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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Report: Cuban umpire Diaz defects to U.S.

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    El Nuevo Herald is reporting that Nelson Diaz, an umpire for 26 years in Cuba, has defected to the U.S. and arrived in Miami on Sunday. Diaz was behind the plate when Cuba sent a team to Baltimore for an exhibition against the Orioles in 1999. He also worked in the 2006 World Baseball Classic…

  2. Heyman: Mariners turn down Tigers' Jackson proposal

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Tigers offered Edwin Jackson to the Mariners for right-handers Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, yet were turned down. It might well be the end of trade talks between the two teams, since it’s hard to imagine Detroit taking much less for their 26-year-old right-hander. Jackson faded in a big…

  3. Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

    In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract. Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where…

  4. Marlins GM: Johnson won't be traded this winter

    Nov 30, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    Marlins GM Michael Hill told 790 The Ticket’s Hot Stove Show that there was no chance Josh Johnson would be traded this winter. “Yes, I can say with certainty, yes,” Hill said when asked if Johnson would remain with the team into next season. Johnson trade speculation started nine days ago, when he and the…

  5. Nov. 28, 2007: Rays get Garza, Bartlett from Twins for Young

    Nov 28, 2009, 8:22 PM EDT

    The reaction was largely positive at the time. Positive from Twins fans, that is. The Rays didn’t even have fans yet. On this day two years ago, the Twins acquired Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie from the Rays for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan. It was the first big move for…

  6. Halladay ready and willing to don pinstripes

    Nov 27, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT

    A major league executive told the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott that he knows Roy Halladay has informed the Jays he’d approve a trade to the Yankees. The executive didn’t have any additional info to share. It’s widely been assumed that Halladay would happily waive his no-trade clause to pitch in New York or Boston. He’d…

  7. Gone and mostly forgotten: Beck, McLemore passed over on HOF ballot

    Nov 27, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    OK, so I’m probably pretty unique in this regard, but one of my favorite things to do upon the annual release of the Hall of Fame ballot is to check who didn’t make the cut. Fortunately, this has become a lot easier with Baseball-Reference’s final year pages New qualifiers for this year’s ballot last played…

  8. Quality shortstop play won't make Encarnacion tolerable

    Nov 27, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Not to pick on MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, who is hardly the only one saying it, but included in his writeup of the Jays’ Alex Gonzalez signing is the following note: “Strong “D” at the position will be important in helping make up for having Edwin Encarnacion in place as the starting third baseman.” In fact,…

  9. Alomar, Larkin highlight new Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 27, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff highlight the list of 15 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot released on Friday. Also on the ballot for the first, and likely last, time are Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin…

  10. Jays offense to suffer in wake of Gonzalez signing

    Nov 26, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays are being aggressive early in their bid to hold on to fourth place in the AL East. One day after re-signing backup John McDonald for $3 milion over two years, GM Alex Anthopoulos nabbed Alex Gonzalez to start at shortstop, guaranteeing him $2.75 million. It’s a very, very good start for my…

  11. Blue Jays overcommit to light-hitting McDonald

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos is a historically young general manager at 32, but his first significant move as the Jays’ decision-maker was certainly rooted in traditional, old-school thinking. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays agreed to terms with veteran infielder John McDonald on a two-year, $3 million deal. It was known that the move was coming, but indications…

  12. Moyer hospitalized for second time since surgery

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:29 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Jamie Moyer has been hospitalized because of recurring symptoms from September groin surgery, but lacked any information about his condition. Moyer was originally hospitalized in October because of a blood infection. The 46-year-old left-hander underwent surgery to repair three torn tendons in groin area at the end of September.

  13. Pouliot's thoughts on Wednesday's moves: Andruw, Liz, Hulett

    Nov 25, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    *White Sox sign outfielder Andruw Jones, who had been with the Rangers, on a one-year, $500,000 contract. Surprisingly, the deal includes just $1 million in incentives. Jones must have looked at what happened to guys like Jim Edmonds, Geoff Jenkins and Shannon Stewart last season and decided that taking an extremely modest deal was better…

  14. Add Duchscherer to the list of potential BoSox

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    Other teams are interested in players too, we assume, but all indications are that it’s a lot more fun to report what the Red Sox and Yankees are doing. FOXSports.com stated Wednesday that the Red Sox are displaying interest in free agent Justin Duchscherer, who missed the first three-quarters of last season while recovering from…

  15. Red Sox should forgo Halladay for Holliday

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT

    After all, it’s only money. The addition of Roy Halladay to Boston’s already fine rotation would certainly provide a boost. Halladay is clearly one of the top five pitchers in baseball, and he’s about as much of a Yankee killer as anyone in the league, having gone 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA and seven complete…

  16. Angels baseball now 64 percent less annoying

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Sure, they still have the Rally Monkey and Thunderstix, but the Angels got rid of their TV duo of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler on Tuesday, turning chores over to play-by-play man Rory Markas and color commentator Mark Gubicza. I’m not going to pretend to know much about Markas, who had been paired with Gubicza…

  17. Albatross Guillen doesn't expect to be back with Royals

    Nov 24, 2009, 9:12 PM EDT

    Upon hearing a hint of a rumor that he could be dealt to the Mets, Jose Guillen told Dominican paper Diairo Libre that he was open to waiving his partial no-trade clause to play for the club and that he doesn’t expect to be back with the Royals next year. According to the

  18. Stat of the day: AFL fastball velocities

    Nov 24, 2009, 5:51 PM EDT

    Very cool stuff from Baseball America, which has gathered Pitch F/X data from the recently completed AFL season. Here were the league’s 10 hardest throwers, as ranked by their average fastball velocity (for a complete listing, check out their blog. 1. Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) – 96.8 2. Sergio Santos (White Sox) – 96.0 3. Tanner…

  19. Phillies decline to upgrade, sign Castro for bench

    Nov 24, 2009, 5:03 PM EDT

    Because the market for shortstops long past their primes was suddenly short an Omar Vizquel, the Phillies simply didn’t dare wait any longer. On just the fifth day of free agency, they agreed to terms with 37-year-old Juan Castro. Sadly enough, Castro is coming off one of his better offensive seasons, as he hit .277/.311/.339…

  20. If Mariners are done with Lopez, suitors should be plentiful

    Nov 24, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT

    It’s been suspected by some, but never phrased so strongly. Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker — our most trusted Mariners news source — wrote Tuesday that he “seriously doubts” second baseman Jose Lopez will still be a Mariner by the start of spring training. No legitimate Lopez rumors have sprung up yet, with the little…

  21. Braves, Royals at it again: sign same player

    Nov 24, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT

    Last year at around this time, the Braves and Royals engaged in a waiver war over right-hander Jairo Cuevas. The Royals, guided by former Atlanta assistant GM Dayton Moore, claimed him from the Braves on Oct. 24, the Braves reclaimed him on Nov. 27 and the Royals reclaimed him on Dec. 10. The Royals ended…

  22. Dodgers uninterested in trading Billingsley for Halladay?

    Nov 23, 2009, 6:31 PM EDT

    While Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was unwilling to mention anyone by name, he did attempt to defuse some of the Roy Halladay rumors in a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez on Monday: “We would like to improve our pitching, especially starting pitching. I don’t believe we can subtract from it in order to…

  23. Capuano to give it another try with Milwaukee

    Nov 23, 2009, 5:46 PM EDT

    Former 18-game winner Chris Capuano will attempt another comeback with the Brewers after agreeing to a minor league deal on Monday. Capuano, who went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 2005 and was an All-Star in 2006, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007. He underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder after that season and…

  24. Facing uncertain future, Dye open to move to first base

    Nov 23, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT

    We still have so much to learn about defense, but one thing just about everybody can agree on now is that free agent Jermaine Dye isn’t any good in right field at this stage of his career. Given the nature of the concepts used to measure defense and the smaller sample sizes being dealt with,…

  25. Future Hall of Famer Vizquel joins White Sox

    Nov 23, 2009, 3:40 PM EDT

    Satisfied with his role but not with the idea of spending another year in Texas, Omar Vizquel became the first major league free agent to sign with a different team Monday, joining the White Sox on a one-year, $1.375 million contract. In Chicago, Vizquel will be counted on to play behind youngsters Alexei Ramirez and…

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