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Matthew Pouliot

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Just call him Chone Phiggins

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT’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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Nov 9, 2009, 7:33 PM EDT’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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Red Sox land outfielder Hermida in deal with Marlins

    Nov 5, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT

    The Red Sox acquired disappointing outfielder Jeremy Hermida in a three-player deal with the Marlins on Thursday, surrendering left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez in the bargain. Hermida was hardly an obvious fit for the Red Sox, given his left-handedness and the presence of J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury ahead of him in the outfield.…

  11. Abreu gets $19 million guarantee from Angels

    Nov 5, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT

    According to Fanhouse’s Ed Price, the deal between the Angels and Bobby Abreu is worth $19 million over two years and includes a vesting option for 2011. Abreu, who had to settle for a one-year, $5 million deal last winter, will make $9 million each of the next two seasons. The details of the vesting…

  12. Matsui carries Yankees to World Series victory

    Nov 5, 2009, 12:43 AM EDT

    Whether it was the remnants of a weekend cold or simply not having the extra day of rest he’s often been accustomed to, Pedro Martinez showed up Wednesday with far from his best stuff. He still managed to hold his own against eight of the Yankees’ nine hitters in two times through the order. Unfortunately,…

  13. World Series Game 6 live chat

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT

    World Series Game 6 live chat

  14. Lilly's shoulder adds to Cubs' pitching needs

    Nov 4, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT

    Given all of the indications that the team had no plans to offer free agent Rich Harden arbitration this winter, the Cubs must have been feeling confident about their 2010 rotation. Big-money pitchers Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster were set to lead the way, with rookie surprise Randy Wells and summer acquisition Tom…

  15. It's all on Pedro's shoulders now

    Nov 4, 2009, 4:05 PM EDT

    The Phillies managed to score four runs in six innings against a fully rested Andy Pettitte in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday. Given that he’ll be working on short rest tonight, it seems doubtful that they’ll be shut down entirely. Pettitte hadn’t even started on four days’ rest since Sept. 5. His…

  16. Pirates to acquire Rays' Iwamura in exchange for reliever

    Nov 3, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT

    Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura is headed to Pittsburgh, says the St. Petersburg Times and several other sources. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, right-hander Jesse Chavez will be the return when the deal is announced, something that might not happen until after the World Series concludes. The Rays are expected to surrender a second player…

  17. Yanks make it official: Pettitte to duel Pedro in Game 6

    Nov 3, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT

    The Yankees confirmed Tuesday that Andy Pettitte would take the mound on short rest and start Game 6 against the Phillies and Pedro Martinez on Wednesday. It was obvious the Bombers would go that route from the moment that A.J. Burnett was chosen to start Game 5. If Chad Gaudin was going to pitch, it…

  18. A tale of two No. 3 hitters

    Nov 2, 2009, 11:56 PM EDT

    When the showdown against the Yankees began, it looked like Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth were the Phillies poised to make postseason history. Howard matched a record by driving in runs in eight straight games to begin the postseason. Werth, meanwhile, hit five homers in nine games against the Rockies and Dodgers. In the World…

  19. World Series Game 5 live blog/chat

    Nov 2, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT

    World Series Game 5 live chat

  20. Being too left-handed finally bringing down Phillies

    Nov 2, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    It was the obvious issue when GM Ruben Amaro opted for Raul Ibanez over Pat Burrell last winter: the Phillies would have big problems against left-handed pitching with so much of their power coming from the left side. It turned out to be a non-factor during the regular season. Ibanez, who went into the year…

  21. Return of Bad Brad dooms Phillies

    Nov 2, 2009, 12:08 AM EDT

    It was fun while it lasted. Lidge opened the postseason with five straight scoreless appearances. He put together that kind of streak just once during the regular season, when he saved five in a row from May 26-June 1. Of course, he finished the regular season 0-8 with 11 blown saves and a 7.21 ERA.…

  22. Hamels lets down Phillies one more time

    Nov 1, 2009, 12:46 AM EDT

    It seems like the story has been repeated several times this year. Cole Hamels came out firing again Saturday, keeping the Yankees hitless through three innings. The only one of the first 11 hitters to reach did so on a HBP. And then it all fell apart, too quickly for Charlie Manuel to do much…

  23. Giants spend $12 million to retain Sanchez

    Oct 30, 2009, 7:13 PM EDT

    The Giants could have gone out and picked up Felipe Lopez or Ronnie Belliard to fill a colossal hole at second base at midseason, but they guessed wrong and picked Freddy Sanchez. They may well have lost the NL West in the process. Not that they deserved to have things turn out so badly. Sanchez…

  24. Pettitte's Hall of Fame case strengthens with every win

    Oct 30, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    How exactly do we weigh opportunity? Andy Pettitte has been far from an ace while finishing with ERAs over 4.00 each of the last four seasons, yet he keeps winning 14 games every year and is now up to 229 victories for his career. That comes with being an above average starter for very good…

  25. Phillies won't ask for three from Lee; turn to Blanton in Game 4

    Oct 30, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT

    Manager Charlie Manuel announced Friday that Joe Blanton would start Game 4 for the Phillies on Sunday, essentially setting his rotation for the rest of October. The guess going in was that the Phillies would try to get away with using Cliff Lee in Games 1, 4 and 7. Blanton still figured to start Game…

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