AL East Notes: Orioles, Garcia, Rays, Blue Jays

The Red Sox won’t be hiring their next manager today, but they made progress on the managerial front this week. Here’s the latest on Boston’s search and here are some updates on their division rivals…

  • Matt Klentak left the Orioles to be the Angels’ assistant GM because the chance to build a winner with Jerry Dipoto was too good to pass up, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. “This is a great opportunity,” Klentak said. “It has nothing to do with the team and the change in regime [in Baltimore].” 
  • Jon Heyman of says Freddy Garcia’s deal with the Yankees guarantees the right-hander $4MM and includes incentives (Twitter link). Garcia pitched for a $1.5MM base salary this past season but earned a raise with 146 2/3 innings of 3.62 ERA ball.
  •’s Buster Olney highlights some offseason needs for ten MLB teams. For example, the Rays will need to obtain a first baseman and/or a DH and the Blue Jays continue searching for a closer.

44 Responses to AL East Notes: Orioles, Garcia, Rays, Blue Jays Leave a Reply

  1. Leonard Washington 4 years ago

    I def like the Garcia deal for the Yanks. He isn’t elite but he can pitch a solid game more often than not and will be a bit cheaper than Buerhle.

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      How about a lot cheaper than Buerhle. Buerhle will definitely reach 12mm/yr over at least three years.

    • crzycanuck 4 years ago

      Garcia is in his late 30’s and I’ll be really surprised if he somehow managed to duplicate his surprising 2011 campaign.  When you say “a bit cheaper” than Buerhle, you’re kidding right?  Buerhle will be asking for a huge contract and some team will give it to him.  Maybe Boston since they’re desperate for starters.  He might not get the 6yr/$100mil deal Wilson is seeking but I have no doubt that it’ll be at least $8mil a year for 4 years or so.  Then again, Garcia came out of nowhere last year and did very well so you never know. 

      • jjs91 4 years ago

        His season wasnt that surprising he had the same whip and xfip that he had the yr before…

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Definitely agree. Garcia and Buerhle are very similar in their style of pitching and while Buerhle has shown more consistency over the last decade, at this point in time, its safe to say, they are equal back end type guys. With the frenzy for everyone to meet and offer Buerhle a contract, this was a smart move on the Yanks part and now really keeps them focused on their primary goal, find a #2 pitcher. They’re still stacked with prospects and there is still the possibility of Darvish being post.  

      • Leonard Washington 4 years ago

        ok Century agrees and thats great. The rest of you are a bit too hostile though. For one “a bit” can mean more to any amount you feel. Secondly Burehle isn’t getting four guaranteed years so forget about it. He is old and talks retirement every year recently. I stick by what I said that Garcia is a good value comparably. I think he provides the same back end stability with a slightly less amazing resume of health, which you could also say makes him the safer bet, because LIKE 6 consecutive seasons of 200 IP ball (Buerhle) doesn’t make me feel great about durability when your like 3-4 seasons from retirement.

  2. Dave_in_Spain 4 years ago

    I hate links to Insider articles. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word. They frustrate me when I want to read the article but am too cheap (or stubborn) to pay.

  3. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Why don’t the Jays trade Lind for a solid starter  and then bring Canadian-born Prince Fielder to Toronto. Romero, Alvarez, Cecil, Morrow and let’s say Wandy Rodriguez does not look terrible on paper.

    •  He was born in Ontario, CALIFORNIA, not Ontario, Canada. But I do understand how you mistaked that, I did that the first time I read it. “Born: May 9, 1984 in Ontario, CA (Age 27)”

      • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

        Damn, my bad man. I’ve been making these mistakes over the last couple of weeks don’t know what’s going on maybe should be checked. LOL what a fool

      • iains 4 years ago

        Actually, wrong.  He was born in Toronto , Canada.. when Cecil was playing for the Blue Jays.

    • Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

      Bah ha ha!!!

  4. Guest 4 years ago

    You know people neglect to consider why some pitchers have good season and sometimes not when everyone expects them too. A lot of people felt earlier in the season that Jon Lester was due and this could be a Cy Young season for him. It’s apparent he didn’t come close. Point being; I’m a big advocate of how your manager uses you and the strategy involved in the rotation. Girardi used Garcia perfectly and I expect the same. In some regard, I bet Garcia feels the same since he jumped on getting this deal done quickly. You throw a guy like CC then Garcia or a healthy Hughes throwing 96/97 and then Garcia the day after, it’s going to keep hitters off balance. Garcia is also a smart pitcher, he knows how to pitch. I don’t expect Garcia to repeat his numbers from last season, but I don’t expect them to be too much worse. You never know, he could have an even better season. 

  5. kurtits 4 years ago

    Jays fans just have no time for ignorance. 

  6. Jesse Heiman 4 years ago

    Rays could probably get Morales from Angels for a number four starter

  7. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Niemann should be gettable. Maybe Cobb, not sure on that one. 

  8. Onetimeaccount 4 years ago

    Recent history would suggest it with any trade the Rays make. But without a doubt if it involves a pitcher.

  9. Robert5286 4 years ago

    The Rays should re-sign Carlos Pena,and sign any one of the following relievers: Saito, Bettencourt,Oliver, Luis Ayala, Capps, or Kerry Wood. Any of these would provide a decent setup man for Farnsworth. They have the money, or should. Despite poor attendance, they get a yearly check from MLB. (Luxury Tax)

  10. renegadeisback 4 years ago

    Why would the Jays want Niemann? He’s not a #1 or #2, they have plenty of #3, #4’s on the way.

  11. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    He didn’t say anything about a number one, and I don’t know (or care) what the Blue Jays’ rotation situation is. Lind and Encarnacion aren’t getting you Shields or Price. 

  12. cyberboo 4 years ago

    Newsflash:  The Rays don’t deal players to division rivals.  Everyone should know that by now and the Jays aren’t going to downgrade with Davis or Neimann over what they have already.  4th and 5th starters are a dime a dozen. 

  13. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    I was just replying to the original comment. Not implying what the Rays/Jays do or don’t do. Why are Blue Jays fans so defensive? God. 

  14. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    amazing newsflash there.

  15. EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

    Eh, when he saw Ontario,CA prob assumed Canada not California….simple mistake. 

  16. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago


  17. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    dont lump as all in amigo!

  18. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    The likability of Jays fans has gradually deteriorated over the past year or so.

  19. cyberboo 4 years ago

    I apologize if my post singled you out.  It was just a broad statement, brought on by all the stupidity I’ve seen since the season ended.  lol.  Posters have beaten things to death and it gets frustrating after a while.  Whether it is Boston fans angry that they can’t have Farrell, or they want to trade second-rate players that are nothing more than depth for Jays starters, to wanting the Jays to trade their impact players for garbage in return.  It gets tiresome after awhile and as the off season plays out, perhaps many of the posters that drive others nuts will vanish back into the woodwork.  lol.  Perhaps that is why teams like Tampa, etc, don’t have their teams linked with rumours.  Their fans enjoy peace of mind, as other teams get beaten to death.  lol.

  20. Coollet 4 years ago

    Could happen through a three way deal, AA is shrewd

  21. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    If you don’t care or know what the Jay’s need/want then why bother posting suggestions for them???? No need to make fun of a fanbase because you aren’t educated on their team.

  22. JunKim 4 years ago

    Their in-house option is Russ Canzler, MVP player of Triple-A this year who is one year older than Yonder Alonso.  I know minor numbers do not translate into big league numbers though.

    Yonder Alonso at AAA (2011) : .296 .374 .486 in 91 games (International League)
    Russ Canzler at AAA (2011) : .314 .401 .530 in 131 games (International League)

  23. JunKim 4 years ago

    Why not playing him as 1B/DH?  
    Russ Canzler: 8 Seasons 652 games / 1B (7 seasons) 401 games.
    He is more of 1B/DH guy who is capable of playing outfilder when needed. I agree with your opinion of bringing someone like Amador or Branyan but Canzler should deserve a shot and currently he is the most viable option for them unless they bring someone else via trade.

  24. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    Condescension from Blue Jays fans: something that didn’t exist 2 years ago.

  25. JunKim 4 years ago

    Agree on that.  He could be a backup plan but more the better, yes.

  26. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    People should stop posting stupid things then!!

  27. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    Seems other fans are sensing the Jays creeping up in a hurry and are starting to hate on then much like how everyone hates the Yankees!!

  28. Howard 4 years ago

     I’m with him ^

  29. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    I rest my case.

  30. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    That’s right. Jays fans are becoming like Yankee fans: obnoxious and annoying. Stop doing that.

  31. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    At least we can agree on that.

  32. Bluejaysnation 4 years ago

    Everyone thinks other teams fans are obnoxious and annoying. Get over yourself!!

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