AL East Notes: Yankees, Red Sox, Fenway, Epstein

Here is the latest from two of baseball's biggest powerhouses…

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of The Journal News that there are no player moves on the horizon. "I have nothing I'm involved with right now," he said. "Zero."
  • Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino told Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe that his team will have the financial room to add players at the trade deadline, if needed (Twitter link).
  • Lucchino also told Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston and Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe that he was informed by engineers that Fenway Park will be structurally sound for another 40-50 years, so there are no plans for a new ballpark (Twitter links).
  • Red Sox owner John Henry told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that he doesn't even know how long GM Theo Epstein is under contract, and there are no real discussions about his future (Twitter link). Cot's Baseball Contracts doesn't know how long Epstein is under contract either.
  • Boston has paid upwards of $85MM in revenue sharing and approximately $1.5MM in luxury tax, tweets Speier.
  • Anyone dreaming of Mark Teixeira for Albert Pujols trade can stop now. The Yankees first baseman told Joel Sherman of The New York Post (on Twitter) that "I've got that no-trade [clause] for a reason. I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to be buried in these pinstripes."


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115 Comments on "AL East Notes: Yankees, Red Sox, Fenway, Epstein"


Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

If he keeps the Yankees from getting Albert and falls off any he may be buried in those pinstripes sooner than he thought.

OhioSox
4 years 5 months ago

Weird no ones knows what Theo’s contract is

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

It’s probably like that episode of “Seinfeld” where Kramer kept going to work at that place where he wasn’t actually employed. Henry doesn’t want to draw attention to the fact that Theo isn’t actually getting paid.

Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

Are you saying Theo is Milton from Office Space? If you weren’t, start saying it anyway.

4 years 5 months ago

Especially since the engineering report on Fenway makes it sound so difficult to set the building on fire….

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

Hey, it’s been done (1926).

Yankee_Baal
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe Theo did it himself. He doesn’t seem to have a real boss… though it’d be weird.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 5 months ago

Sean McAdams of NESN stated tonight, on air, that he “knows” Theo to be under contract through the 2012 season.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Wait the red sox still have money, thank god! I can start the Miguel Cabrera to boston rumor now.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

C’mon, where are we going to put him. Try starting a Tulo rumor.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

A slow start by ortiz will give this one wind, dont worry though the tulo rumors will start in april.

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Wait. Does that mean there wont be any Hanley rumors?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Well I suppose we can put him in right.

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

But that would officially end the Justin Upton rumors.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

We would still need a 4th OF, back up 1B-3B, pinch hitter, back up DH, Upton could get the job done.

4 years 5 months ago

Papelbon and JD Drew and maybe Kalish or Anderson to D-Backs for Upton. That’s my pipe dream trade.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

I’d hit the pipe again if I were you.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

They start when the Heat make the playoffs and the people who run the Marlins remember that people in flordia don’t actually know the marlins exist.

4 years 5 months ago

i’m afraid hanley will be the next ss for the yanks

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Or a can we please have Hanley back rumor.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Dear Red Sox fans,

there is no way that Miguel Cabrera is being traded to Boston. can we not even start this please? it is NOT going to happen!!!!!!!!!!!! you had your chance to aquire him in 2007 but didnt. thats your problem, not mine. he is under contract for 5 more years and he will be with the tigers for all of them. people who like boston dont just get to snap their fingers and get any player they wan. if i hear the stupid “dice-k and a prospect not named kalish, igleasis, or doubront” thing again, someones gonna get hit. not only is it unrealistic to think that you could aquire him, but to think that you will not have to give up any top prospects is just plain stupid. im gonna stop this before it starts.

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

Just a tip… threats to hit people on the internet aren’t really all that scary.

4 years 5 months ago

It’s my problem that Cabrera wasn’t traded to Boston? You must be confusing me with Theo

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

… you do understand sarcasm? It never was about to start, it’s a freaking joke.

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Apparently out of that whole conversation the only ridiculous one was Miggy; Tulo, Hanley, Mauer, Upton, and Harper is reasonable though.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Ya it’s obvious small market teams don’t want reasonably priced stars, geez some people just don’t know baseball.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

From now on I guess we have to use sarcasm disclaimers.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

sarcasm? what are you talking about? are you replying to the wrong comment or what?

Green_Monster
4 years 5 months ago

Dude, you have 99_Problems.

nhlegend
4 years 5 months ago

I swear to God, I’ll pistol whip the next guy who says “shenanigans”!

Ferrariman
4 years 5 months ago

shenanigans :)

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Well he might have trouble finding you, can you pistol whip yourself for him?

roomwithamoose
4 years 5 months ago

oh you mean the place with the wings? haha

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

A) It wasn’t a Red Sox fan who said Cabrera to Boston.
B) If you don’t want to read what Sox fans have to say, why come to a Red Sox thread?
C) Stop the “internet tough guy” act. It’s just silly.

Good day!

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Im Actually a red sox fan, and apperantly some people did’nt get the joke, im just make fun of the pujols to boston rumors.

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

Ugh! It’s impossible to tell humor from derp anymore.

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

While I dont fully agree with the way he went about it, I do agree with him in a sence. This was an opening for Sox fans to start talking about trade rumors again. It happened in ’09 when Cabrera had a similar incident and there is no doubt in my mind that they will do it again.

GoAwayNow
4 years 5 months ago

Yea we got our middle of the order bat and his recidivism rate is super low. So we’re happy.

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

I got 99 problems and you are one.

4 years 5 months ago

The Red Sox are going to have even more money to spend next year. Ortiz, Cameron, Drew, and Papelbon (all guys I could live without) add up to 35.75 Mil this year and they will all be gone next year. Maybe sign Ortiz for a one year, 5 mil contract and you can work from this:
Pitchers: Lester, Buchholz, Beckett, Lackey, Dice-K, Bard
Hitters: AGonz, Pedroia, Youk, Lowrie, Iglesias, Crawford, Ellsbury, Ortiz, Kalish

Think of all of this with 30mil. plus to spend? Hmmm…
Side note… The big free agents next winter are: Pujols, Fielder, Hill, K.Johnson, Reyes, A. Ramirez, Yadi Molina, Hart, CJ Wilson, H.Bell, and Broxton.
Who would be a good fit for Boston?

Rabbitov
4 years 5 months ago

Did you factor in signing Agon long term? Regardless, not being a Sox fan, so not having too much insight I would think catcher and outfield would be top priority for them next offseason.

4 years 5 months ago

Wow you are right. Let’s say he will make 23 a year. That means the sox will have somewhere between 10-20 mil to spend.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 5 months ago

Blackcourt is correct. We have over $50MM coming off the books at the end of 2011, before we pay A-Gon on his extension. There is the matter of needing to extend Buchholz and possibly Ellsbury, so conservatively, I would say $25MM+ would be available without increasing payroll over the present $161MM commitment. Obviously, the Sox’ payroll could and probably will increase for 2012, to maybe $175MM.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Pujols and get draft pick compensation for Agon

4 years 5 months ago

I think AGon can put up similar numbers as Pujols now that he’s out of hitter’s hell PETCO, and plus he’s younger and won’t be signed for as long into his late thirties. I choose Agon to be completely honest.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

I’d choose AGon too, but I still think Pujols will put up better numbers in Busch than AGon in Fenway. When the choice is between a $30M+/yr HOFer versus a $20M+/yr who’s still one of the best hitters in the game you really gotta ask the question “what else could we buy for that $10M we saved.”

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

Let’s begin Math Class shall we: Drew 14, Ortiz 12.5, Papelbon 12, Cameron 8, Scutaro 6, Wake 3, Tek 2 equals 58 million! Add in a 16 million raise to AGonz and theirs 42 million left under the luxury tax! Factor in 6 million in arb raises to Buchholz, Ellsbury, Salty and Bard and theirs still 36 million sitting around with only an opening at DH to fill as Kalish takes over RF and Iglesias/Lowrie at SS. Thus team is locked up for 2 years before Youk and Dicek expire and 4 before Lackey and Beckett expire! 36 million could easily add a major player or two to an already dominant looking team!

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Or we could trade Dice K to the Tigers for Cabrera, it would take some prospects though too, but no good ones, maybe Pimental and Bowden plus Dice K should do it, right 99_Problems?

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Fielder would be a great ortiz replacement, but he has to be the larget vegitarian i’ve ever seen.

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Technically the cookie monster is a vegetarian.

4 years 5 months ago

2012 Best Case: Yadi C, AGonz 1B, Pedroia 2B, Youkilis 3B, Iglesias SS, Lowrie 1B 2B 3B SS, Ortiz DH, Crawford LF, Ellsbury CF, Kalish RF (only 22 years old)
Corey Hart is like a Jayson Werth to me. If Ellsbury plays poorly, I rather move CC to CF and Kalish to left so they can sign Hart to play right. Thoughts?

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

I like the Corey Hart/Jayson Werth comparison

dickylarue
4 years 5 months ago

The great lovable Carl Crawford refuses to play CF just like he refuses to bat leadoff. That’s your 20 million dollar OF. He tells you where to play him and when to hit him. They’re gonna love him in Boston.

BoSoxSam
4 years 5 months ago

Hey guess what: They already DO love him in Boston. Stop whining.

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

good line up providing iglesias and Kalish are what they are supposed to be what are you gonna do with your pitching staff, i could see phils trying to get one of those pieces in the back of bullpen from you it would be good even if they are not but great if they are

BoSoxSam
4 years 5 months ago

Yadier Molina?? Ew, why?

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

Molina>Catching options for the Red Sox right now.

BoSoxSam
4 years 5 months ago

Not really….he can’t hit. Yes, he can catch like nobody’s business, but I dunno. The Sox have Salty, and many other good-not-great prospects in the system right now. I just don’t like the idea of spending money on another one-dimensional catcher when we could just give our own guys a shot for cheaper.

Ferrariman
4 years 5 months ago

yadi molina isn’t a free agent. Well, technically he is but he has a no brainer option for 2012 season.

AlKelz
4 years 5 months ago

If Pujols signs with the Yankee’s , I wonder if the Red Sox would counter with Prince Fielder as their dh to replace Ortiz ? Don’t laugh. Both teams have the money to make that happen.

As an Oriole’s fan , this would be my worst nightmare. A long shot I grant you , but it’s possible .

ugotrpk3113
4 years 5 months ago

Anyone else slightly put off at the idea of revenue sharing and somehow these small market teams end up reducing payroll? The Red Sox added 85 mil to revenue sharing and the Yankees should have added easily that much. Plus other teams with larger payrolls…

So there’s about, what, 200 mil in revenue sharing given out to small market teams? Seems lame that these teams don’t increase payroll.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 5 months ago

Does anyone else find the revenue sharing disclosure of the BoSox to be very interesting? From my understanding, this fund requires us to deposit 1/3 of baseball operations revenues, i.e., ticket sales. That means that the Fenway gate last season would have been $255MM. Of course, this doesn’t count concessions, product/logo licensing, rental income, TV/Radio/Cable broadcasting fees and advertising. That’s a pretty good number, given that they only have circa 37,000 seats to work with. That’s $85 per available seat, on average, for each and every home game.

4 years 5 months ago

I’m just saying that with extra money next year if we dont get Pujols or Feilder and Salty doesn’t play up to expectations, then getting Yadi is definitely an upgrade especially because he wont want to stick around in St. Louis when/if Pujols and he calls a really nice game, even if his offense isnt quite there. You have to think Yadi is pretty good at calling games when you look at Wainwright and Carpenter’s last two seasons and Garcia’s last year. I would love for the outfielders next year to be Crawford, Ellsbury, Kalish, Reddick/McDonald, but if Kalish or Ellsbury have a down year… hey look! There is 25 million bucks sitting on the table! And go head and sign Hart to maybe a 3 year, 36-45mil deal (pending on this season).

4 years 5 months ago

brewers resigned hart last yr…

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Why are you speaking on Yadi? Who is to say he doesn’t stay in St.Louis regardless of Pujols? Cards have an option on him for 2012 anyway so he probably won’t be avail until 2013 if he doesn’t extend with them.

bomberj11
4 years 5 months ago

“I’ve got that no-trade [clause] for a reason. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be buried in these pinstripes.”

Your team is also gonna be buried in the cellar of the division next year…

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Meth hurts.

Nothing like fans ready to hand up the post-season banners before ST even begins.

Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

Is that a dig at Teix? See if that same 180 can inspire Pujols the same loyalty…

OhioSox
4 years 5 months ago

One can only hope.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, almost every star player when they’re about to sign a big contract or just have pretty much seem to have the same speech written for them: “I love it here, I hope to never leave, I want to retire here.”

Unless you’re Manny, then the script reads “I love it here, I hate it here, I love you guys, I hate you guys.”

Vmmercan
4 years 5 months ago

All potential beef is buried with a good Dwight quote.

4 years 5 months ago

those are two different episodes

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

Different episode. Kramer got fired and he said “But I don’t even really work here” and his boss said “I know, that’s what makes this so hard.”

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

I seem to recall all Boston fans calling for Theo to be fired when news broke that the Gonzalez trade originally fell through. What a beautiful love-hate relationship you guys have.

dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

It’s pathetic. I was one of the rare fans who stuck by Theo and the Sox when they weren’t doing so hot and didn’t make a move at the deadline. I get PO’d when I see this.

4 years 5 months ago

I was disgusted by the reaction too. I even remember a user here who I’d never seen before suddenly post a hundred times talking trash against Theo, then when the deal was completed, he completely disappeared. I honestly think he was a Sox hater pretending to be a Sox fan.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

Better than most of other teams fans who could care less what their teams do! In Boston it’s called Passion!

johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

Interesting.. Most REAL Red Sox fans just figured they would keep their top prospects and sign him as a FA after the season anyway, especially since it is common knowledge Gonzo has wanted to play for Boston the past few seasons anyway if you had bothered to read, or look up his past statements..

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

I thought about correcting it to say most, but am lazy. RedSox2219 actually stuck by Theo too. Way to contradict yourself by overreacting though.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Same way it’s dumb to think that all Yankee fans…

a) Feel entitled?
b) Are greedy?
c) Spit on ppl?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Nah, see we can get Joe Mauer.

MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

So you’re saying you like the guy?

OrangeCards
4 years 5 months ago

O’s fan too, eh?

OrangeCards
4 years 5 months ago

I dunno, I might be able to hit .300 grounding the ball to the left side of the infield …

pierre
4 years 5 months ago

get real. yankees have 11 players signed for 2012 whose contracts add up to $175 million dollars. You really think the yankees can afford to add $30 million dollars to that payroll? that is a pipe dream buddy, wake up.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah and Felix is your number 2 starter

nhsox
4 years 5 months ago

And steal second base 95% of the time.

4 years 5 months ago

Still looking forward to the day Manny says, “Screw you guys; I’m going home!”

flickadave
4 years 5 months ago

“Gas is up and so am I”… Classic Manny

4 years 5 months ago

The way “patience” paid off for us this year, the rest of the league’s fans should mind for the possibility that we might do both.

nhlegend
4 years 5 months ago

Very true. I live in Connecticut, so I listen to WFAN(New York) and WEEI(Boston). It’s kind of fun to listen to the wingnuts that call in to sports radio stations.

4 years 5 months ago

They still have that money left laying around since they did not sign Cliff Lee. They signed Soriano but Pettitte retired.

nictonjr
4 years 5 months ago

And 7 for ~$150 mil in 2012.

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

And still lose 13-5?

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

Not to mention the wingnuts who run the shows and get everyone enraged for ratings.

Fangaffes
4 years 5 months ago

Who needs that headache anyway?

4 years 5 months ago

Justin Upton > Cabrera in terms of money and age and distractions

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah like Damon saying he would never play for the Yankees and one year later…….

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Cliff Lee didn’t sign with the Yankees, you are correct, and that means you need another pitcher, you know the guy that stands on the mound and is going to throw for 6 maybe 7 innings? that’s who you spend your money you saved by not signing Cliff Lee, not another hitter…..

pierre
4 years 5 months ago

so you think the yankees will have 12 players on their payroll taking up $205 million dollars? keep thinking that it will happen.

icedrake523
4 years 5 months ago

Is it buried in pinstripes though?

BoSoxSam
4 years 5 months ago

I’m glad its not going anywhere. Fenway Park IS baseball to me.

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

I just think it needs to be gutted.

disgustedcubfan
4 years 5 months ago

I say this as a Cub fan. Wrigley Field is the best candidate for the wrecking ball. A professional baseball team that lets the people in the neighborhood decide how many night games are allowed. It’s crazy.
There is no parking , unless you want to pay a homeowner $40 to wedge into his driveway. The traffic after a game is a 2 hour log jam.
There’s 1 batting cage between 2 teams. The locker rooms are the size of a dorm room, and there are nets everywhere to prevent the fans from getting hit in the head with chunks of falling concrete.
Finally, I hate to agree with Ozzie Guillen, but he’s right. They have “rats the size of pigs” running around below ground level.
The Cubs should tear the place down and start over. If we lose the tourists from Iowa, so be it.

4 years 5 months ago

Why was notsureifsrs banned again?

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

SERIOUSLY

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

Has to be because of his “Drunk driving shouldn’t be a crime” thread. Or he apparently made a comment pertaining to the driving abilities of Asians.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 5 months ago

Not to mention that the Yanks have several strong pitching prospects that project to be at or close to MLB ready by 2012, and Nova could turn out to be excellent. That said, with the contracts they have in place, and the possibility of needing to re-sign CC, should he opt out, it is highly doubtful the Yanks would spend $27MM per season to sign Pujols as a 1B/DH, in duplication with Tex and Posada.

4 years 5 months ago

Attempting to sign Cliff Lee for 23 million a year (or whatever it was) is reducing payroll?

GoAwayNow
4 years 5 months ago

Being a fat guy, going to Fenway sucks. My grandfathers generation may have been fit from all those wars, but I’m sure as hell not small enough to enjoy it.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

If the Yanks signed Lee then it’s doubtful the sign Soriano. Pettitte would still retire. Payroll probably wouldn’t have increased at all w/ the signing.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

“Adrian Gonzalez has wanted to play for Boston since the trade talks started to talk place two years ago.”

-Based on? I mean other than pllasking him what he feels about being traded to Boston and giving them the usual ” I would love it” answer, why would he be in love with Boston as opposed to……Los Angeles?

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe you were unaware that there are 2 wars going on. Go join one.

GoAwayNow
4 years 5 months ago

Yea I was joking, but thanks for the advice. Douche.

pierre
4 years 5 months ago

if it was 7 for $150 million the cards would have him signed already. again, please try to come back to reality.