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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Your morning dose of "playing in New York is different" porn

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you read nothing but the New York tabloids you’d think that Lance Berkman was some reality show contestant rather than an accomplished and experienced major leaguer.

  2. Grant Balfour's injury came from wrestling with his pitching coach

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Chad Qualls trade was a head scratcher at the time, but it was explained later in the day on Saturday when it was revealed that Rays’ setup man Grant Balfour was injured.  Turns out that injury, however, was pretty preventable: he got it while “messing around . . . wrestling, in a way” with…

  3. The Brewers give Corey Hart a three-year extension

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster tweets that Hart’s extension is for $26.5 million over three years. 9:30 A.M.: The subject of trade rumors for weeks, Corey Hart remained a Brewer after Saturday’s deadline hit.  And he’ll remain a Brewer for some time into the future as well, given that Milwaukee just announced that Hart has agreed to a…

  4. Greg Maddux put in a good word for Blake DeWitt

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    When the Cubs and Dodgers were hammering out the Ted Lilly trade over the weekend, GM Jim Hendry asked for the input from his assistant, Greg Maddux.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddux gave the thumbs up to the team acquiring Blake DeWitt. On the one hand: cool. Maddux is The Man, I would love…

  5. Mike Lowell was nearly a Yankee again

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees.  Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade. …

  6. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on steroids and the Hall of fame

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It’s a long quote of the day, but it’s well worth your time. Buster nails it.

  7. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Given how nutso Saturday was, you’re forgiven if you took yesterday off from following baseball, even if we didn’t.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday's Scores and Highlights

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    A dark cloud looms over Jerry Manuel and the Mets.

  9. The Royals give Ned Yost a two-year extension

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    In addition to announcing the Ankiel and Farnsworth trade, the Kansas City Royals just announced that they have given Ned Yost a two-year contract extension. I like this move, really. Ned Yost is not John McGraw, but he’s what this team needs right now. Both as a manager — he has a track record of…

  10. Adam Dunn stays put

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    It went down to the wire with big talk from lots of people, but at the end of the day Adam Dunn remains a National. He’ll be in the lineup tonight against the Phillies. There’s little chance that Dunn would get traded in August on a waiver deal, it seems. Yes, he makes a lot…

  11. Oh, fabulous: the Braves get Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    Not content to acquire an awful player from the Royals at the deadline, the Braves got two!  Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth.  In exchange, the Braves give up reliever Jesse Chavez, outfielder Gregor Blanco and prospect Tim Collins, who just came over from the Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar deal. [composing myself] Ankiel hasn’t…

  12. The Yankees land Kerry Wood

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    The Yankees traded for Indians’ closer Kerry Wood.  They gave up a player to be named later (right now I think half the Indians’ roster consists of players to be named later) and — get this — the Indians kicked cash into the deal. How on Earth the Yankees are convincing teams like the Indians…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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?

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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,”…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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