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Matthew Pouliot

  1. Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona named Managers of the Year

    Nov 12, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The Manager of the Year awards, annually given to the guys whose teams exceed expectations by the greatest amount, was claimed Tuesday by Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle in the NL and the Indians’ Terry Francona in the AL. Hurdle was the easy winner in the Senior Circuit, receiving 25 of the 30 first-place votes. He…

  2. Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA. Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award…

  3. Rosenthal: Ervin Santana wants more than $100 million

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    It’s still early November, so there’s no harm in aiming high. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agents Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are doing just that. Santana wants “more than $100 million” for five years, while Nolasco would settle for a mere $80 million over the same timeframe. Santana’s asking price would seem to…

  4. If it’s the Most Valuable Player, shouldn’t salary matter?

    Nov 7, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will be named the American League Most Valuable Player again next week. There’s a good chance it will be unanimous, and if not, it will be pretty darn close. Yet, factoring in defense and baserunning, it’s very easy to come away with the idea that Mike Trout was the better player. Of course,…

  5. Twins prospects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano shut down with injuries

    Nov 7, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    Two of the game’s very best prospects were shut down this week, and both happen to be Minnesota Twins. Outfielder Byron Buxton, the game’s consensus No. 1 prospect, is out with a strained left shoulder suffered in the Arizona Fall League, according to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. Power-hitting third baseman Miguel Sano has a strained UCL…

  6. Cubs officially announce Rick Renteria as their new manager

    Nov 7, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    UPDATE: It’s official: #Cubs name Rick Renteria 53rd manager in franchise history, agreeing to a 3-year contract with club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 7, 2013 Wednesday, 6:53 PM: After seven years managing in the minors and six more coaching in the majors, Rick Renteria has hit the…

  7. A mutual option was mutually exercised

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Matt Belisle

    This doesn’t happen often; mutual options are usually attached to contracts for the buyout, which allows a team to give a player a bit more guaranteed money without having to actual make the payout anytime soon. They’re hardly ever exercised, because how often is it that a team and a player are going to completely…

  8. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  9. UPDATE: Rays, David DeJesus agree to multiyear deal

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    12:24 p.m. EST Update: DeJesus told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that he has come to terms on a two-year pact with the Rays that includes an option for 2016. /// The Rays will hang on David DeJesus, according to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, exercising his $6.5 million option rather than…

  10. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  11. Giants working on new deal for Ryan Vogelsong

    Nov 3, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Vogelsong

    The Giants won’t be picking up Ryan Vogelsong‘s $6.5 million club option for 2014, but they are talking about a deal with a lower price tag, sources told CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly. Vogelsong, a big success in winning 27 games with a 3.04 ERA for the Giants between 2011 and ’12, slipped to 4-6 with a…

  12. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  13. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  14. Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew come up big in possible Fenway finales

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    As the Red Sox celebrate their third World Series victory in a decade Wednesday, the likelihood exists that several key players won’t be back in 2014. Red Sox free agents this winter include Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ellsbury and Drew in particular delivered big games on Wednesday, with Ellsbury reaching…

  15. David Ortiz gets World Series MVP honors

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    It wasn’t exactly a shocker, but after batting .688 with two homers, David Ortiz was named World Series MVP following Boston’s Game 6 victory over the Cardinals. Ortiz tied World Series and postseason records with four walks and three intentional walks in the Game 6 victory. He came around to score after two of them.…

  16. So, the Astros are taking their prospects on trips now

    Oct 30, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Correa

    According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert, the Astros recently brought eight players and six staff members down to the Dominican Republic for a 10-day getaway: The group spent the 10 days touring the country, with the players working out at the Astros’ Dominican Academy in the mornings, then interacting with the various communities and villages they…

  17. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny not doing his team any favors

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    World Series Red Sox Cardinals Baseball

    It started with the lineup: Mike Matheny chose to go with Shane Robinson in center field in Game 5 and had him bat second, with Carlos Beltran dropping into the cleanup spot. On the surface, it didn’t seem like a great move. Maybe it would have turned out better had leadoff man Matt Carpenter gotten…

  18. LaTroy Hawkins helps subdue an unruly American Airlines passenger

    Oct 28, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins instagram

    On his way to Chile to partake in a little dove hunting, LaTroy Hawkins got his adventure on a little early this morning, when he and another man assisted flight attendants in subduing an unruly passenger on his American Airlines flight. Hawkins wrote on instagram that the flight had to make an emergency landing in…

  19. All hands on deck for Red Sox; Peavy, Buchholz to be available in relief

    Oct 28, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to Monday’s Game 5 that jake Peavy, who just started Saturday’s Game 3, would be available in relief tonight, and that Clay Buchholz, who started Game 4, could work out of the pen once the series returns to Fenway Park on Wednesday. Farrell also declined to commit to…

  20. Lineup change suggests Cardinals are ready for small ball

    Oct 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Shane Robinson

    If you did a million World Series simulations last week — and I assume someone out there probably did — Game 5 almost surely ended up being the lowest scoring contest of the bunch. It’s simply a rematch of Game 1 with Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright facing off again, but this time it’s in…

  21. Kolten Wong: “My foot slipped”

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    The last thing a forlorn Kolten Wong wanted to do after getting picked off to end St. Louis’ Game 4 loss on Sunday was talk to reporters in front of his locker, but he stood up to the mics and answered questions anyway. Wong on pickoff: “I knew I was dead once I went to…

  22. Felix Doubront comes up big in Game 4 win

    Oct 28, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    These last few weeks couldn’t have been easy for Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront. With Clay Buchholz back and ready to pitch in the postseason, Doubront was sent to the pen at the end of the regular season after going 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA in his 27 starts. He didn’t want to make the…

  23. The million fluky things that go into winning a World Series game

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    - Allen Craig, hobbled by a painful foot injury that nearly ruled him out for the postseason, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday on the first ever obstruction call to end a postseason game. – Craig scored because Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whom manager John Farrell forgot to take out of the…

  24. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is having the worst of weeks

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Don’t blame Will Middlebrooks for the fluky obstruction call that ended Game 3. Don’t blame umpire Jim Joyce, who made the gutsy choice to call it and give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory. Blame the guy who made the bad throw in the first place: Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The struggling Saltalamacchia shouldn’t have even been in…

  25. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

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