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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 SI.com’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…

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

    Jan 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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):…

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

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Red Sox to get Adrian Gonzalez after all

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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’…

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