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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    blyleven

    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…

  2. Balance of power tilts towards NL this winter

    Dec 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:28 AM EST

    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.…

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

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:34 AM EST

    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…

  5. Tracking the top 111 free agents

    Dec 11, 2010, 7:42 PM EST

    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):…

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

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:12 AM EST

    stack of money

    FOXSports.com’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…

  7. Crawford’s infusion makes for imposing BoSox lineup

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:49 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:35 AM EST

    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…

  9. Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapses at hotel

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    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 MLB.com’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…

  10. Report: Brewers to acquire Shaun Marcum from Jays

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:29 PM EST

    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…

  12. Red Sox to get Adrian Gonzalez after all

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:08 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    In a deal set to be announced Monday, the Red Sox will acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes. The deal will get done without the extension Boston and Gonzalez were working on up until Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET deadline. The New York Post’s…

  13. Blue Jays gearing up for run at Zack Greinke?

    Dec 4, 2010, 9:35 PM EST

    Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    That’s what the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott believes, and while he doesn’t have any particulars on what’s being discussed, he sees a package led by Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider potentially getting a deal done. Which sounds like a very legitimate offer. Drabek was the biggest of the three pieces the Jays got back from…

  14. Remembering those left off the ballot

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    ugueth urbina

    Craig did his thing, running down the first-timers included on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. But how about those players left off. That’s always the first thing I look at when the ballot comes out. So let’s take a trip down memory lane with those not worthy of being included with possible immortals like…

  15. Red Sox could look to Iannetta, Napoli with Victor gone

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Jesse Litsch, Chris Iannetta

    While the Red Sox made noises about viewing Victor Martinez’s return as a priority, they didn’t get very aggressive with their offers, suggesting that they were prepared to lose him all along.  In the big picture, that makes sense.  Martinez is a subpar defensive catcher who won’t be getting any better in his mid-30s.   The…

  16. Cardinals bring back Jake Westbrook for two years

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:29 PM EST

    Jake Westbrook

    Update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Westbrook will receive a $16.5 million guarantee. The dollars aren’t in yet, but free agent Jake Westbrook will stick with the Cardinals after agreeing to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2013, Fanhouse’s Ed Price reports. Back from Tommy John surgery, the sinkerballing Westbrook went 10-11 with a…

  17. Journeyman Chad Tracy signs to play in Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers

    As NPBtracker notes, former Diamondback Chad Tracy, who struggled to reestablish himself as a big-league regular after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee following the 2007 season, is expected to sign an approx. $1.3 million deal to play with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2011. Tracy hit .308/.359/.553 for the Diamondbacks in his second…

  18. Jays and Uggla seem an unlikely match

    Nov 14, 2010, 4:57 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Not to say it couldn’t work out.   But Buster Olney’s report that the Jays, according to rival executives, have emerged as the favorites to acquire Dan Uggla strikes an odd chord. The Jays not only led the majors in homers last season, but they did it with a total nearly 20 percent greater than any…

  19. 2008 first overall pick Tim Beckham becomes a long shot

    Nov 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    tim beckham 2

    As the St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin points out here, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, Tim Beckham, was left off Baseball America’s list of the Rays’ top 10 prospects when it was announced last week. Beckham, a shortstop taken out of a Georgia high school, was ranked by BA as the Rays’…

  20. Fake trade: Dan Uggla to Rays for B.J. Upton, Jason Bartlett

    Nov 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    The following scenario is completely hypothetical and should not be taken as an actual rumor, much less a completed deal. Rays acquire second baseman Dan Uggla from the Marlins for outfielder B.J. Upton and shortstop Jason Bartlett. Why it works for Tampa Bay: The Rays finished third in the AL in runs scored last season, but the team was…

  21. Jose Guillen drug case: HGH was signed for by wife

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    With the investigation ongoing, some new details came to light Sunday. A shipment of 50 pre-loaded syringes was sent to Jose Guillen’s house and signed for by his wife in September, a source close to the investigation told the New York Daily News. According to the report, DEA agents, monitoring the activies of the alleged…

  22. Sad-sack Indians to sport sub-$50 million payroll in 2011

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians’ 2011 payroll is expected to fall in the $40 million-$50 million range, potentially making the team baseball’s thriftiest. The Indians opened 2010 with a $61.2 million payroll, down from $81.6 million to begin 2009.  That ranked them 24th among the 30 teams.  The only two…

  23. Cameron Maybin trade a bigger gamble for Marlins than Padres

    Nov 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin

    Constricted by a payroll that’s barely a third of that of division leader Philadelphia, the Florida Marlins should be rolling the dice on high-upside players like Cameron Maybin.  Instead, they chose Saturday to give up on the 23-year-old center fielder, sending him to San Diego for a pair of setup men in Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.…

  24. Mets to interview Ken Oberkfell for managerial opening

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    Mets logo

    It seemed like a no-brainer out of loyalty, if nothing else. Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’  Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team. Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues.  He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager…

  25. ESPN to replace Jon Miller, Joe Morgan on Sunday nights

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    After 20 years in the booth together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the way out as ESPN’s broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball.  The network has declined to renew Morgan’s contract.  Miller is being given the option of staying on as the play-by-play radio voice on Sunday night. Expectations are that ESPN will…

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