AL East Notes: Red Sox, Roberts, Yankees

The Blue Jays announced today that they’re going to retire Roberto Alomar’s number 12 later this month. When the former second baseman gets enshrined in Cooperstown over the weekend, he’ll become the first inductee to wear a Blue Jays cap into the Hall. A week later, he’ll become the first Blue Jay to have his number retired. Here are links from around the American League East… 

  • The Red Sox are actively looking to improve their roster, according to Alex Speier of Though Boston has made moves out of necessity in recent years, this summer is one of opportunity for Boston's front office, Speier writes. Left-handed relief remains one unsettled area for the first place club. 
  • The Orioles announced that they transferred second baseman Brian Roberts to the 60-day DL to create 40-man roster space for Alfredo Simon, who was reinstated from the restricted list. 
  • The Yankees are unwilling to trade a "big" prospect for a reliever, according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). They expect their bullpen will be fine and are searching for starters (though Ubaldo Jimenez remains a longshot). 
  • The Yankees have been suggesting to teams that they're happy with their bullpen, according to Danny Knobler of

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