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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Finally given a chance to vote, statheads choose to rock the boat

    Nov 19, 2009, 4:29 PM EDT

    As indecisive as the voters were on who was the NL’s best pitcher in 2009, there was an incredible consensus on the top three, with Tim Lincecum, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright claiming 94 of the 96 available ballot spots. Not surprisingly, the two voters who were against the grain weren’t from the usual pool…

  2. Angels owner shuts door on Holliday, weighs Bay

    Nov 19, 2009, 4:01 PM EDT

    Angels owner Arte Moreno gave the Los Angeles Times a bunch of quotes that illustrate where his team stands entering free agency. *Reaffirming GM Tony Reagins’ quotes from a couple of days ago, Moreno said there will be no pursuit of free agent Matt Holliday: “He is not going to be an Angel. We are…

  3. Darvish, former big leaguer Ramirez win MVP honors in Japan

    Nov 18, 2009, 6:13 PM EDT

    23-year-old Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish and Venezuelan outfielder Alex Ramirez took home the Japanese league MVP awards on Wednesday. Darvish, who probably qualifies as one of the world’s top 10 pitchers, earned the Pacific League honor despite making just 23 starts this season. He went 15-5 with a 1.73 ERA and a 167/45…

  4. Burnt last winter, A's threaten to sit out free agency

    Nov 18, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Let down by Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra last winter, the A’s plan to sit out free agency this time, GM Billy Beane told MLB.com on Wednesday. Instead, he wants to go the trade route. “We’re going to look at young players to fill spots, first and foremost,” Beane said. “If those players…

  5. Free Agency Preview: Outfielders

    Nov 17, 2009, 9:35 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 This is part six in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for…

  6. Tigers writer goes it alone, gives Verlander his Cy Young vote

    Nov 17, 2009, 5:32 PM EDT

    Steve Kornacki of Booth Newspapers was the lone writer to give Justin Verlander a first-place vote in the AL Cy Young balloting announced Tuesday. The decision didn’t cost Zack Greinke a unanimous selection — Felix Hernandez claimed two first-place votes — but it did move Verlander past CC Sabathia into third place in the voting.…

  7. Mets, Mariners among Smoltz's early suitors

    Nov 17, 2009, 4:53 PM EDT

    A source told FOXSports.com that the Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets, Mariners, Astros, Rangers and Orioles have expressed early interest in free agent John Smoltz. That there are three AL clubs in the group of seven teams is a bit of a surprise. It figured that the interest in Smoltz would be mostly concentrated among NL teams,…

  8. Yankees still have Mitre in plans after declining option

    Nov 17, 2009, 4:31 PM EDT

    Sure, $1.25 million is barely a drop in the bucket for the Bombers, but why spend it if you don’t have to? The Yankees on Tuesday declined Sergio Mitre’s $1.25 million option for 2010, but did so while retaining the 28-year-old’s rights for 2009. That’s because Mitre is short of the six years of service…

  9. Sifting through the rumors: Rosenthal's latest – Jackson & Wagner

    Nov 16, 2009, 9:54 PM EDT

    Annoyingly, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have been doing a blog that’s not a blog for FOXSports. Rosenthal is the best in the biz at putting legitimate rumors out there, but FOX has made it more and more difficult to access his latest tidbits, with too much content that doesn’t carry over to RSS…

  10. Free Agency Preview: Shortstops

    Nov 16, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base This is part five in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but…

  11. Reds swing a nice deal on veteran Hernandez

    Nov 16, 2009, 4:48 PM EDT

    With all of the rumors swirling about budgetary problems potentially forcing a Brandon Phillips deal, some will be surprised that the Reds didn’t simply let Ramon Hernandez leave as a free agent. After all, Ryan Hanigan is younger, makes the minimum and was a more effective player than Hernandez last season. The Reds could have…

  12. It's past time for MLB to do away with transfer fees

    Nov 16, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    In case you missed it — and most everyone did — the Twins recently engaged in a modestly shady transaction, adding Juan Morillo to their 40-man roster in advance of him becoming a minor league free agent. It wasn’t an unusual move in itself, but the Twins didn’t do it with an eye towards having…

  13. Free Agency Preview: Third basemen

    Nov 15, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base This is part four in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too…

  14. Free Agency Preview: Second base

    Nov 14, 2009, 7:27 PM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH This is part three in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too awfully seriously. Here are the second…

  15. Giants prospect Villalona loses U.S. visa

    Nov 13, 2009, 7:08 PM EDT

    The Giants confirmed Friday that top prospect Angel Villalona has lost his U.S. visa after being charged with killing a man in the Dominican Republic. The 19-year-old Villalona was recently released from jail after reportedly agreeing to pay the family of the man he allegedly killed a total of $140,000. Villalona was given a $2.1…

  16. Stubborn Uggla doesn't want to budge

    Nov 13, 2009, 6:20 PM EDT

    While it seems as though most of his suitors view him as a third baseman or outfielder, Dan Uggla isn’t interested in moving off second base, his agent told Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown. “Danny Uggla’s been a full-time second baseman for the last four years,” agent Jeff Borris said. “He’s performed exceptionally well at that…

  17. Former prospect Figueroa passes away from lupus

    Nov 13, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jonathan Figueroa, a longtime minor leaguer who pitched in the Dodgers system, passed away from lupus at age 26. The native of Venezuela was initially billed as a top prospect after a spectacular pro debut in 2002. He went 7-3 with a 1.42 ERA and a 105/39 K/BB ratio in 75 innings between the Rookie…

  18. Mariners sign shortstop Wilson for $10 million

    Nov 13, 2009, 4:59 PM EDT

    The marriage didn’t start off as anyone wanted, but the Mariners announced on Friday that they’ve re-signed free agent Jack Wilson to a two-year deal through 2011. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic says the contract is worth $10 million. Wilson was a bust in his first two months with the team after coming over from…

  19. Free Agency Preview: First base & DH

    Nov 13, 2009, 1:37 AM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catchers This is part two in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too awfully seriously. Here are the first basemen and designated hitters. Adam LaRoche (Braves) –…

  20. Wetteland hospitalized for mental health issue

    Nov 12, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT

    Mariners bullpen coach John Wetteland was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center in Texas and hospitalized for a mental health issue on Thursday afternoon after police were called to his house. A call concerning a possible suicidal person brought officers to Wetteland’s home just after noon Thursday. As the CBS 11 report states: “When officers…

  21. Sifting through the rumors: Braves – Lowe, Uggla and Soriano

    Nov 12, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT

    *With Tim Hudson re-signed to a bargain three-year deal, the Braves are likely to step up efforts to move Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami, according to the AJC’s David O’Brien. It’s a given. Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson are all locks for the rotation next year, meaning that one of the expensive…

  22. Spared one tough decision on Owings, Reds still have another

    Nov 12, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT

    As mentioned last night, Micah Owings lost the tiebreaker that would have gained him super-two eligibility and increased his 2010 salary from $500,000 to likely around $1 million or so. Had Owings been made arbitration eligible, it’s possible that the Reds would have non-tendered him. The 27-year-old went 7-12 with a 5.34 ERA last season…

  23. Free Agency Preview: Catchers

    Nov 12, 2009, 3:00 AM EDT

    This is part one in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too awfully seriously. The catchers are up first. Bengie Molina (Giants) – While his stock appears to be down a…

  24. Orioles catch break: Jones loses super-two tiebreaker

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:04 PM EDT

    MLB announced Wednesday that the Cubs’ Mike Fontenot had won a tiebreaker against Adam Jones and the Reds’ Micah Owings to become the last super-two arbitration-eligible player. All three players had two years and 139 days of service time. Initial reports had the cutoff at 141 days, but that proved to be false. As we…

  25. Nationals stick with Riggleman as manager

    Nov 11, 2009, 7:56 PM EDT

    It looks likes Bobby Valentine will be spending 2010 doing studio work at ESPN, as the Nationals confirmed Wednesday that they’re sticking with Jim Riggleman as the manager for 2010. Riggleman took over the team on an interim basis midway through last season, and the club improved from 26-61 under Manny Acta to 33-42 the…

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