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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Winter meetings preview: NL teams

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:05 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick look at what the National League teams could be trying to do this week in Indianapolis. Arizona – The Diamondbacks should have some money to spend, and they need a starter, a setup man, a first baseman and a closer. They probably won’t do any long-term deals, though, and they may well…

  2. Winter meetings preview: AL teams

    Dec 6, 2009, 6:33 PM EDT

    Just a couple of quick sentences on what each team may be looking to do this week. Baltimore – The Orioles are on the lookout for a couple of corner infielders, a starting pitcher and a closer, but with youngsters on the way, they’re more after veteran stopgaps than building blocks. Felix Pie is on…

  3. Report: Royals to land Cuban defector Arguelles

    Dec 5, 2009, 11:03 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton tweets that the Royals are close to an agreement with Cuban defector Noel Arguelles on a major league contract worth $7 million over five years. We rated Arguelles as the No. 50 free agent in this year’s crop: With fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman getting all of the attention,…

  4. Report: Mariners, Figgins agree to $36 million deal

    Dec 4, 2009, 10:30 PM EDT

    The Associated Press has learned that the Mariners and Chone Figgins have come to terms on a four-year, $36 million contract with a vesting option for 2014. The option is also for $9 million, making the deal potentially worth $45 million.’s Jon Heyman reported that the Mariners began the day at $27 million for…

  5. Friday's minor moves: Rangers, Dodgers, Marlins

    Dec 4, 2009, 8:53 PM EDT

    Rangers claimed infielder Joe Inglett off waivers from the Blue Jays. Inglett, 31, played a key role of the 2008 Jays, but he spent most of last season back in the minors, as the team preferred the right-handed-hitting Jose Bautista in the spot the lefty-swinging Inglett could have occupied. He’s a career .293/.349/.396 hitter in…

  6. Thanks to early signings, infield market clearing up

    Dec 4, 2009, 7:44 PM EDT

    Everything else is moving as slowly as anticipated, but the non-first base portion of the infield market has been extremely active in the early part of the winter, and now that Chone Figgins (apparently), Marco Scutaro and Placido Polanco have all agreed to terms, the picture for Orlando Hudson, Adrian Beltre and others is coming…

  7. Report: A's made top offer to Scutaro

    Dec 4, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the A’s offered Marco Scutaro a better deal than the Red Sox did before the veteran opted to sign with Boston. Scutaro was guaranteed $12.5 million as part a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2012 with the Red Sox. The A’s guaranteed the full three years, but Scutaro…

  8. Yankees develop conscience, will cut payroll

    Dec 4, 2009, 4:56 PM EDT

    From the I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it department comes’s Buster Olney’s latest tweet: Yankees finished org. meetings — they’re cutting payroll. I’m not sure yet by how much, but during season, expectation was to $185 mill. $185 million would be the team’s tiniest Opening Day payroll since 2004. The team did drop payroll slightly last year, going from…

  9. Reports: Red Sox nab Scutaro to take over at shortstop

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:04 PM EDT

    Update – Multiple sources are now confirming the agreement. The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says the two sides have, in fact, come to terms on a two-year deal, likely with a mutual option for a third year. Sources close to Marco Scutaro told Venezuela-based Lider that the free agent has agreed to terms with the…

  10. Report: Mariners, Figgins involved in serious talks

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:02 PM EDT

    Multiple sources told’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Mariners and Chone Figgins were involved in serious talks Thursday. Morosi labels Seattle as the clear favorites to land Figgins, who is believed to be seeking a four-year deal worth in excess of $10 million per season. The Mariners presumably would keep Figgins at third base…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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