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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Friday evening notes: Angels, Diamondbacks, Mets

    Dec 11, 2009, 8:59 PM EDT

    *Jose Arredondo will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2010 season, a source told ESPN”s Jorge Arangure. That explains his struggles. Arredondo burst onto the scene with 10 wins and a 1.62 ERA out of the pen in 2008, but he came in at 6.00 in 45 innings during a dreadful 2009. With Arredondo…

  2. Last-place Royals downgrade to Kendall

    Dec 11, 2009, 6:57 PM EDT

    The Royals got 31 homers and 101 RBI in 618 plate appearances from their two primary catchers on their way to finishing 65-97 last season. Now they’re going to someone who had two homers and 43 RBI in 526 plate appearances. That’s the way it is in Kansas City. Dayton Moore’s two biggest priorities after…

  3. Flores still the 'win-now' catcher for Nationals

    Dec 11, 2009, 5:17 PM EDT

    It’s a common occurrence for contenders to go for the sure thing, rather than trust the youngster. When it comes to surety versus ceiling, surety often prevails with teams that already expect to win 90 games. But what about with the teams all set to lose 90 games? When the Nationals signed Ivan Rodriguez, the…

  4. Ex-Tiger Thames of interest to Jays, Tribe

    Dec 11, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    Sources told FOXSports.com that the Indians and Blue Jays are looking at free agent Marcus Thames. Thames, who was released by the Tigers after six seasons in Detroit, would likely sign cheap if it meant getting a chance to play regularly. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has a career 797 OPS in 1,549 at-bats and he’s an…

  5. Free agent predictions review

    Dec 10, 2009, 9:09 PM EDT

    With everyone headed home from the meetings and a quiet night likely, it seemed like a good time to revisit some of the predictions from my Free Agency Preview columns. Here’s a list of the 18 signed free agents to receive guesses in those columns: Ramon Hernandez Guess: Reds – one year, $4 million Result:…

  6. Harden's Rangers deal finalized

    Dec 10, 2009, 6:26 PM EDT

    The Dallas Morning News has all of the details on Rich Harden’s deal with the Rangers, which was agreed to Wednesday. According to the DMN, Harden will earn $6.5 million next season and up to $2.5 million more incentives. The 2011 option needs approval from both sides and is worth $11million. If either party declines…

  7. Rockies sign Iannetta for three years, $8.3 million

    Dec 10, 2009, 5:39 PM EDT

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports that the Rockies and Chris Iannetta have agreed to terms on a three-year, $8.3 million contract that will cover the catcher’s arbitration years. The deal also includes a $5 million club option for 2013, Iannetta’s first season of free agency. While indications were that this was coming, it’s still…

  8. Sorry, Houston fans: Wade, Justice share same brain

    Dec 10, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Each time I start to wonder why I still have the Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice on my RSS reader, he produces a gem like this: Here’s my five-minute analysis of the $4.5-million signing of Pedro Feliz. I haven’t spoken to GM Ed Wade. In other words, I’m thinking for myself. Run for your lives! I…

  9. Report: Mets make offers to Bay, Molina

    Dec 10, 2009, 2:23 PM EDT

    Update – SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Bay offer was for about $65 million over four years. ***** Sources confirmed to Newsday’s David Lennon that the Mets have made initial offers to Jason Bay and Bengie Molina. There was no doubt the proposal to Molina was coming, though there’s no word yet whether he’s…

  10. Reports: Rays pick up Soriano to take over closer's role

    Dec 10, 2009, 2:11 AM EDT

    Sources told SI.com’s Jon Heyman that the deal sending Rafael Soriano to the Rays is done, pending a physical. In return, the Braves are set to receive Jesse Chavez, the right-handed reliever the Rays previously picked up from the Pirates for Akinori Iwamura this winter. The deal nets the Rays a closer without forcing them…

  11. Report: Rangers, Red Sox agree to Lowell deal

    Dec 10, 2009, 12:17 AM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Red Sox and Rangers have come to a preliminary agreement on a Mike Lowell for Max Ramirez trade, pending physicals and approval of Red Sox ownership. According to Rosenthal, the Red Sox are picking up almost all of Lowell’s $12 million salary to make it happen. No mention is…

  12. Winter meetings extras: Soriano, Rule 5 draft, Patterson

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:31 PM EDT

    *The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Dave O’Brien believes the Braves and Rays could finalize a Rafael Soriano deal on Thursday. The Braves figure to get a decent prospect here, but the quality will depend on whether they’re willing to throw in a couple of million to help out with Soriano’s still undetermined salary, which presumably will be…

  13. Astros keep adding to pen, sign Lyon for three years

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:17 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert reports that the Astros and Brandon Lyon have come to terms on a deal, pending a physical. The Astros lost LaTroy Hawkins earlier in the day because of an unwillingness to guarantee him a second year. They almost certainly had to in order to sign Lyon, and they probably paid a premium…

  14. Royals talk to Yankees about OF Gardner

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports that the Royals have inquired about Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner’s availability in light of the Curtis Granderson trade. Given that he, like Granderson, is a left-handed-hitting center fielder, Gardner no longer seems like all that great of a fit with the Yankees. Switch-hitting Melky Cabrera might be more…

  15. Report: Angels offer Aybar, Saunders for Halladay

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:21 PM EDT

    The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Angels have offered up Erick Aybar, Joe Saunders and Peter Bourjos in exchange for Jays ace Roy Halladay. The Aybar inclusion is big, given the complete lack of any other quality young shortstops on the market and Toronto’s intense desire for a long-term option at the position. A…

  16. Report: Phillies in mix to acquire Halladay

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:59 PM EDT

    SI.con’s Jon Heyman is hearing the Phillies are in the mix for Roy Halladay, along with the Angels, Yankees and Red Sox. The Phillies are supposed to be just about out of money after signing Placido Polanco and loading up their bench, though they have kept enough in reserve to land a setup man along…

  17. Notes on the catching market: Torrealba, Molina, Kendall

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 PM EDT

    *FOXSports.com’s Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Rockies and Yorvit Torrealba are about $1 million apart on a two-year deal, with the Rockies offering $5 million. Ringolsby also has the Rockies looking at Miguel Olivo, Josh Bard and Jason Kendall as fall-back options. The Nationals’ decision to give Ivan Rodriguez $6 million for two years makes…

  18. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discuss Lowell deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    According to the Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald, the Red Sox and Rangers are discussing a Mike Lowell deal, with Max Ramirez potentially being involved. The Rangers have been looking for a right-handed bat to pair with Nelson Cruz behind Josh Hamilton in the lineup, with Jermaine Dye’s name being mentioned frequently. Lowell, though, may well…

  19. Orioles bring in Millwood to head young rotation

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

    It was a prerequisite to the Rangers’ signing of Rich Harden; Kevin Milllwood’s $12 million salary simply had to be stricken from the books. To make it happen, the Rangers ate $3 million and sent the veteran to the Orioles for former closer Chris Ray and a player to be named. Millwood is coming off…

  20. Harden picks odd spot to rebuild his value

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:09 PM EDT

    As our own Craig Calcaterra reported earlier, Rich Harden is joining the Rangers on a one-year, $7.5 million deal with an $11.5 million option for 2010. The price seems about right, but the destination is still rather surprising. It’s hard to imagine that there weren’t going to be teams willing to present similar, if not…

  21. Source: Harden to join Rangers on one-year, $7.5 million deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

    Update 2: Craig has confirmed that the deal is with the Rangers. One year, $7.5 million with the option for 2011. ***** Update: Craig’s source is hearing one-year, $7.5 million with an $11.5 million option for 2011. Possibly with the Mariners. ***** Sources are telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Rich Harden is on…

  22. Bay not a top priority for Angels or Mariners

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    The speculation Tuesday was that the Mariners were cooling on free agent Jason Bay, but that the Angels were becoming more and more interested. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case. Said manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday: “I have not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions that we’ve had as…

  23. Three weeks out of prison, Elijah Dukes' father dies of cancer

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT

    It’s a pretty horrible story, one we might be hearing about more in future weeks. According to the Washington Post, Elijah “David” Dukes Sr. died Nov. 23, just three weeks after being released following a 14-year sentence for murder. The 43-year-old fell ill after his release and was quickly diagnosed with cancer, which went undetected…

  24. Indians hit hard by injury bug as Santana, Miller require surgery

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:38 PM EDT

    The Indians already have Matt LaPorta as a question mark for Opening Day after he required hip surgery in October. Now two more of their top youngsters have required procedures that leave their statuses for 2010 in question. Carlos Santana, one of the game’s very best prospects, suffered a broken hamate bone in his right…

  25. Red Sox create Ramon Ramirez monopoly with waiver claim

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Red Sox claimed the other Ramon Ramirez off release waivers from the Rays on Wednesday, giving them two right-handers pitchers with the same name. The newcomer, Ramon A. Ramirez, was claimed off waivers by the Rays last month, only to be released four weeks later. The 27-year-old was previously ditched by the Reds, even…

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