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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Notes on the catching market: Torrealba, Molina, Kendall

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 PM EDT

    *’s Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Rockies and Yorvit Torrealba are about $1 million apart on a two-year deal, with the Rockies offering $5 million. Ringolsby also has the Rockies looking at Miguel Olivo, Josh Bard and Jason Kendall as fall-back options. The Nationals’ decision to give Ivan Rodriguez $6 million for two years makes…

  2. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discuss Lowell deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    According to the Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald, the Red Sox and Rangers are discussing a Mike Lowell deal, with Max Ramirez potentially being involved. The Rangers have been looking for a right-handed bat to pair with Nelson Cruz behind Josh Hamilton in the lineup, with Jermaine Dye’s name being mentioned frequently. Lowell, though, may well…

  3. Orioles bring in Millwood to head young rotation

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:35 PM EDT

    It was a prerequisite to the Rangers’ signing of Rich Harden; Kevin Milllwood’s $12 million salary simply had to be stricken from the books. To make it happen, the Rangers ate $3 million and sent the veteran to the Orioles for former closer Chris Ray and a player to be named. Millwood is coming off…

  4. Harden picks odd spot to rebuild his value

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:09 PM EDT

    As our own Craig Calcaterra reported earlier, Rich Harden is joining the Rangers on a one-year, $7.5 million deal with an $11.5 million option for 2010. The price seems about right, but the destination is still rather surprising. It’s hard to imagine that there weren’t going to be teams willing to present similar, if not…

  5. Source: Harden to join Rangers on one-year, $7.5 million deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

    Update 2: Craig has confirmed that the deal is with the Rangers. One year, $7.5 million with the option for 2011. ***** Update: Craig’s source is hearing one-year, $7.5 million with an $11.5 million option for 2011. Possibly with the Mariners. ***** Sources are telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Rich Harden is on…

  6. Bay not a top priority for Angels or Mariners

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    The speculation Tuesday was that the Mariners were cooling on free agent Jason Bay, but that the Angels were becoming more and more interested. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case. Said manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday: “I have not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions that we’ve had as…

  7. Three weeks out of prison, Elijah Dukes' father dies of cancer

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT

    It’s a pretty horrible story, one we might be hearing about more in future weeks. According to the Washington Post, Elijah “David” Dukes Sr. died Nov. 23, just three weeks after being released following a 14-year sentence for murder. The 43-year-old fell ill after his release and was quickly diagnosed with cancer, which went undetected…

  8. Indians hit hard by injury bug as Santana, Miller require surgery

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:38 PM EDT

    The Indians already have Matt LaPorta as a question mark for Opening Day after he required hip surgery in October. Now two more of their top youngsters have required procedures that leave their statuses for 2010 in question. Carlos Santana, one of the game’s very best prospects, suffered a broken hamate bone in his right…

  9. Red Sox create Ramon Ramirez monopoly with waiver claim

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    The Red Sox claimed the other Ramon Ramirez off release waivers from the Rays on Wednesday, giving them two right-handers pitchers with the same name. The newcomer, Ramon A. Ramirez, was claimed off waivers by the Rays last month, only to be released four weeks later. The 27-year-old was previously ditched by the Reds, even…

  10. Tigers look to move Guillen, acquire Pierre

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:06 PM EDT

    The Tigers would “love” to come up with a three-team trade that would result in them surrendering Carlos Guillen and landing Juan Pierre, says’s Jon Paul Morosi. Now, we’re still rather skeptical about Morosi as a national guy, but he did work for the Detroit Free Press before joining FOX. He should know about…

  11. Report: Phillies sign Gload to complete bench

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:13 AM EDT

    Sources told’s Todd Zolecki that the Phillies and free agent Ross Gload have come to terms on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Gload was believed to have similar offers on the table from the Marlins and Braves. Gload hit .261/.329/.400 with 30 RBI in 230 at-bats for Florida last season. He was terribly miscast…

  12. Report: Rangers target Marlins' Cantu

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:01 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi says that the Rangers are showing strong interest in the Marlins’ Jorge Cantu and could offer a starting pitcher for the first baseman. Cantu seems like a curious target, given that he’d cost a player or two in return and several free agent first basemen/designated hitters could offer similar production. However,…

  13. Yankees talk to agents for Pettitte, Matsui

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:20 PM EDT

    In additional to picking up Curtis Granderson, Yankees GM Brian Cashman worked on bringing back a couple of his own free agents today in meetings with the agents for Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui. According to the New York Times, Cashman met with Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, twice. Reports Monday indicated that the Yankees were…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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 –…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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