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Matthew Pouliot

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

    Dec 4, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Remembering those left off the ballot

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Cardinals bring back Jake Westbrook for two years

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Journeyman Chad Tracy signs to play in Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Jays and Uggla seem an unlikely match

    Nov 14, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    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…

  7. 2008 first overall pick Tim Beckham becomes a long shot

    Nov 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    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’…

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

    Nov 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    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.…

  12. Mets to interview Ken Oberkfell for managerial opening

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    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…

  14. Edgar Renteria commits to playing next year

    Nov 7, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who weighed retirement during an injury-plagued 2010 season, told ESPN Deportes Saturday that he intends to play next season. Renteria became a free agent earlier this week when the Giants declined his $10.5 million option for 2011.   The 34-year-old enjoyed a mild rebound offensively last season, hitting .276/.332/.374, but he played in…

  15. Chris Young’s option declined by Padres

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Chris Young

    Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011. After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason…

  16. Mets retain Jose Reyes for $11 million

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Maybe it wasn’t quite the no-brainer everyone figured it would be a couple of years ago, but the Mets exercised their $11 million option on Jose Reyes for 2011 on Thursday, retaining the shortstop for what will be his ninth season in Queens. Reyes was healthy for the most part last season after missing most…

  17. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 10-1

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    It’s time for the final chapter in our rundown of the winter’s free agents. I don’t think there will be any controversial choices in the top 10 below. All will get multiyear deals if they want them, and none should have to settle for less than $10 million per year. 111-91 90-71 70-51 50-31 30-11…

  18. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 30-11

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Now we’re starting to see some bigger names. Here’s the fifth of six columns looking at the winter’s top 111 free agents. Nos. 30-11 are featured below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 Free agents Nos. 50-31 30. Lance Berkman (Yankees – Age 35) – Berkman’s worst OPS in…

  19. Brian Sabean’s Giants had to lose to win

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:12 AM EDT

    APTOPIX World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    What did these Giants have that the Yankees, Red Sox and Bay Area rival A’s didn’t? Three recent top-10 draft picks making a huge impact this season. There was a time not too long ago that Giants GM Brian Sabean thought a first-round pick wasn’t worth what it’d cost to sign him. After the 2003…

  20. Mitch Moreland strikes early, Rangers hold on to win Game 3

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The Rangers started the season with Chris Davis at first base, then went to Justin Smoak when he didn’t pan out. In July, after Smoak was used as the key piece in the Cliff Lee deal, they went back to Davis. Finally, at the end of the month, they acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins…

  21. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-31

    Oct 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    It’s time for part four, which will cover free agents Nos. 50-31. Now we’re going to start to see more players likely to command multiyear deals this winter. That’s particularly true of the relievers listed below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 50. Jim Thome (Twins – Age 40)…

  22. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Oct 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part three in a series covering this winter’s top 111 free agents. Here are the players ranked 70th through 51st. The relievers in this group may get two-year deals, while the position players should have to settle for one-year pacts in the $3 million-$4 million range. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos.…

  23. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 90-71

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Here’s part two of the Top 111 Free Agents. Whereas most of the players in the 111-91 range will be looking at one-year deals in the $1 million-$2 million range, the players here will hold out for a bit more, if not necessarily in guarantees then definitely in incentives. Free agents Nos. 111-91 90. J.C.…

  24. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    This is the first article in a six-part series looking at this winter’s free agent class.  I’ve included players who might have their options picked up after the World Series, but left out the no-brainers like Adrian Gonzalez and Omar Infante.  Also omitted were the retiring Billy Wagner and Mike Lowell. Players are ranked based…

  25. Benches empty in third inning of Game 6

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 6

    A wild Jonathan Sanchez plunked Chase Utley in the back, leading a perturbed Utley to flip the ball back to the pitcher and sparking a benches-clearing incident in the third inning of Game 6 of the NLCS. The ball, which hit Utley just above the numbers, happened to carom and bounce into Utley’s right hand…

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