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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Proposed Crawford-Quentin deal all but dead

    Dec 8, 2009, 9:31 PM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox and Rays have discussed a deal that would have sent Carlos Quentin to Tampa Bay for Carl Crawford, but that those talks have “flat-lined.” Says White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on the possibility: ”To make that trade there is a lot of money involved.…

  2. Report: Tigers wanted Ellsbury, Buchholz for Granderson

    Dec 8, 2009, 8:44 PM EDT

    The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says the Red Sox did discuss Curtis Granderson with the Tigers before the still unfinalized trade with the Yankees took place, but that Detroit requested both Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz in return. If that seems like a substantially higher price than the Yankees paid, well, that’s mostly because it…

  3. All quiet on the Holliday front

    Dec 8, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT

    While Jason Bay and many of the second-tier free agents are getting serious play, things have been pretty quiet on the subject of this winter’s No. 1 free agent, Matt Holliday, during the first two days of the winter meetings. The Cardinals haven’t given up on re-signing Holliday yet, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported…

  4. Winter meetings notes from day two: Giants, Brewers, Astros

    Dec 8, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    – Giants GM Brian Sabean said there’s no way Bengie Molina would be returning to the team. “That ship has sailed,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. The Giants don’t want to turn over the job to Buster Posey, so Molina would still make sense if he can’t get a multiyear deal elsewhere. However,…

  5. Bogus rumor dept.: Rangers made huge offer for Johnson

    Dec 8, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    ESPN Dallas is reporting that rumor that’s also made its way around twitter a bit, even though it has no concrete sources behind it. So, we’ll run with it here, even though we have serious doubts. According to a baseball official, the Rangers offered right-hander Neftali Feliz and first baseman Justin Smoak to the Marlins…

  6. Philies out, Orioles in on Chapman

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Report: Orioles offer up young arms for Millwood

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:31 PM EDT’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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

    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 –…

  9. Report: Mariners could target Cameron over Bay

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT’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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT’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…

  11. White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    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…

  12. Blue Jays in running to acquire Doumit from Pirates

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Report: Giants, Padres talk Kouzmanoff

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:10 AM EDT

    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…

  16. Barry Bonds' son arrested after assaulting mother

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:59 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:23 AM EDT

    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…

  18. Winter meetings notes: Day 1

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:06 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:03 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Little movement on Bradley deal during day one

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:18 PM EDT

    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…

  24. Pirates want more offense, yet shop Doumit

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:03 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:54 PM EDT

    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…

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