AL East Links: Gonzalez, Bautista, Shealy, Orioles

The Yankees already added a reliever today. Here are some notes on what their division rivals are up to…

  • Adrian Gonzalez says he hasn't imposed a deadline for extension negotiations with the Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Gonzalez, who worked out at Red Sox camp today, did not seem worried about talks with Boston, according to Cafardo.
  • The Blue Jays' arbitration hearing with Jose Bautista will take place Monday, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
  • The Jays signed Ryan Shealy to a minor league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (on Twitter). The 31-year-old appeared in five games for the Red Sox last year after spending the 2009 season in the minors. Shealy posted a .231/.345/.472 line at Triple-A for the Red Sox and Rays last year.
  • Speaking of Boston, Alex Speier of introduces us to the team's many bullpen candidates. They have lots of left-handers to choose from. Felix Doubront, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Hideki Okajima and Dennys Reyes will provide manager Terry Francona with plenty of options.
  • The Orioles are actively discussing deals with Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. The O’s don’t appear to be on the verge of an agreement with either arbitration eligible player. Scott’s hearing is next Monday and Guthrie’s hearing will take place Wednesday. Keep track of all the remaining arbitration hearings with our Arb Tracker.

68 Responses to AL East Links: Gonzalez, Bautista, Shealy, Orioles Leave a Reply

  1. I’ll be flabbergasted if Rich Hill makes the Red Sox. 2007 feels like a really long time ago now. He did show better (well, less terrible) control with Pawtucket last year, though.

    • Not to mention he blew with the Cardinals! If Dave Duncan makes a suggestion to change your mechanics and you don’t listen…you’re probably not going to improve your pitching…just sayin’…

  2. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    The Blue Jays’ arbitration hearing with Jose Bautista will take place Monday, Bautista’s Beard will have its arbitration hearing 2 days later on Wednesday according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

      Unless Bautista walks in looking like Borat again, his beard will win it’s case no contest.

    • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

      Regardless if Bautista stays in Toronto or not, I hope they sign his beard to an extension.

  3. hitdog042 4 years ago

    Epstein has done a fantastic job signing low cost pitchers to give Terry options with the roster. Hard to believe the Yankees weren’t willing to give Aceves 600K to try and make a comeback. Especially considering he has two options left. I’m forever in the “I’m not sold on Cashman” camp.

    • andrewyf 4 years ago

      Aaand the past three years the Yankees (ya know, the team that originally produced Aceves) have done an even better job providing Girardi with young, low-cost pitchers to provide him bullpen options. Hard to believe the Red Sox weren’t willing to sign him out of Mexico. Count me forever in the “I’m not sold on Theo” camp.

      • hitdog042 4 years ago

        Andrew, since when is Soriano a low cost option. Theo has developed more guys in his afternoon nap than Cashman has over his career. A lot of those guys turned in to Adrian Gonzalez. 2 others are star pitchers in MLB (Bucholz, Lester). I think you need to go on a fact finding mission. Sorry bud. On your current roster, he drafted Cano right? Is that really comparable to Pedroia, Buch, Lester, Papelbon, Ellsbury.. oh gosh I can go on and on. He inherited a large chunk of the stars in NY.from Michael. everyone knows this.

        • hitdog042 4 years ago

          but alas, he was good at giving you AJ Burnett and Carl Pavano. And I’d bet money 90 percent of Yankees fans would trade Cash for Epstein and throw in 2 first round draft picks. lmao…. read what your own fan base says about Cashman. Comical.

        • andrewyf 4 years ago

          A fact-finding mission? From someone who thinks Cano, first of all, was drafted, and second of all, the only player on the major league team that Cashman has drafted or acquired through trade, I’ll pass, thanks.

          • hitdog042 4 years ago

            you will pass because you got nothin. Judging from the 23 LIKES I received in 18 minues, the forum community agrees. Sorry for the word “draft” on Cano… he was still Cashmans credit. Nice way to try and win based on a technicality. Dude, get the yankee rose glasses off.

          • andrewyf 4 years ago

            Are you sure you’re not confusing ‘likes’ with total comments? I think you are.

        • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

          I didn’t know one good year from Bucholz made him a star

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago


          IPK, Austin Jackson and Coke (turned into Granderson)
          Melky and Arodys Vizcaino (turned into Vazquez)
          David Robertson
          Alfredo Aceves
          Top rated farm in 2011 (#6-#8 w/ 4 prospects ranked inside top 53 on mlb list).

          Yeah, Cashman hasn’t developed his own players at all.

    • soxfan0928 4 years ago

      It blows my mind that Cash didn’t take a flier on him with their current pitching woes. Are Mitre and Colon really more promising than Aceves? Personally, I don’t think so. And the Sox signed him as a SP.

      • andrewyf 4 years ago

        Mitre, at least (and Garcia) don’t require back surgery and actually pitched more than 10 innings last year, so yes.

        • Since_77 4 years ago

          Aceves also did not make the team on September 1st when the rosters were expanded or post season roster because according to the manager he was “not sharp”. He gave up 8 runs in 11 innings in his minor league rehab assignment.

          I wish him well. He was great for the Yankees in 2009 but I think there is something else to this story .

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            I’m thinking the same as to something else to the story. I’m baffled (not like Jeter’s agent) that the Yanks would not rehab him and then bring him back.They still had options on him and the money is peanuts. The 40 man roster spot should not have a problem and so what if he didn’t look good coming off the lay-off. He had all
            off-season to improve. I know he broke his clavicle riding a mountain bike, possibly he wasn’t supposed to be riding around on a mountain bike? Engaging in an unauthorized sporting event ala Aaron Boone? I just don’t get the non-signing on the Yankees part.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            I disagree about the 40 man issue. I wouldn’t want to waste a spot on a player who may not play at all in 2011. That being said, I don’t know if he had to be placed there.

      • hitdog042 4 years ago

        we signed him as a SP in the minors, he’s not expected to make the club. He’ll be used as an emergency starter or he’ll come up and help the bullpen if needed. Either way, for that low cost, the Yankees are foolish to not try it. Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s not like they care where they throw the coin. I”m shocked he wasn’t offered 2MM by NY,… that sounds about right on their over pay scale.

      • It’s not so much that they preferred Mitre over Aceves, which is totally understandable.
        It’s that they preferred guys they took in the rule 5 draft (Daniel Turpen and Something Fish?) or picked up off waivers (Seth Garrison comes to mind) over Aceves.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        I was a little suprised that Cash didn’t sign Aceves but from all reports I heard he may not pitch atall this season. I heard the same comments when he didn’t sign Wang and we didn’t see him pitch at all this year. That being said, Aceves isn’t expensive and can just be hidden in the minors if needed. The deals you mentioned, only Mitre is guaranteed a spot and he will not be any more than a bullpen/spot starter anyway.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      So Sox sign low cost pitcher is good but when Cashman does it it’s “What is he thinking”. Gotcha.

  4. Karkat 4 years ago

    It feels like just yesterday, I was thinking “Gee Theo, all these bats are nice, but if the pitching staff lets up 12 runs a game, it really doesn’t matter.” Even later, it felt like we had no lefties, but Okajima, Miller, and Reyes could all be valuable contributors. When it’s all said and done, the bullpen signings might turn out to be the biggest difference makers this year (remember, kids, the injured 2010 Red Sox were still second in the majors in runs scored, but a terrible 23rd in runs allowed).

  5. hitdog042 4 years ago

    Theo’s first draft also included Youkilis. Andrew, you have been schooled.

    • andrewyf 4 years ago

      I’m really loving the irony. Alright, whoever’s behind ‘hitdog042′ can come out, now. I bow to your comedy skills.

      • hitdog042 4 years ago

        hey man, you are the one that said Cash was better. I just asked why, and you can’t provide squat and say nothing to the evidence on the table. And the evidence points to Epstein over and over and over. IT’s not a Yanks v.s Sox argument.. this is a baseball common sense argument. Epstein has drafted more all stars (way more) than Cash. It’s a fact Andrew. Not an opinion. A fact.

        • not_brooks 4 years ago

          I have a sneaking suspicion that the Yankees just thought it would be funny to have a GM named Cashman, so they found Brian Cashman in the phone book, hired him as an intern and promoted him up to GM.

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      Brian Cashman Draftees/International Signees: Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Manny Banuelos, Jesus Montero, Jose Tabata, Joba Chamberlain, and one guy who is expected to be a 4/5 starter for the Yankees, can’t remember his name, Jose Nunez?

      Theo Epstein Draftees/International Signees: Jacoby Ellisbury, Jed Lowrie, Daniel Bard, Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden, Dustin Pedroia, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Masterson, Ryan Kalish

      * These are names off the top of my head, no research done at all.
      ** The minor leaguers who i named are ones that i expect to be up in the majors this year
      ***I’m neither a Red Sox nor a Yankee fan

      My opinion, not going by this list, is that Cashman has had more success in international signings and Epstein has done better in the draft.

      Now can you both please just put it to a rest?

  6. AceGunderson 4 years ago

    Fun Fact: Yanks/Sox fans’ endless cyber-debates are trite and go nowhere….ever.

    (I’m a Yanks fan)

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      When both think they’re right it’s kinda like two 6-year olds pushing each other on the playground saying “my Dad can beat up your Dad.”

      So let’s get on with the fight, my grandmother can beat up your father.

      • AceGunderson 4 years ago

        Not true! (points to some random stat/”fact” to “prove” side of argument)

        Just laid the smackdown on ya. If I only had one of those Staples “That was easy!” contraptions…

        • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

          Well the hell with you, *insert obscure point that sounds like a quantitative fact but is pretty much an opinion*, see I am right.

  7. hitdog042 4 years ago

    ok, whatever.. I’m done. Facts speak for themselves. Typical Yankees “We are better than god” attitudes. Cracks me up everytime. Thanks for the laughs. The best part about me being born in NY was my family getting xferred to MA when I was 5. I thank god for that every day.

    • ThisIsGod 4 years ago

      Any time, hitdog042.

    • PJaysW 4 years ago

      yea, god was definitely behind that

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      I’m no Yanks fan but you have to admit that it’s pretty ironic to complain that Yanks fans have a “We are better than god” attitude….and then imply that God transferred your family to Massachusetts when you were 5…

      • hitdog042 4 years ago

        saying thank god is an expression. The fact I have to even say that shows the level of intelligence I’m speaking to. Just plain… WOW.

        • Infield Fly 4 years ago

          Actually you don’t have to say that. You also don’t have to lighten up and stop taking yourself (and the rest of us) so seriously, but it would be a good idea. Although it’s true that sarcasm is hard to detect over the net, sometimes we just mess with each other on this board – as I was doing with you. If you’re going to get touchy and self-righteous about it every time that happens you’ll pretty much always end up being the one to take the hit….dog.

          So since you’re talking “intelligence” there’s a little for you. No charge.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            what, no sandy v-j-j reference? Are you taking the high road sir?

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            Sin duda alguna. 😉
            I try to stop short of tacky whenever possible.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      I THINK this it all started when someone took a slap at Cashman for no particular reason. Matter of fact, it was you.

      • 4redsox 4 years ago

        Hitdogs comments were a bit off on drafts but his general idea is well documented. Cashmans faced a lot of criticism in the press and from fans. Dont act like hitdog is out in left field.

  8. Solid writeup by Speier, a good overview on the many possibilities in the bullpen.

  9. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Considering I have the Red Sox rumors tag and MLBTR both bookmarked and next to each other on my browser’s menu, I had to do a double take at the top four headlines to be sure I hadn’t gone to the wrong bookmark just now. Lo and behold, the top four articles on the main page are, in fact, Red Sox related.

  10. Beckett for Michael Young?? Solves both teams issues. Scutaro would be a nice piece off the bench at $6M per

    • Which issue does that solve for the Red Sox, exactly?

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        Their lack of a guy who is way overpaid, sucks at every position on the field and whose bat is merely “meh” outside of Arlington.

    • BentoBox 4 years ago

      Wait, why? If the Red Sox are going to be trading a SP, it won’t be Beckett.

      Young won’t have a position to play at. Youk is at third, Gonzalez is at first and Ortiz is the DH. Second base is occupied by Pedroia and SS is by Scutaro. They already have a capable utility player in Lowrie.

      So no.

      • dc21892 4 years ago

        Right? This Michael Young to the Red Sox thing is kind of getting ridiculous. It’s not going to happen.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          First it was Young for Scutaro, then someone upped it to Young for Lowrie, then we got a Young for Scutaro+Drew and now a Young for Beckett. I’m just waiting for a Young for Youkilis and I’ll have the whole set.

          • what about young for gonzalez then youk can go back to first and young can play third…sounds good it should be a done deal by tomorrow lol

  11. Young is still a solid player (even at short) and will definitely be an upgrade over Scutaro. Im a blue jay fan so Ive seen him enough. Anyone who thinks Scutaro is better than Young is out to lunch. Young would look very nice in that Boston lineup. People are undervaluing Young because he wants out. He’s only 34. Come on people. Texas will still prob get a nice return. 3 yr/48 vs 4/68. Beckett is a little younger but has back problems. So this is a win for both sides.

  12. Karkat 4 years ago

    I have similar hopes. As of now, he’s our #1 minor league starting option, I feel like. I’d like to see him develop as a starter and either a) compete for the #5 spot next year or b) turn himself into a desirable trade chip.

  13. Fangaffes 4 years ago

    If Doubront is in AAA until September, the Sox starters and bullpen are both having great seasons. Something to hope for.

  14. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Well this year will kinda decide if Doubront has a future as a starter or reliever. If he has a good year in AAA I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sox push hard to trade Dice-K. As for Ranaudo, my bet is the Sox are going to take it slow, don’t expect him in Portland.

  15. PJaysW 4 years ago

    amazing, beat me to it

  16. This never happens.

  17. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Are you done yet?

  18. MaineSox 4 years ago

    If, hypothetically, Gonzalez doesn’t have an agreement in place and Pujols is headed for free agency, isn’t it as likely that the Sox have leverage with Gonzalez, since they could just go after Pujols at the end of the year if Gonzalez’s price gets too high?

  19. woadude 4 years ago

    If Gonzalez even goes there, the Red Sox would take Pujols, because like Crawford over Werth, if both were on the market, which do you think the Red Sox would sign keeping in mind if they sign Pujols (no brainer) they get 2 draft picks from whoever signs Gonzalez.

  20. woadude 4 years ago

    8 other options for Gonzalez isn’t a bad thing for Boston, it just means they are for sure to get good draft pick compensation when they unveil Pujols as the newest Red Sox.

  21. woadude 4 years ago

    The Orioles will only be fun to watch play your team as they will give up a lot of runs and miss a lot of plays. here is to them winning maybe 75 games this year?

  22. Pedroia and Cano both only got 4 stars? They both seem like sure thing 5-ers to me.

    Also this isn’t a response to you so much as the thread in general, but to my knowledge the GM has relatively little say in the draft compared to the guys in the scouting department.

    Edit: Derp, you changed Cano. I still think Pedroia makes the cut, though.

  23. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    I like the list, you probably have a better sense of their farm systems and I was just too lazy to do the research. Thanks for expanding

  24. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    I bet he’s proud of himself right now

  25. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Figures you would go with the 1 guy that has the Yanks @ #9 AND the Sox within the top 12. YOU SIRE ARE COMICAL. We’ll just ignore the 4 or 5 other lists then?

    btw, not sure how you can say the Sox have more quality depth in the lower ranks either. I know of the draft classes of 2009 and 2010 but the Yanks have lots of guys @ low A and beneath as well, that aren’t even considered top 20 ranked prospects yet (B.Mitchell, B. Marshall, Melky Mesa, Jose Ramirez, Ramon Flores, Gabe Encinas, Shaeffer Hall, Yeicokc Calderon, Edward Sosa, etc).

    Give me a break. Doesn’t have to be a d@ck measuring contest but give props where it’s due.

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