AL East Notes: Aviles, Rays, Blue Jays, Jenks

Mariano Rivera recorded his 601st career save yesterday against the Blue Jays, tying Trevor Hoffman for the all-time mark. John Harper of the New York Daily News writes that, while Joe Girardi isn't about to keep Rivera out of a save situation if one arises today, it would be nice if the Yankees didn't have to use their closer again in Toronto. New York begins an eight-game homestand tomorrow, which could allow Rivera to notch the record-setting save in Yankee Stadium. Here are the rest of this morning's AL East notes:

  • Mike Aviles told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that he asked the Royals to trade him at the deadline this season, knowing he wasn't a part of the team's long-term plans. Aviles has been an important acquisition for the Red Sox, given the injuries to Jed Lowrie and Kevin Youkilis. The utility man has hit .361/.373/.458 in part-time action since arriving in Boston.
  • Within the same piece, Rosenthal notes that you could argue the Rays should have added a bat at the deadline, given their current presence in the Wild Card race. However, the club was 8 1/2 games out of the Wild Card at the time, and didn't want to compromise their team defense for an offensive upgrade.
  • John Tomase discusses Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays in a piece for the Boston Herald, and the Jays GM offers a few interesting quotes. Anthopoulos says the primary challenge of the AL East isn't going up against the massive payrolls of the Red Sox and Yankees, but rather competing with a handful of smart general managers who know how to run a team.
  • More Anthopolous, on the most efficient way for the Blue Jays to add talent: "The trade route where we are right now is important for us. It's going to be a big part of what we're doing and it is. Free agency is the last route we want to go. At some point we'll have to start delving into it a little more, but I still want to try to avoid it at all costs. If we try to do this through the draft, it's going to be a while. And it's not going to work and we're not going to get it to time properly."
  • Bobby Jenks tells Michael Vega of the Boston Globe that he's disappointed the first season of his two-year deal with the Red Sox turned out so poorly. He's optimistic about being ready for Spring Training and being able to contribute in 2012 though. The reliever says that although he hasn't undergone his spine surgery yet, the doctors are talking about "weeks and not months" for the recovery.


22 Responses to AL East Notes: Aviles, Rays, Blue Jays, Jenks Leave a Reply

  1. grownice 4 years ago

    Thank god, no more albatross contracts for the Jays, AA’s trades have been promising for the most part and the Jays have prospects to spare, makes perfect sense to try to aquire via trade then overpay for free agents when your not quite ready to contend anyways.

    • Coollet 4 years ago

      its brilliant on AA’s part, he makes our team stronger while weakening others!

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      He did say that eventually they must “dwelve” into the market. However, I agree with him about his building from within policy.

      • grownice 4 years ago

        Yes everyone has to eventually but untill he feels hes close, there’s no reason to over pay for a fielder etc when you havent even tested what other clubs are willing to part with considering the jays have a tons of intriguing players to offer.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          i don’t trust a word he says. even when i read his words on a screen i check for my wallet after

  2. Do you feel better now that you’ve got your angry rant/tantrum out?

    [a reply to the appropriately named “angry3″]

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      looking forward to the jays becoming contenders, slumping for a week or two after the all-star break and hearing those types call for AA’s head. comes with the territory

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Thats already begun, cheers to the guy I had to argue with about how
        the jays supposedly got fleeced for ‘all star’ closer brandon league.

        • That’s the fault of guys like Richard Griffin and Bob McCown. 

          • Richard Griffin in the worst. Bob McCown is a fan who likes to throw in contraversy every once in a while. Take it with a grain of salt.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            McCown is a great personality, he just doesn’t fully understand the game.. he doesn’t approach it as an expert, so yes you are right.. but Griffin makes his living off discussing and knowing baseball.. which is the equivalent to someone paying me on my knowledge of quantum phsyics

  3. i wrote a nice long post making fun of angry3 but mlbtr didn’t approve.  Now I haz a sad.

  4. I actually thank the Rays for exposing JP as the flim-flam man that he was. Always complaining about money, he took the money Ted gave him and spent it on jump-starting a failing system with… AJ, BJ and Frank Thomas.

    Imagine instead if he poured those bucks into overslot deals in the June draft.

    Every parameter going says the Jays have improved remarkably over the two years AA has been in charge. Carry on Alex.

  5. Otis26 4 years ago

    Aviles is such an arrogant @zz. I’m so glad he’s not longer a Royal. For the sake of his ego he has to say that he asked to be traded – just like Greinke. Don’t know why these guys are so worried about the circumstances of their trade, but I wish they would just shut up and move on like we fans have.

    I know no one wants to say that they were no longer needed on a team that loses 90 games annually…but maybe you really weren’t as good as you thought. (That statement applies to Aviles.)

    Aviles ‘in limited duty’ does just fine. When he gets regular duty he’s Angel Berroa. Good riddance.

  6. You must lead a sad, lonely existence.  You have my pity.

  7. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    you know, for a guy who hates everything about the organization, you sure do come on here to ramble on and on about them an awful lot.

    Why not just root for another team? or are you one of those fickle fans that just complains complains complains, but then when they win and things turn around your first in line telling people that you’ve been around forever?

  8. wow… cynical/illogical much?

    i think you are trying much too hard to paint the jays like their hockey brethren. 
    i fail to see how rogers would be satisfied with the current jays situation. its certainly better than it was a couple years ago, but i think its fair to speculate that they are still losing money on the team. why any business would be ok with that, even if they provide content for their cable network, is beyond me. they hired anthopoulos precisely because they think he can turn the jays into a sustainable and profitable arm of their company. when you’re talking baseball in toronto, that means winning. 

    you claim that fans will never notice if the team doesnt contend. yeeeaaaa… OK. even now, 2 years into AA’s tenure, fans are getting impatient with the building process. if you’ve been on these forums, they are full of fans clamoring for fielder/pujols. if that goes on for another season or two, and the jays do not take the next step as a team you’ll start seeing angry fanposts calling for AA’s head. thats the way sports works, especially in a losing city like toronto where the fans would kill to have a winning team.

    why would they increase their scouting dept., splurge in Latin America and on the draft, and take on risk and financial burdens in order to acquire guys like morrow, escobar, lawrie and rasmus if they werent trying to win? those are marks of AA’s vision and smarts, but also signs of rogers commitment to the team and to winning.

    this post probably didnt merit a response, so maybe i’m the dumb one here. i cant believe i wasted part of my day responding to this…

  9. crashcameron 4 years ago

    you forgot to say “cult-ards” a fourth time. you should use it as often as possible since you made it up and no-one else on the planet will ever use it

  10. Matt Sikorski 4 years ago

    I’ve always wanted know why people think Rogers is such a despicable company.  Because they’re big and successful and makes lots of money?  Because people really hate paying their cable bills?  If it’s the latter, I’m surprised because I always thought Canadians enjoyed giving their money away to people that don’t need it, judging by the tax rate and the country’s left-leaning ways.

  11. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    real fans hate their teams

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