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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Rumor: Braves talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    This is still only at the random chatter stage, but I’ve seen a couple of people in the Twitterverse who work and/or talk with people who Know Things — the latest being Brent Gambill of MLB Network Radio — say that the Braves are talking to the Red Sox about Jacoby Ellsbury. I could talk…

  2. Braves, White Sox still trying to add bats

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    I have it on the most reliable authority that impatient Braves fans are wanting Frank Wren to add a bat before the trade deadline hits in an hour and change. Likewise, unless “add Edwin Jackson” was at the top of every White Sox fan’s list this week, partisans of the pale hose are still waiting…

  3. The Cardinals may still try to add a bat today

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    The Ludwick trade left a team that was already one bat light two bats light, but Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch is saying that Cardinals’ executives he’s talking to haven’t ruled out adding another bat today. I’m not sure how to feel about the “won’t rule out” stories we’ve seen so much of lately. It…

  4. Fred Wilpon is getting sued over Madoff investments

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Before you get too excited for news of the Mets making a big, big trade deadline splash, you may want to read this: New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon was sued on Friday over alleged losses suffered by retirement plan participants at his firm Sterling Equities. The complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court…

  5. Done Deal: Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals, Ryan Ludwick to the Padres

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The Cardinals, Indians and Padres make a big deal. But does this really help St. Louis?

  6. Cardinals, Indians, Padres close to a three-way deal involving Westbrook, Ludwick

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Harmonic convergence between the Westbrook and Ludwick rumors.  It’s a three-way deal. The Padres get Ryan Ludwick. The Cardinals get Jake Westbrook and a prospect from the Padres. The Indians get prospects only, one of whom is known to be AA pitcher Corey Kluber. Tom Krasovic says it’s done all except for the union…

  7. The Yankees are not pursuing Ted Lilly

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As we wait for the Dodgers front office to wake up, have their coffee and decide if they want to do a deal with the Cubs for Ted Lilly, we can at least pass along word that they probably don’t have any competition from the Yankees. Buster says that the Yankees aren’t pursuing him “unless…

  8. The Jays probably aren't moving Jose Bautista

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    Buster Oleny offers one of his famous “heard this” tweets to the effect of the Blue Jays not really being interested in moving Jose Bautista.  The thinking is that he’s killing it, Blue Jays fans are getting into it, and he’s likely only to get an arbitration award in the $6 million range, so why…

  9. ATH Express: Last night's scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I’m not used to posting recaps on a Saturday, so apologies if it’s not up to it’s usual level of quality. There is an “Arrested Development” thing buried in here, though, so there’s that.

  10. News Corp. wants to bid on the Rangers now

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    There’s a new bidder in the Texas Rangers auction: News Corp., the parent company of FOX and FOX Sports, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  They want a chance to own the team, it appears, in order to protect their broadcasting rights to the Rangers, whose games air on FOX Sports Southwest. This seems rather ridiculous…

  11. Shocker: New York writer says ballplayer won't hack it in New York

    Jul 31, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

    I really can’t stand stuff like this blog post from Jeff Pearlman, in which he opines that Lance Berkman won’t be able to hack it in New York. The argument basically boils down to this: Berkman is a great clubhouse guy and a total pro, but he’s a “country dude” who is “an off-the-charts right-winger,”…

  12. The Rays and Dbacks are about to strike a deal for Chad Qualls

    Jul 31, 2010, 7:16 AM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are on the verge of sending reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later. Chad Qualls is 1-4 with an 8.51 ERA and has a salary of over $4 million this year. Word is that the Rays are picking up all that’s left of the salary.…

  13. Cody Ross is off the table

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    The fact that I’ve been the only person on the planet dropping references to Cody Ross in trade rumor stories these last few days is a testament to the ability of one’s fandom to overtake one’s objectivity from time to time. Intellectually I know that the Marlins aren’t really shopping him and that even if…

  14. The Blue Jays aren't likely to move Scott Downs

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Scott Downs has been the best reliever available since the trade deadline Bacchanalia began, but Jayson Stark is now saying that he’s likely not going anywhere. Why? Mostly because the Blue Jays have continued to ask a hell of a lot for him.  They may just keep him, he says, and go to arbitration with…

  15. Report: The Pirates are close to sending Paul Maholm to the Padres

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Though there are a couple of dissenters, multiple other sources are reporting that the Pirates and Padres are nearing a deal for Pirates’ started Paul Maholm. Tim Brown at Yahoo! just said that the teams were “close.” I”m never sure what to make of these types of conflicts. It seems easier to assume that some…

  16. The trouble with Tony La Russa

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    This column from Anthony Schafer at The Riverfront Times — analyzing his pitching moves on one recent night — basically records and replays my inner monologue every time I watch a game managed by Tony La Russa: This isn’t just about two players; this is about who is really important in winning and losing. What…

  17. The Astros didn't tell any other teams that they'd kick in $11 million on Oswalt

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    The general consensus immediately after the Oswalt deal was announced yesterday was that the Astros got hosed.  Then, after some time, more and more voices spoke up saying, “hey, don’t you think that if there was a better deal out there the Astros would have taken it?” Well, maybe not, because Joel Sherman reports that…

  18. The Nationals trade Cristian Guzman to the Rangers

    Jul 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    For a team that’s going to be auctioned on the courthouse steps next week, the Rangers sure are active little buggers this summer, aren’t they? First it was Cliff Lee, then Bengie Molina, then Jorge Cantu. This afternoon they picked up Cristian Guzman from the Nationals for a couple of prospects whose names (a) we…

  19. The latest on the White Sox-Edwin Jackson-Adam Dunn front

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    We’ve been waiting all afternoon to hear something new from the White Sox, who many people suspect are going to flip the newly-acquired Edwin Jackson to the Nationals for Adam Dunn. The latest comes from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale: the Sox currently have Jackson in a proposed package for Dunn. Nightengale adds that if the…

  20. Braves reliever Jonny Venters gets his suspension rescinded

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    You may or may not recall that Braves rookie reliever Jonny Venters was handed a four-game suspension for plunking Prince Fielder a couple of weeks ago.  He appealed, and the smart money had that appeal getting his suspension reduce to two games or something because that’s how those things always go. Turns out, however, that…

  21. Philly's intentional vomiter gets jail time

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    His first night in the joint, the Intentional Vomiter cost me two packs of cigarettes. He never made a sound.

  22. HBT Daily: Oswalt, Braves-Red and Yankees-Rays

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    In which I try to convince myself that the Phillies are no better with Oswalt. I don’t do a very good job of it.

  23. Report: Edwin Jackson has been traded to the White Sox

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Tim Brown from Yahoo! just tweeted that Edwin Jackson was just told that he was traded to the White Sox. In court that would be inadmissible hearsay.  In trade rumor land it’s basically gold. My bestest buddy Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are getting starter Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg in return. No…

  24. How you know the trade deadline has gone crazy

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    A rare glimpse into the silliness of following the trade deadline on Twitter.

  25. The Yankees are reportedly "in heavy" on Adam Dunn

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    You know it’s trade deadline season when I don’t even have the time to make up some tasty bit of innuendo out of a headline like that!  Anyway, the rumor: Ken Rosenthal talks to a “rival executive” who says that the Yankees are still really wanting Adam Dunn, and that their chatter in recent days…

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