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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Spring training questions: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will Maicer Izturis beat out Howie Kendrick at second base or Brandon Wood at third base? Izturis finished last season as the starting second baseman against right-handers, and the Angels made a commitment to…

  2. Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then.…

  3. Diving into the depths: New York Yankees

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. New York Yankees Rotation 1. CC Sabathia 2. A.J. Burnett 3. Andy Pettitte 4. Javier Vazquez 5. Joba Chamberlain 6. Phil Hughes 7. Chad Gaudin 8. Sergio Mitre 9. Chan Ho Park 10. Alfredo Aceves 11. Zach McAllister…

  4. 2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Alex Rodriguez – 942 2. David Wright – 926 3. Evan Longoria – 913 4. Pablo Sandoval – 905 5. Chipper Jones – 897 6. Aramis Ramirez – 882 7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866 8. Mark Reynolds –…

  5. Diving into the depths: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Chicago White Sox Rotation 1. Mark Buehrle 2. Jake Peavy 3. Gavin Floyd 4. John Danks 5. Freddy Garcia 6. Dan Hudson 7. Brandon Hynick 8. Carlos Torres 9. Lucas Harrell 10. Jeff Marquez The rotation is set,…

  6. Ex-Ranger Blalock still without a taker

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    With Russell Branyan joining the Indians and Carlos Delgado down following another hip surgery, the first base market is finally just about bare. Jermaine Dye would give the position a try if asked and Cuban defector Jose Julio Ruiz is getting some attention, but Hank Blalock is the one experienced viable major league regular left…

  7. 2010 projected leaders: Second baseman OPS

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Chase Utley – 899 2. Robinson Cano – 860 3. Ian Kinsler – 846 4. Dustin Pedroia – 845 5. Ben Zobrist – 828 6. Dan Uggla – 822 7. Aaron Hill – 816 8. Howie Kendrick –…

  8. Jenks gives up the bottle, sheds some pounds

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, whose reputation for hard partying preceded him to the majors, told MLB.com that he quit drinking over the winter and the decision has helped him lose 25 pounds. Jenks claims he was never an alcoholic, but he said he felt the need to quit cold turkey for his sake and…

  9. Buehrle to make eighth Opening Day start

    Feb 21, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced Sunday that Mark Buehrle would get the nod on Opening Day for a franchise record eighth time. Buehrle, entering his 10th year as a member of the White Sox rotation, will break a tie with Billy Pierce for the most Opening Day starts in team history. He gets the…

  10. 2010 projected leaders: First baseman OPS

    Feb 19, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Albert Pujols – 1067 2. Prince Fielder – 976 3. Miguel Cabrera – 965 4. Mark Teixeira – 962 5. Adrian Gonzalez – 933 6. Ryan Howard – 923 7. Lance Berkman – 911 8. Kevin Youkilis –…

  11. Mets' Reyes could bat third… for a little while

    Feb 19, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Mets manager Jerry Manuel has already come up with his first big idea of the spring; he wants to bat usual leadoff man Jose Reyes third, though only until Carlos Beltran returns from knee surgery. “Reyes, in my opinion, has evolved,” Manuel told the New York Post “I could really stretch our lineup out if…

  12. Dodgers bring back Gagne

    Feb 18, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have come to terms with former closer Eric Gagne on a minor league contract, the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez reports. Gagne was also offered a minor league deal by the Rockies. Coming back from a shoulder injury, he pitched in the independent Can-Am League last year and went 6-6 with a 4.65…

  13. Marlins add MacDougal to bullpen picture

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports that the Marlins and Mike MacDougal have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. MacDougal, 32, had to a take a minor league deal despite saving 20 games in 21 chances for the Nationals last season. He had a 3.60 ERA in 50 innings…

  14. Diving into the depths: Minnesota Twins

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Minnesota Twins Rotation 1. Scott Baker 2. Nick Blackburn 3. Kevin Slowey 4. Carl Pavano 5. Francisco Liriano 6. Glen Perkins 7. Brian Duensing 8. Anthony Swarzak 9. Jeff Manship 10. Mike Maroth 11. Tyler Robertson 12. Carlos…

  15. 2010 projected leaders: Catcher OPS

    Feb 18, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Joe Mauer – 958 2. Brian McCann – 847 3. Victor Martinez – 845 4. Matt Wieters – 836 5. Mike Napoli – 832 6. Jorge Posada – 824 7. Chris Iannetta – 816 8. Buster Posey –…

  16. Nats' Detwiler out 10-12 weeks after surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who was expected to compete for a spot in Washington’s rotation this spring, is out 10-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, made his major league debut last season and went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA…

  17. Mark Shapiro's greatest hits and misses

    Feb 18, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    With Mark Shapiro being bumped upstairs by the Indians, here’s a look at his best and worst moves in his nine seasons at the helm in Cleveland: Hits June 27, 2002 – Indians acquired SS Brandon Phillips, LHP Cliff Lee, OF Grady Sizemore and 1B Lee Stevens from the Expos for RHP Bartolo Colon and…

  18. Reviewing my free agent predictions

    Feb 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s time to review my free agent predictions from back in November. For the second year in a row, the free agents who signed early did much better than those who waited to hold out for a better deal. Once again, the market dried up quickly, as a lot of teams have started to realize…

  19. 2010 projected leaders: Slugging percentage

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Slugging percentage 1. Albert Pujols – .624 2. Ryan Braun – .575 3. Miguel Cabrera – .574 4. Prince Fielder – .570 5. Mark Teixeira – .570 6. Ryan Howard – .561 7. Hanley Ramirez – .549 8. Alex…

  20. Diving into the depths: Detroit Tigers

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Detroit Tigers Rotation 1. Justin Verlander 2. Rick Porcello 3. Max Scherzer 4. Jeremy Bonderman 5. Nate Robertson 6. Armando Galarraga 7. Dontrelle Willis 8. Zach Miner 9. Phil Coke 10. Eddie Bonine 11. Alfredo Figaro 12. Phil…

  21. Rangers sign OF Chavez to minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:13 PM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract. Chavez was Seattle’s primary left fielder for a time last year before going down with a torn ACL in June. Known for his glove, he hit .273/.328/.342 in 161 at-bats before getting hurt. He came in at…

  22. Diving into the depths: Kansas City Royals

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Kansas City Royals Rotation 1. Zack Greinke 2. Gil Meche 3. Brian Bannister 4. Luke Hochevar 5. Kyle Davies 6. Robinson Tejeda 7. Kyle Farnsworth 8. Jorge Campillo 9. Bruce Chen 10. Anthony Lerew 11. Brad Thompson 12.…

  23. 2010 projected leaders: On-base percentage

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. OBP 1. Albert Pujols – .443 2. Joe Mauer – .420 3. Todd Helton – .417 4. Manny Ramirez – .409 5. Prince Fielder – .406 6. Hanley Ramirez – .403 7. Matt Holliday – .403 8. Lance Berkman…

  24. Red Sox can't re-sign Martinez just yet

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox may well want Victor Martinez as their catcher beyond 2010. He’s not much defensively and he never will be, but he doesn’t embarrass himself and it could be a long time before a real upgrade is available. Still, despite Martinez’s obvious eagerness to get a deal done now, nothing figures to happen…

  25. D-backs sign Jackson to $13.35 million deal

    Feb 14, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and arbitration-eligible right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to a two-year, $13.35 million contract. The pact takes Jackson up to his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old asked for $6.25 million and was offered $4.6 million for 2010 when figures were exchanged last month. With a midpoint between…

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