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Matthew Pouliot

  1. The White Sox are out of the mix on Adam Dunn

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    That’s what Buster Olney says, passing along what he says the White Sox are “saying internally.”  Which begs the question as to how he heard it, but hey, that’s how things work this time of the season. Olney says that the teams most likely to do a deal for Dunn could be the Yankees or…

  2. White Sox pitching coach compares Strasburg to Mark Prior, Kerry Wood

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was on Sirius XM this morning, and the subject of Stephen Strasburg moving to the disabled list came up.  Here’s Cooper, making every Nationals fan in the country faint: “Strasburg does something that I call an upside down arm action.  Listen, I’m not wishing this guy bad by any…

  3. DONE DEAL: Oswalt goes to Philadelphia for Happ, two prospects

    Jul 29, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    A major coup for the Phillies: Roy Oswalt is coming to town.

  4. UPDATE: The Phillies are sending Anthony Gose And Jonathan Villar to Houston in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Forget Vance Worley: now it’s being widely reported the second prospect in the day is one Jonathan VIllar.  Villar is a 19 year-old shortstop prospect currently hitting .272/.332/.358 in the Sally League.  Unless there’s a misprint on his Baseball-Reference.com page, he has [gulp] 42 errors this season.  So he’s got that going for him.…

  5. Marlins, Rangers close on a Jorge Cantu deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    The Rangers and Marlins are getting closer on a deal for Jorge Cantu.  Talks were going on yesterday, but Jayson Stark reported that the Rangers wanted Florida to pick up most of Cantu’s remaining salary.  Today USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins will do just that. Cantu started the season with a bunch…

  6. This is why the Orioles are awful

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    From Buster Olney’s latest column: Other teams that have asked the Orioles about the availability of some of their players are getting the vibe that Baltimore is greatly concerned about stripping their roster to the point that they are concerned about being even worse down the stretch than they have been in the first four…

  7. HBT Daily: Podsednik, A-Rod and the Giants

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about a team I declared dead that, in hindsight, was only mostly dead.

  8. OK, no one knows anything about the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Ahhhh. It hadn’t felt like deadline time until just this very moment. Within the past few minutes two writers with Philly sources — Jayson Stark and Todd Zolecki — are saying that Phillies 1B prospect Jonathan Singleton is in the Oswalt deal. Another — Ken Rosenthal, who may not be as well-sourced in Philly but…

  9. Report: The Astros would send the Phillies $12 million in the Oswalt deal

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Earlier today we’d heard chatter that the Astros would be sending $8 million to the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt deal. That, combined with a couple of decent but not really high-ceiling prospects seems like a good deal for the Phillies, but it may be even better than that. Jayson Stark is now saying that…

  10. UPDATE: Strasburg placed on the disabled list; no comment from Jim Bunning

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The Nats have places Strasburg on the DL. This is likely precautionary as Strasburg says he feels better than he did on Tuesday.  Because of the ability to DL him retroactive to his last start, the ten-day shutdown period mentioned before is likely more relevant. 9:34 A.M.: Jim Riggleman was on Sirius/XM radio this…

  11. A-Rod files an objection to the Texas Rangers auction

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    No wonder he can’t hit his 600th home run! He’s busy litigating! Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday filed an objection over how the Rangers’ bankruptcy auction might be held, fearing that bidders won’t pledge to make good on deferred payments to him and several other former team players. On deadline for such filings before the Aug.…

  12. No, being steroid-free is not keeping Fred McGriff out of the Hall of Fame

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times has a column today in which he argues that Fred McGriff is being penalized in the Hall of Fame voting because he didn’t take steroids and thus didn’t have big gonzo cartoon power numbers.  At the outset, let me note that I think Fred McGriff should be inducted…

  13. Joe Saunders honors Nick Adenhart

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jim from Halos Heaven alerted me to something I hadn’t noticed: While with the Angels, Joe Saunders wore uniform number 51, but now that he’s with the Diamondbacks he has changed his number to 34, which was Nick Adenhart’s number.  He hasn’t said anything in public about it since the trade, but the assumption is…

  14. The Mets probably aren't getting Ted Lilly

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that while the Mets have engaged in conversations with the Cubs about Ted Lilly, it’s now “very doubtful” that they’ll be able to do a deal for him. The sticking point: the Mets don’t want to pay the $4 million or so he’s owed for the rest of the year plus give…

  15. Some chatter while we wait for Roy Oswalt's decision

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    As Drew noted last night, there’s a deal in place between the Phillies and the Astros for Roy Oswalt.  Everyone is now waiting for Oswalt’s decision on his no trade clause.  I have some thoughts on that (see below) but in the meantime, let’s speculate about what the deal may look like, assuming it goes…

  16. And That Happened: Wednesday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown debuts, Jason Heyward steals home and Brandon Phillips hits one way the hell up to Bernie Brewers’ slide.

  17. The Astros are more likely to move Myers than Oswalt

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brett Myers is cheaper than Roy Oswalt and — at least lately — he’s been better. It stands to reason then that the Astros are more likely to trade Brett Myers than Oswalt before the clock strikes four this Saturday. And that’s what Phil Rogers is saying, based on the word of a scout. Which…

  18. Joakim Soria wants to close

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    After my post about Joakim Soria’s no-trade clause keeping him from the Yankees yesterday, many of you responded with “sure, but wouldn’t he want the chance to play on a winner? That would trump the saves!”  Answer: no it wouldn’t. Jon Paul Morosi: Soria’s $6 million contract option for 2012 will vest automatically with 55…

  19. Ben Sheets' career may be over

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Buster Olney just tweeted that Ben Sheets may have a torn flexor tendon. That’s the same injury that cost him all of 2009.  If that’s the case, you have to think that his career is in serious jeopardy. Yes, he rehabbed last time, but it was brutal. Surgery took place in February 2009 with an…

  20. Rumor: Ted Lilly to the Phillies for J.A. Happ

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Not so fast.  I had missed this, but last week Jon Paul Morosi reported that Ted Lilly’s 10-team no-trade clause includes the Phillies. Whether he’s more adamant about not going to Philly than Roy Oswalt seems to be is an open question, but it’s not like this would be a slam dunk or anything.…

  21. The Dodgers are pushing hard to land Scott Podsednik

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Scott Podsednik is not the stuff that dreams are made of, but (a) he’s pretty cheap; and (b) the Dodgers are staring down the barrel of “Garret Anderson: starting left fielder” if they don’t get someone to replace Manny Ramirez, so I guess it’s kind of understandable that L.A. is pushing hard to get Podsednik…

  22. HBT Extra: who's going where?

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    Today Tiffany and I look at where some of the top guys may be going. We somehow didn’t get to Scott Podsednik.

  23. Totally weak: Jim Leyland suspended for today's game

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has suspended Jim Leyland for a game for no good reason and a whole lot of bad ones.

  24. Report: the Rangers are inquiring about Prince Fielder

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets* that the Rangers have joined the White Sox and Angels as teams who have made inquiries about Prince Fielder. How on Earth the Rangers could possibly justify taking on Prince Fielder’s salary obligations is beyond me.  There was enough beefing about Cliff Lee and he makes pennies compared to Fielder, who is…

  25. The Phillies call up Domonic Brown

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino’s oblique injury has landed him on the disabled list and to take his slot on the roster is one Domonic Brown: super prospect. Brown has tore his way through the minor leagues this year, hitting .318/.391/.602 in 271 plate appearances at AA and .346/.390/.561 in 118 plate appearances at AAA.  He’s 22. He’s…

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