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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Philies out, Orioles in on Chapman

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EST

    The Orioles reportedly met with the agents for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday. According to the Baltimore Sun, Chapman has been “positively inclined” toward the Orioles since the club played the Cuban national team in 1999. The Phillies, on the other hand, appear to be out of the mix for Chapman. GM Ruben Amaro…

  2. Report: Orioles offer up young arms for Millwood

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:31 PM EST’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Orioles offered Brandon Erbe and David Hernandez to the Rangers for Kevin Millwood, but that talks have now “cooled off.” Judging by the fact that the Orioles were prepared to surrender two intriguing right-handers, they must have been expecting Texas to pick up a significant portion of the $12…

  3. Report: Bradley about to be traded to mystery team

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:14 PM EST

    The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Cubs and an undisclosed AL team are close to agreeing to a Milton Bradley deal, one that could be finished up tonight. The report labels it as a surprise team, which should rule out the most popular suitors: Tampa Bay and Texas. Who does that leave? Toronto -…

  4. Report: Mariners could target Cameron over Bay

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:02 PM EST’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners may prefer Mike Cameron to Jason Bay as they seek to fill their void in left field. Sources told Rosenthal that the Mariners’ interest in Bay has been “overstated,” and that the team is concerned about how his glove would play in Safeco’s big left field. GM Jack…

  5. Report: BoSox unwilling to part with Buchholz for Halladay

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:35 PM EST’s Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing the Red Sox won’t surrender either Clay Buchholz or Casey Kelly in a deal for Roy Halladay. So what is the market for Halladay now? The Dodgers and Phillies don’t seem to have the cash, and no one thinks think Monday’s rumor sending him to the Rays had…

  6. White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:51 PM EST

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the White Sox have “emerged as serious contenders” to sign free agent Hideki Matsui. Even though Matsui posted an 876 OPS last season, won World Series MVP honors and brings in millions of dollars in revenue just by being himself, the Yankees have seemingly made…

  7. Blue Jays in running to acquire Doumit from Pirates

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:31 PM EST

    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…

  8. Report: Giants, Padres talk Kouzmanoff

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:10 AM EST

    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…

  11. Barry Bonds' son arrested after assaulting mother

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:23 AM EST

    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…

  13. Winter meetings notes: Day 1

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:06 PM EST

    So, it was the Bombers. 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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:03 PM EST

    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…

  17. Little movement on Bradley deal during day one

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:18 PM EST

    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…

  19. Pirates want more offense, yet shop Doumit

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:03 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:54 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:40 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:28 PM EST

    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 yesterday: “It’s a tough subject. I feel like I’m a second baseman. I feel…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 6:25 PM EST

    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…

  25. Phillies weigh trading Blanton for bullpen help

    Dec 7, 2009, 5:52 PM EST

    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…

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