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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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) –…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Varitek makes it official; rejoins Red Sox

    Nov 11, 2009, 5:22 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek will be back with the Red Sox for a 14th season in 2010 after exercising his $3 million player option on Wednesday. Varitek knew he wouldn’t do any better financially as a free agent, but he might have been able to find more playing time elsewhere. The Red Sox have already started that…

  17. Sifting through the rumors: Blue Jays – Halladay, Overbay and Bradley

    Nov 11, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    *The Yankees are expected to inquire about Roy Halladay, and new Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said trading within the AL East will “never be a stumbling block” for him. The Red Sox figure to get back into the chase for Halladay is that’s the case. The Phillies still have the young talent to pull…

  18. NL Gold Glove voters fail to embarrass selves

    Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    Time to pat yourselves on the back, NL managers and coaches: you weren’t nearly as dim as your AL counterparts in your Gold Glove selections: C Yadier Molina 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Orlando Hudson 3B Ryan Zimmerman SS Jimmy Rollins OF Michael Bourn OF Matt Kemp OF Shane Victorino P Adam Wainwright I think pretty…

  19. Prosecutor: Angel Villalona bought way out of jail

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona is out of jail yet still facing murder charges in the Dominican Republic after paying the family of the man he allegedly killed $55,000 of an approx. $140,000 settlement, prosecutor Jose Antonio Polanco told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Polanco said Villalona, one of the Giants’ top prospects, is expected to pay another…

  20. Just call him Chone Phiggins

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Phillies are “seriously considering” free agent Chone Figgins. The 31-year-old speedster doesn’t figure to lack for options in free agency, particularly because he can play third base, center field and perhaps second. Figgins to the White Sox has been a popular rumor through the years, but GM Ken Williams…

  21. Looking back: Top 111 Free Agents

    Nov 10, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    It’s that time of year again, so in case you missed it, here’s the rundown of the top 111 free agents I did back in late September. Some, like Manny Ramirez, Tim Hudson, Bobby Abreu and Brandon Webb are now off the table. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 Nos. 35-21 Nos. 20-11…

  22. AL Gold Gloves look more like Silver Sluggers

    Nov 10, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    The Gold Gloves aren’t worthy of any real analysis and never have been, but we won’t completely ignore them, even if it’s likely the best way to treat them. The AL choices were announced Tuesday, and the managers and coaches voting for them clearly went for offense over defense: C Joe Mauer 1B Mark Teixeira…

  23. Report: Bradley talks involve Blue Jays, Mets, Rays

    Nov 9, 2009, 7:33 PM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said Monday that the Cubs and Mets have discussed a deal that would send Milton Bradley to New York for Luis Castillo and then onto Toronto for Lyle Overbay. Rosenthal believes such a deal is a long shot, since the Jays don’t appear to be interested in a one-for-one trade. Perhaps that…

  24. Wakefield to keep knuckling along in Boston

    Nov 9, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    Torn up Monday was baseball’s one truly unique contract. And, arguably, one of the most foolish. In April 2005, a then 38-year-old Tim Wakefield made a deal with the Red Sox that gave the team a one-year, $4 million extension for 2006 and $4 million in perpetuity after that. The Red Sox had exercised those…

  25. Pouliot's thoughts on the Teahen trade, Abreu and more

    Nov 5, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT

    White Sox acquire 3B-OF Mark Teahen from the Royals for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields Neither player the White Sox surrendered for Teahen is likely to come back and bite them in a big way. I just wrote this about Getz in the AL Rookie Review on Monday: Getz always showed a knack…

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