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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Blue Jays in running to acquire Doumit from Pirates

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates and Blue Jays are discussing a Ryan Doumit deal, with Jeremy Accardo possibly going the other way. The Mariners and Giants also reportedly have some interest in Doumit. Because of Buster Posey’s presence, the Giants are known to prefer a catcher on a one-year deal, but…

  2. Report: Giants, Padres talk Kouzmanoff

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants have engaged the Padres on Kevin Kouzmanoff, though they haven’t come close to meeting the asking price yet. It’d be of little surprise in one of new Padres GM Jed Hoyer’s first moves was to shed Kouzmanoff. The 28-year-old has some ability to hit for average and…

  3. Yanks, Tigers prevail in 3-team Granderson deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    The incredible thing is that the Diamondbacks were supposed to be the driving force behind the whole thing. Maybe GM Josh Byrnes was simply so eager to get the deal done that he lost his way, but it looks like the Diamondbacks are really losing out in the three-team deal sending Curtis Granderson to New…

  4. Report: Mets, Brewers discuss swap of Maine, Hart

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:10 AM EDT

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that the Mets and Brewers have discussed swapping right-hander John Maine and outfielder Corey Hart. That’d be quite a course change for the Brewers, who wouldn’t put Hart on the table when engaged with more interesting proposals last year. As it turned out, though, 2008 wasn’t just an…

  5. Barry Bonds' son arrested after assaulting mother

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:59 AM EDT

    19-year-old Nikolai Bonds was arrested Saturday for allegedly spitting in his mother’s face and throwing a metal doorknob at her during an argument, police told the Associated Press Police arrested Bonds on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, vandalism, false imprisonment and obstructing and resisting an officer. According to Menlo Park…

  6. Soriano, Pavano, Betancourt only three to accept arbitration

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:23 AM EDT

    The Braves certainly weren’t counting on Rafael Soriano accepting arbitration when they signed Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito last week, but now they have three expensive relievers on a roster already likely overbudget and still short a first baseman and an outfielder. It certainly could be worse. Soriano is one of the game’s most dominant…

  7. Winter meetings notes: Day 1

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT

    Let’s touch on some stuff that didn’t make it into the blog entries: *ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Blue Jays and Dodgers discussed Roy Halladay but didn’t find a match. In no small part because the Dodgers are apparently flat broke. *The Mariners are talking to free agent reliever Darren Oliver about a contract, says…

  8. Three-team deal sending Granderson to Yanks reaches impasse

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:06 PM EDT

    So, it was the Bombers. FOXSports.com is reporting that the Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have discussed a three-team deal involving Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, but that talks are at an impasse. It’s the same sort of scenario we discussed earlier here. The Tigers would send Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Diamondbacks…

  9. Report: Brewers, left-hander Wolf moving close to deal

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:21 PM EDT

    AOL FanHouse’s Ed Price is hearing that the Brewers and Randy Wolf are “closing in” on a three-year deal. There’s been plenty else today to back up the idea that the Brewers and Wolf were talking. It was thought weeks ago that the Brewers might pass on the left-hander because they didn’t want to forfeit…

  10. Jilted by Everett, Pirates look at Crosby for shortstop

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:03 PM EDT

    At least the Pirates are chasing some upside this time. There must, after all, be a non-zero chance that Bobby Crosby, who turns 30 in January, can reemerge as a legitimate contributor. He finished with OPSs of 744 as a rookie and 802 in 84 games as a sophomore before plummeting to 636, 619, 645…

  11. Little movement on Bradley deal during day one

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:45 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark says that three-team trade talks that would have sent Pat Burrell to the Mets are dead, but that Milton Bradley still might head to Tampa Bay. The Rays seem to have far more interest in Bradley than any other team, yet there’s no way that they’d do a deal without moving Burrell…

  12. Report: D'Backs could give up Scherzer for Jackson

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:18 PM EDT

    The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro believes there’s something to rumors that the Diamondbacks could part with Max Scherzer in a trade for Edwin Jackson. The deal simply wouldn’t work as a one-for-one. Scherzer is just as talented as Jackson, if not more so, and he still has give years to go until free agency, whereas…

  13. Pirates want more offense, yet shop Doumit

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:03 PM EDT

    The Pirates have been mention in connection with a bunch of second-tier free agents this winter, most notably Xavier Nady, Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock. They have money and they need offense, so it’s completely understandable. Yet, at the same time that they’ve keep looking for a first baseman or a right fielder, indications are…

  14. Report: Nothing happening on Granderson-to-Yankees front

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:54 PM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees’ talks with the Tigers regarding Curtis Granderson didn’t go very far, apparently because Detroit wanted both Phil Hughes and Austin Jackson in return for their center fielder. Jackson would be an obvious choice to go in a Granderson deal, since the Yankees would…

  15. Cardinals guarantee Penny $7.5 million in one-year deal

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT

    Brad Penny’s one-year deal with the Cardinals is worth $7.5 million guaranteed and includes $1.5 million in incentives, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney and others. Some will express surprise at the cash involved, given that Penny finished last season with a 4.88 ERA in 173 1/3 innings. I like the deal for the Cardinals, though.…

  16. Could Uggla take over as the Giants' left fielder?

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:28 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla’s agent said last month that the 29-year-old had no intention of moving off second base for the Marlins or any other team, but it doesn’t appear that the player himself is quite so inflexible. Or as Uggla told MLB.com yesterday: “It’s a tough subject. I feel like I’m a second baseman. I feel…

  17. Rockies offer multiyear deals to Street, Barmes, Iannetta

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are waiting to hear back after offering multiyear deals to closer Huston Street, infielder Clint Barmes and catcher Chris Iannetta. Street, who is just one year away from free agency, received a three-year offer. He made $4.5 million last season and is likely due to…

  18. Marquis in pinstripes would be great news for AL rivals

    Dec 7, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

    It’s a lesson all of the AL contenders have learned in recent years: a team must be very, very careful when looking to NL pitchers to bolster their staffs. Jason Marquis is exactly the kind of pitcher who needs to be left in the easier league. He’s an accomplished innings eater, but he hasn’t finished…

  19. Phillies weigh trading Blanton for bullpen help

    Dec 7, 2009, 5:52 PM EDT

    The News Journal’s Scott Lauber’s believes the Phillies would consider trading Joe Blanton to land the setup man for Brad Lidge they desire. There’s no reason to believe it’s been discussed, but a Joe Blanton-for-George Sherrill deal would make perfect sense if the Dodgers have any financial flexibility at all. Blanton figures to make $8…

  20. Report: Rays could use Upton in bid for Halladay

    Dec 7, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT

    The latest from FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has the Rays asking about Roy Halladay and potentially offering both B.J. Upton and Wade Davis for his services. It sounds crazy and likely is. The Rays are thought to have little money to play with this winter, and while they might be willing to stretch their budget…

  21. Tigers re-sign shortstop Everett for one year

    Dec 7, 2009, 5:17 PM EDT

    Content to stick with their same shortstop situation, the Tigers have re-signed free agent Adam Everett to a one-year deal. Everett was believed to be seeking a raise from $1 million to the $3 million range, even though he hit just .238/.288/.325 in 345 at-bats last season. The Tigers received superior production from the arbitration-eligible…

  22. Report: Diamondbacks in the lead for Tigers' Jackson

    Dec 7, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi still believes the Tigers are on the verge of trading Edwin Jackson, with the Diamondbacks now serving as a chief contender for his services. Morosi also doesn’t rule out the Mariners as a possibility, though they rejected Detroit’s proposal last week. He says the Brewers, Dodgers and Mets are not involved…

  23. Red Sox turn back to Japan, sign Atchison

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    We assume they’ll keep him this time. The Red Sox initially signed Scott Atchison as a minor league free agent after the 2007 season, only to sell him to the Hanshin Tigers a month later. He compiled a 2.77 ERA in two seasons out of the pen for the Tigers, but he expressed his desire…

  24. Rangers looking at Borbon in center, Hamilton in left

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    Rangers manager Ron Washington isn’t content with his team just yet, but he said that if the season started now, he’d have Julio Borton starting in center field, with Josh Hamilton shifting to left field. Taking Hamilton out of center was an obvious move. He was never a real asset there in the first place,…

  25. Ex-Cub Murton to continue career in Japan

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:06 PM EDT

    The Rockies on Monday released Matt Murton so that he could pursue opportunities in Japan. Murton’s career started out in very promising fashion, as he hit .321/.386/.521 in 140 at-bats as a rookie in 2005 and .297/.365/.444 while playing regularly for the Cubs in 2006. The Cubs, though, wanted more power that he was giving…

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