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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Pouliot's thoughts: Polanco wasn't the best phit for Phils

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:33 PM EDT

    Phillies sign infielder Placido Polanco to a three-year, $18 million contract with a mutual option for 2013. Polanco has already had a pretty unusual career, but the Phillies are showing way too much faith that he’ll continue to defy the aging curve. Second baseman have a nasty habit of falling off a cliff in their…

  2. Probable No. 1 pick Harper now clear for 2010 draft

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:50 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper, who has long been viewed as the top talent in the 2010 draft, received his GED results on Wednesday and passed with “flying colors,” his junior college coach told Baseball America. Harper left high school early in an effort to clear the way for him to sign a professional contract next year. He’ll…

  3. A's get infielders Fox, Miles from Cubs

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT

    ESPN Chicago is reporting that the A’s have acquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles from the Cubs for reliever Jeff Gray and two prospects. It’s hard to imagine that the A’s actually wanted Miles. Instead, taking all or a portion of his $2.7 million salary was part of the price to get Fox, who is…

  4. Bay a surprising target for Mariners

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik has emphasized defense time and time again since taking the helm in Seattle. He acquired Franklin Gutierrez to play center, picked up and then re-signed Jack Wilson for shortstop and he traded for Endy Chavez, Jack Hannahan and Ryan Langerhans to occupy lesser roles. All are players who have been rated very favorably…

  5. Report: BoSox work out free agent Scutaro

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT

    Sources told on Thursday that free agent Marco Scutaro worked out for the Red Sox in Florida this week. It was reported earlier in the day that the Red Sox had requested Scutaro’s medical records. The concern is regarding the heel injury that ended Scutaro’s 2009 season. According to the ESPN report, the workout…

  6. Reliever Saito gets $3.2 million from Braves

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito’s deal with the Braves is worth $3.2 million and includes $2.3 million in incentives, most of them based on games finished, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. That sounds about right to me. Saito’s stuff has shown signs of decline as a result of his elbow problems, but he still managed a 2.43 ERA…

  7. Sorry, Reds fans: Thom Brennaman takes over broadcast booth

    Dec 3, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    It seems like a big step down from that high horse he’s usually on, but Thom Brennaman will step into the Reds television booth on a full-time basis next season, replacing the retired George Grande. Brennaman started out his career in Cincinnati and returned to work for the team in 2007. He had been doing…

  8. Phillies, Astros and Red Sox pursue Polanco

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:20 PM EDT reporters are connecting Placido Polanco to the Phillies, Red Sox and Astros one day after the Tigers declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration, allowing teams to sign him without surrendering a draft pick. Todd Zolecki claims the Phils have been “very aggressive in their pursuit” of Polanco as their top choice…

  9. Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:26 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday. McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is…

  10. Oliver not invaluable to Angels after all

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:08 PM EDT

    Sure, Darren Oliver was eligible for free agency again this winter, but the Angels could have essentially held him hostage for the second year in a row by offering him arbitration. It’s the tactic they used last year, knowing that Oliver, as a Type A free agent, wouldn’t have a market once teams had to…

  11. Report: Mariners have strong interest in Harden

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:21 PM EDT

    A day after reporting that the Red Sox were seriously eyeing him, is saying that the Mariners are showing strong interest in free agent Rich Harden. As an extreme flyball pitch, Harden would fit nicely in Safeco Field. Mariners hitters will likely strongly favor his signing, considering that he’s 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA…

  12. Report: Braves sign Wagner to take over closer's role

    Dec 2, 2009, 1:37 AM EDT

    A source told’s Ken Rosenthal that the Braves and Billy Wagner have come to terms on a one-year, $7 million contract with a vesting option for 2011. The Braves were expected to be in on Wagner, but it’s a curiously timed move, given that the team just offered arbitration to both Rafael Soriano and…

  13. 10 Type A free agents receive arbitration offers

    Dec 2, 2009, 12:30 AM EDT

    With the deadline here, we now have official word on the free agents offered arbitration by their teams. Type A free agents: Jason Bay, Red Sox – Yes Rafael Betancourt, Rockies – Yes Orlando Cabrera, Twins – No (Contract rules out an arbitration offer) Johnny Damon, Yankees – No Octavio Dotel, White Sox – No…

  14. Report: Red Sox to target free agent Harden

    Dec 1, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT

    A major league source told that the Red Sox are serious about pursuing free agent Rich Harden. Given the Red Sox tendency to favor upside over stability when it comes to short-term deals for pitchers, Harden always figured to be at or near the top of their list of potential pitching upgrades. Ben Sheets…

  15. Damon, Matsui, Pettitte fail to get arbitration offers from Yankees

    Dec 1, 2009, 5:20 PM EDT

    The Yankees declined to offer arbitration to any of their free agents, a group that included Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Xavier Nady. Damon and Pettitte were the candidates to get offers. Damon, a Type A free agent, could have brought in two draft picks had he left. However, he also had a case for…

  16. Dodgers decline to offer arbitration to Wolf, Hudson

    Dec 1, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    Either they’re having big money problems or they’re being run by idiots. The Dodgers on Tuesday announced that neither Randy Wolf nor Orlando Hudson would receive an arbitration offer. The same went for Type B free agents Vicente Padilla, Jon Garland, Ronnie Belliard, Guillermo Mota and Will Ohman, though there were no big surprises there.…

  17. Henrich, oldest living Yankee, passes away at 96

    Dec 1, 2009, 3:49 PM EDT

    Tommy Henrich, who spent his entire career in pinstripes and was the oldest living Yankee, passed away Tuesday at 96. Henrich played with the Yankees from 1937 through 1950, excepting a three-year absence due to World War II. He went to five All-Star Games, played on four World Series champs and finished his career with…

  18. Dodgers announce Scully's return

    Dec 1, 2009, 3:48 PM EDT

    Be sure to enjoy him while you can, folks. Vin Scully already stated he was coming back for at least one more year, but the Dodgers made it official on Tuesday, confirming his return for a 61st season in the broadcast booth in 2010. Scully turned 82 on Sunday. He said last month that 2010…

  19. Rays get Shoppach from Indians for PTBN

    Dec 1, 2009, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach won’t be non-tendered after all, as the Rays have picked up the strikeout-prone 29-year-old in return for a player to be named. The Indians were ready to move on from Shoppach because of his likely $2.5 million salary in 2010 and their surplus of catching, which includes Lou Marson, Wyatt Toregas,…

  20. Early arbitration offer roundup: Bay, Hudson, etc.

    Dec 1, 2009, 2:42 PM EDT

    We’ll have a full rundown once the official results come in, but here’s a look at what free agents are getting arbitration offers from their teams. Remember that Type A free agents who are offered arbitration will cost a draft pick if signed. Type B free agents require no compensation, but the team losing them…

  21. Report: Mauer will set deadline for extension talks

    Dec 1, 2009, 12:37 AM EDT

    A source told Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that Joe Mauer will set an Opening Day deadline for extension talks with the Twins. If a multiyear deal cannot be completed by the end of spring training and the report holds true, Mauer would become a free agent after next season. Twins GM Bill Smith hasn’t seemed…

  22. Report: Orioles discuss Millwood with Rangers

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Sources told that the Orioles have approached the Rangers about Kevin Millwood, who is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $12 million in 2010. Such news figures to be met with a collective groan from Orioles fans, but spending $12 million on Millwood probably wouldn’t do anything to impact…

  23. Monday's minor matters: Mets, Cardinals adding bench candidates

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:18 PM EDT

    –’s Ken Rosenthal says the Mets and catcher Henry Blanco are close to agreeing to terms. Blanco, 38, hit .235/.320/.382 in 204 at-bats while playing behind Nick Hundley in San Diego last season. He’s a career .228/.292/.366 hitter, but he’s always been very well regarded as a defender. It’s something of a surprise to…

  24. MLB average salary increases… barely

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:48 PM EDT

    Although the flailing economy had a big impact on the non-elite free agents last winter, the average major league salary did increase a bit this year to $2.996 million, according to numbers from The Associated Press. That’s up 2.4 percent from a $2.93 million figure in 2008. The increase was the tiniest since a 2.5…

  25. Report: Cuban umpire Diaz defects to U.S.

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    El Nuevo Herald is reporting that Nelson Diaz, an umpire for 26 years in Cuba, has defected to the U.S. and arrived in Miami on Sunday. Diaz was behind the plate when Cuba sent a team to Baltimore for an exhibition against the Orioles in 1999. He also worked in the 2006 World Baseball Classic…

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