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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. HBT's Position-by-position trade deadline overview

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    For your trade deadline obsessing pleasure: links to breakdowns of all of the available — or merely arguably available — position player talent at the deadline.

  14. Cowley: Kenny Williams has "something big cooking"

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    The Sun Times’ Joe Cowley says we should all hold our horses on the rumored Edwin Jackson to the White Sox deal: Hold off on the Jackson trade folks, KW has something big cooking and if he gets it done Jackson trade is off. Maybe it’s a play for Dunn directly?  Prince Fielder? You’d think…

  15. Bryce Harper's Facebook page is "knarley"

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Inside the social networking mind of a 17 year-old soon-to-be multi-millionaire.

  16. Five teams that need to make a deal

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Everyone can get better at the deadline. But who needs it the most?

  17. Are Mets fans justified in booing K-Rod?

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Howard Megdal takes a look at Mets fan’ relationship with their expensive closer: Francisco Rodriguez has held up his end of the bargain with the New York Mets and their fans. He’s been a good closer, by any reasonable measure: the Mets have called on him again and again to finish off the other guys,…

  18. The Dodgers and Cubs are talking Ted Lilly

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that the Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot. The Dodgers have been connected with just about every pitcher on a “the Dodgers have inquired” basis, but this one may actually have some legs to it. Especially if what…

  19. What they're saying about the Roy Oswalt trade

    Jul 30, 2010, 8:05 AM EDT

    As always, I think Charlie Manuel says it best.

  20. The White Sox could have Edwin Jackson this morning — will they flip him for Dunn?

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal apparently doesn’t sleep this time of year, and he reported early this morning that the White Sox were in “serious discussions” with the Diamondbacks regarding an Edwin Jackson for Daniel Hudson trade.  A few minutes ago Joe Cowley tweeted that the deal could go down as soon as this morning. The deal would…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday's Scores and Highlights

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT

    Lack of hustle from Jorge Cantu: he totally should have pulled the “two games for two different teams on the same day” trick.

  22. Meet the guy who wore the LeBron shirt to the Tribe game last night

    Jul 29, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    Drew passed along word of the glutton for punishment who wore the LeBron James Miami Heat game to the Indians game last night.  Turns out my friend Peter over at Cleveland Frowns — who was watching the game from the Home Run Deck at Progressive Field — talked to and photographed the guy last night.…

  23. So, what does Roy Oswalt really do for the Phiilies?

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    We know Roy Oswalt makes the Phillies better. That’s a no-brainer. But how much better? Better enough to send them surging past the Braves and into the postseason?  To answer that question, let’s look at some Random Royness: Oswalt in Citizens Bank Park:  Oswalt has thrived in Citizens Bank Park, going 4-0 with a 2.60…

  24. The Jorge Cantu-to-the-Rangers deal is just about done

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    The Jorge Cantu deal mentioned earlier is rounding into shape: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and Marlins have reached agreement on the players who will change teams. Apart from Cantu, of course, which I hope is obvious. The Marlins will get Double-A right-handers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda. Reed, 24, has posted a 1.76…

  25. 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…

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