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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. Handicapping the Halladay chase

    Nov 21, 2009, 10:46 PM EDT

    With a deal seeming more likely by the hour, let’s run through the candidates to pick up Toronto’s ace: Yankees – Money isn’t much of an issue, and the Yankees certainly have the pieces to get a deal done between Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, elite hitting prospect Jesus Montero and outfielder Austin Jackson. Also, new…

  15. Free Agency Preview: Relievers

    Nov 21, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base Free Agency Preview – Shortstop Free Agency Preview – Outfield Free Agency Preview – Starting pitchers This is the last in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free…

  16. Still acting cheap, Marlins decline to offer Johnson four-year deal

    Nov 20, 2009, 7:14 PM EDT

    The wheels were set in motion for Josh Johnson to join a sterling class of free agent starters in two years when he and the Marlins reached an impasse in contract talks on Friday. Agent Matt Sosnick told ESPN.com that he and Johnson were using the four-year, $38 million contract that Zack Greinke signed a…

  17. BoSox talk Holliday, Beltre with Boras

    Nov 20, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have discussed Matt Holliday, Adrian Beltre, Mike Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel with agent Scott Boras, the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman reports. There are no big surprises in the list. Holliday may well have taken over as Boston’s top priority following Jason Bay’s decision to reject a four-year, $60 million offer. That’s not…

  18. Report: Jays discuss Halladay with Cubs

    Nov 20, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reported Friday that the Blue Jays initiated contact with the Cubs on a potential Roy Halladay deal. Muskat doesn’t believe anything will happen with the Cubs in that regard, but, if true, it’s still awfully interesting that the Jays are calling around to discuss Halladay with other teams. That suggests a deal…

  19. Roster-setting day makes minor moves the theme

    Nov 20, 2009, 5:24 PM EDT

    Friday was the last day for teams to add prospects to the 40-man roster in advance of next month’s Rule 5 draft. That resulted in plenty of minor moves of interest mostly to geeks like me: *The Red Sox claimed reliever Robert Manuel off waivers from the Mariners. Manuel, 26, was the return from the…

  20. Rockies wrong to commit to second baseman Barmes

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT

    From the Denver Post’s Troy Renck comes the news that the Rockies are looking to sign starting second baseman Clint Barmes to a two-year deal with an option for 2012 that would buy out his first year of free agency. On the surface, it might not seem like a bad idea at all. Having received…

  21. Free Agency Preview: Starting pitchers

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:08 AM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base Free Agency Preview – Shortstop Free Agency Preview – Outfield This is part seven in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities.…

  22. Giants, Dodgers, Cubs just say 'no'

    Nov 19, 2009, 7:16 PM EDT

    On the day before teams could officially make offers to another team’s free agents, most of the talk from GMs and owners related to which players they wouldn’t pursue. *As we touched on earlier, the Angels are out on Matt Holliday. *The Giants say it’s doubtful that they’ll be involved in the chase for Holliday…

  23. Report: Brewers pass on Atlanta's Lowe-for-Hart proposal

    Nov 19, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, who suddenly joined twitter a mere two days after I whined about his absence mentions that that the Braves were turned down by the Brewers after offering Derek Lowe for Corey Hart. It wasn’t a tough call for Milwaukee. Hart’s stock is way down from a year ago and he likely could…

  24. D'Backs pick up Heilman from Cubs for minor leaguers

    Nov 19, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT

    Aaron Heilman was traded for a third time in 12 months Wednesday, going from the Cubs to the Diamondbacks for prospects Scott Maine and Ryne White. There’s a good chance the Cubs would have non-tendered Heilman. The former Met did bounce back from an awful 2008, lowering his ERA from 5.21 to 4.11 last season,…

  25. GM Amaro: Phillies have $15 million to spend on third base, pitching help

    Nov 19, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT

    Talking to The News Journal’s Scott Lauber, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. on Wednesday listed third base and bullpen help as his top priorities this winter, adding that he didn’t expect his team’s payroll to exceed $140 million by much if any margin. That doesn’t leave the Phillies with as much flexibility as anticipated. The…

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