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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Heyman: Mariners turn down Tigers' Jackson proposal

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Tigers offered Edwin Jackson to the Mariners for right-handers Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, yet were turned down. It might well be the end of trade talks between the two teams, since it’s hard to imagine Detroit taking much less for their 26-year-old right-hander. Jackson faded in a big…

  15. Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

    In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract. Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where…

  16. Marlins GM: Johnson won't be traded this winter

    Nov 30, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    Marlins GM Michael Hill told 790 The Ticket’s Hot Stove Show that there was no chance Josh Johnson would be traded this winter. “Yes, I can say with certainty, yes,” Hill said when asked if Johnson would remain with the team into next season. Johnson trade speculation started nine days ago, when he and the…

  17. Nov. 28, 2007: Rays get Garza, Bartlett from Twins for Young

    Nov 28, 2009, 8:22 PM EDT

    The reaction was largely positive at the time. Positive from Twins fans, that is. The Rays didn’t even have fans yet. On this day two years ago, the Twins acquired Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie from the Rays for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan. It was the first big move for…

  18. Halladay ready and willing to don pinstripes

    Nov 27, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT

    A major league executive told the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott that he knows Roy Halladay has informed the Jays he’d approve a trade to the Yankees. The executive didn’t have any additional info to share. It’s widely been assumed that Halladay would happily waive his no-trade clause to pitch in New York or Boston. He’d…

  19. Gone and mostly forgotten: Beck, McLemore passed over on HOF ballot

    Nov 27, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    OK, so I’m probably pretty unique in this regard, but one of my favorite things to do upon the annual release of the Hall of Fame ballot is to check who didn’t make the cut. Fortunately, this has become a lot easier with Baseball-Reference’s final year pages New qualifiers for this year’s ballot last played…

  20. Quality shortstop play won't make Encarnacion tolerable

    Nov 27, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Not to pick on’s Jordan Bastian, who is hardly the only one saying it, but included in his writeup of the Jays’ Alex Gonzalez signing is the following note: “Strong “D” at the position will be important in helping make up for having Edwin Encarnacion in place as the starting third baseman.” In fact,…

  21. Alomar, Larkin highlight new Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 27, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez and Fred McGriff highlight the list of 15 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot released on Friday. Also on the ballot for the first, and likely last, time are Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin…

  22. Jays offense to suffer in wake of Gonzalez signing

    Nov 26, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays are being aggressive early in their bid to hold on to fourth place in the AL East. One day after re-signing backup John McDonald for $3 milion over two years, GM Alex Anthopoulos nabbed Alex Gonzalez to start at shortstop, guaranteeing him $2.75 million. It’s a very, very good start for my…

  23. Blue Jays overcommit to light-hitting McDonald

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos is a historically young general manager at 32, but his first significant move as the Jays’ decision-maker was certainly rooted in traditional, old-school thinking. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays agreed to terms with veteran infielder John McDonald on a two-year, $3 million deal. It was known that the move was coming, but indications…

  24. Moyer hospitalized for second time since surgery

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:29 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Jamie Moyer has been hospitalized because of recurring symptoms from September groin surgery, but lacked any information about his condition. Moyer was originally hospitalized in October because of a blood infection. The 46-year-old left-hander underwent surgery to repair three torn tendons in groin area at the end of September.

  25. Pouliot's thoughts on Wednesday's moves: Andruw, Liz, Hulett

    Nov 25, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    *White Sox sign outfielder Andruw Jones, who had been with the Rangers, on a one-year, $500,000 contract. Surprisingly, the deal includes just $1 million in incentives. Jones must have looked at what happened to guys like Jim Edmonds, Geoff Jenkins and Shannon Stewart last season and decided that taking an extremely modest deal was better…

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