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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Orioles set to fill closer's role with Gonzalez

    Dec 16, 2009, 9:43 PM EDT

    The Orioles and Mike Gonzalez are close to an agreement on a two-year, $12 million contract that could be worth $8 million per year through incentives, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown. The move would seem to bring an end to Baltimore’s search for a closer and eliminate the team as a suitor for Jose…

  2. Dodgers, Carroll agree to two-year deal

    Dec 16, 2009, 7:45 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers and Jamey Carroll have come to terms on a two-year, $3.85 million contract. It’d be a return to the NL West for Carroll, who played for the Rockies in 2006 and ’07. He spent the last two years with the Indians, posting identical .355 OBPs each year.…

  3. Tigers give Santiago a two-year extension

    Dec 16, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT

    As if losing Roy Halladay wasn’t bad enough, another potential 2010-11 free agent went off the board on Wednesday, as the Tigers signed shortstop Ramon Santiago to a two-year, $2.5 million deal. The 30-year-old Santiago would have been eligible for major league free agency for the next time next winter. Santiago hit .267/.318/.386 with a…

  4. Philosophy change could push BoSox over tax threshold

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:28 AM EDT

    WEEI’s Alex Speier has a great look at Boston’s new payroll in light of the Marco Scutaro, John Lackey and Mike Cameron signings and how the team might join the Yankees in paying the luxury tax in 2010. According to Speier’s figures, the Red Sox have a projected luxury-tax payroll of $168.07 million, barely short…

  5. Still broke Dodgers gain little in Pierre deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 7:11 PM EDT

    The Dodgers did the disgruntled Juan Pierre a favor by shipping him off to the White Sox and giving him a chance to play regularly, but instead of getting the overpriced pitcher they were looking for in return, the team settled for two modest prospects in right-handers John Ely and Jon Link and ate some…

  6. Lackey's BoSox deal not done yet

    Dec 15, 2009, 6:36 PM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Carfardo reports that the Red Sox and John Lackey still haven’t finalized a five-year, $82.5 million contract because of issues regarding contract language. According to Cafardo, the Red Sox want something in the contract that would protect them in case Lackey goes down with a pre-existing medical issue, presumably related to…

  7. Reports: Phillies, Halladay agree to $60 million deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman is among the sources tweeting that the Phillies and Roy Halladay have agreed to terms on a three-year, $60 million extension with a vesting option for 2014. That’s the amount everyone has been expecting since last night. There’s little doubt that Halladay left money on the table, but the Phillies knew he…

  8. 9 players, 1 clear winner in Halladay-Lee trade

    Dec 15, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    OK, so it’s not officially a four-team deal, but I’ll treat it like one, since it’s that much more fun. First, a recap of who is landing where (ages as of Opening Day, 2010): Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (32, from Blue Jays) RHP Phillippe Aumont (21, from Mariners) $6 million (from Blue Jays) RHP J.C.…

  9. Report: Cardinals offer Holliday eight-year deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:54 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday an eight-year contract worth about $16 million per year. On the off chance that it’s accepted, it’d be the biggest contract in Cardinals history, overtaking the seven-year, $100 million deal that Albert Pujols is two years away from finishing up.…

  10. Mariners set to steal Lee in Halladay deal

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:59 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark’s latest has some new twists in the Roy Halladay deal, and they seem to clearly favor the Mariners. At 6:00 pm, the deal looked like this, according to Stark: Phillies acquire Roy Halladay, Mariners prospect, Mariners prospect Mariners acquire Cliff Lee Blue Jays acquire Phillippe Aumont, Travis d’Arnaud, Phillies prospect (likely OF…

  11. Monday evening signings: Blue Jays, Marlins, A's

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:34 PM EDT

    *’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays and Ramon Castro have come to terms on a one-year deal worth about $1 million. The Blue Jays will get nice pop from their $3 million catching duo of John Buck and Castro. The two combined for 15 homers and 61 RBI in 341 at-bats last season.…

  12. Lackey done, Red Sox work to get Cameron

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:11 PM EDT

    Update: Rosenthal reports that a two-year contract worth $15.5 million is nearly done. ***** According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox, who have already come to terms with John Lackey today, are working on a two-year deal with Mike Cameron. It’d be nice to see the perpetually underrated Cameron finally get a chance to…

  13. Former Ranger Lewis to return to MLB

    Dec 14, 2009, 8:21 PM EDT

    Citing family health problems, Colby Lewis has decided to leave Japan and return to MLB for the 2010 season. Lewis was viewed as one of the game’s best pitching prospects for a time at the beginning of the decade, but he was a complete bust for the Rangers. He had a 6.29 ERA in 34…

  14. Yankees-Red Sox to face off in 2010 opener

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT

    And because the Red Sox haven’t been involved in enough news today. It was announced Monday that the Yankees and Red Sox would open the 2010 season schedule, with a prime time ESPN2 game on Sunday, April 4. The game was originally scheduled to be played Monday, but from the moment the schedule was announced,…

  15. Halladay trade waits on extension, other details

    Dec 14, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who still has some of the best Phillies sources in the business from his days in Philadelphia, appears to have the best handle on the Roy Halladay trade at the moment. According to his sources, the deal isn’t yet done. Besides the need for Halladay to agree to an extension — reportedly…

  16. Astros bring back Michaels, sign Chacin

    Dec 14, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT’s Alyson Footer reports that the Astros have re-signed Jason Michaels to a one-year, $800,000 contract and added left-hander Gustavo Chacin on a minor league deal. After a brutal start, Michaels performed well in extremely limited action for the Astros last season, hitting .311/.400/.557 in 61 at-bats after the break to finished with a 752…

  17. Lackey signing could put BoSox in deal mode

    Dec 14, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the most stunned I’ve been by a Red Sox transaction during the Theo Epstein era. I like to think I’m usually on the same page with the Boston braintrust when it comes to which players to pursue. But I fully expected the Red Sox to come out of this winter with Matt Holliday,…

  18. Nationals re-sign non-tendered Olsen

    Dec 13, 2009, 8:51 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen, who was non-tendered Saturday after making $2.8 million last season, has already agreed to reup with the Nationals, according to’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal is worth a guaranteed $1 million, but the rehabbing left-hander will be able to earn up to $4 million if he starts 33 games. Olsen went 2-4 with…

  19. Top 111 Free Agents: the non-tender edition

    Dec 13, 2009, 6:04 PM EDT

    With the batch of non-tenders helping to repopulate the ranks, it seemed like a good time to present an updated top 111 free agents. Players are listed based on how I think teams view them, rather than any personal feelings. The original list can be found here. 1. Matt Holliday 2. John Lackey 3. Jason…

  20. 39 non-tenders include Atkins, Wang, Capps

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:51 AM EDT

    Here’s the complete list of players non-tendered prior to Saturday’s midnight deadline. Angels: RHP Jose Arredondo*, INF Matt Brown, RHP Dustin Moseley Athletics: OF Jack Cust Blue Jays: C Raul Chavez Indians: RHP Adam Miller*, RHP Anthony Reyes*, RHP Jose Veras Mariners: OF Ryan Langerhans Orioles: RHP Brian Bass Rays: OF Gabe Gross, C Shawn…

  21. Brewers out of money, but do they need to be?

    Dec 11, 2009, 9:46 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Brewers are just about out of cash after signing Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins for their pitching staff at the meetings. They do have an offer out to Craig Counsell, but they could well be done adding significant free agents. Except they clearly don’t need to be. According to’s Adam…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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

    Dec 11, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    Sources told 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…

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