zack Grienke-to-Milwaukee rumor

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Saturday night saw the birth of a shocking rumor: a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blogger reports that the Brewers and Royals had agreed to a trade, set to be announced Monday, in which Milwaukee would land Zack Greinke for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.  Yuniesky Betancourt and cash would also go to Milwaukee.…

  18. Let’s not pencil the Phillies into the World Series just yet

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    There’s no doubt that the Phillies’ rotation has a chance to be historically great, with two likely Cy Young candidates and two other starters that could rank among the NL’s 10 best, but this is still a team with issues. – First, it’s no lock that Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels will live up to…

  19. Tracking the top 111 free agents

    Dec 11, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Here’s the rundown to date of the contracts received by my top 111 free agents. The list below doesn’t include free agents signed before the end of October (most notably, Ted Lilly) or non-tender free agents such as Russell Martin. 111. Dave Bush (Brewers – Age 31): 110. Carlos Delgado (Red Sox – Age 38):…

  20. BoSox went seven years for Lee? Halos lowballed Crawford?

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    stack of money’s Ken Rosenthal reports that one of those two mystery seven-year offers for Cliff Lee came from the Red Sox before the team signed Carl Crawford. An official with another team told Rosenthal that the Red Sox made the offer, but that it wasn’t for a comparable salary to what Lee figured to be offered…

  21. Crawford’s infusion makes for imposing BoSox lineup

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    It’s a little lefty heavy for sure, but a revamped Red Sox lineup featuring Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez seems poised to take over the major league lead in runs scored in 2011 after finishing second to the Yankees last season. 1. Jacoby Ellsbury 2. Carl Crawford 3. Dustin Pedroia 4. Adrian Gonzalez 5. Kevin…

  22. It’s the Yankees’ move after Red Sox add Crawford

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Boston’s big investment comes with big ramifications, and since the market’s top position player is off the board, several pieces should fall into place over the next couple of weeks. – The Yankees pretty much have to do what it takes to land Cliff Lee now, and that probably means upping the ante to seven…

  23. Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapses at hotel

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:13 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jim Tracy collapsed near the elevator at his hotal at baseball’s winter meetings late Monday night, but he was conscious and responsive when emergency personnel arrived, reports’s Thomas Harding. Tracy was standing with Rockies coaches when he collapsed just after 1:30 a.m. He was taken to an ambulance on a stretcher and sent to…

  24. Report: Brewers to acquire Shaun Marcum from Jays

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Update: The Jays are expected to acquire 2008 first-round pick Brett Lawrie in return for Marcum. Lawrie, a 20-year-old second baseman, hit .285/.346/.449 as one of the youngest players in the Southern League last year. The Brewers’ No. 1 prospect, he’ll be a candidate to push Aaron Hill to third base in 2012, or he…

  25. What does Werth’s $126 million do to the market?

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    stack of money

    The Hot Stove is roaring after the Nationals shattered expectations by giving Jayson Werth a seven-year, $126 million deal that matches Vernon Wells’ Blue Jays pact for the third biggest ever given to an outfielder. Only Manny Ramirez, guaranteed $160 million by the Red Sox, and Alfonso Soriano, $136 million from the Cubs, ever received…

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