AL East Links: Kazmir, Orioles, Epstein, Wakefield

The Red Sox announced minor league deals with Ross Ohlendorf and Mauro Gomez earlier today. Here are the rest of the links from their division…

  • The Red Sox will not be one of the teams in attendance for Scott Kazmir's workout tomorrow, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). The southpaw's audition was supposed to be today, but it was pushed back.
  • Korean pitching prospect Seong-Min Kim originally agreed to a $575K deal with the Orioles, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports.
  • Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun hears that while MLB hasn't approved the contract between the Orioles and the 17-year-old left-hander, MLB didn't technically void it. In any case it seems the deal for Kim will not go through as originally announced.
  • A Red Sox official expects compensation for Theo Epstein to be finalized "very soon," Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets. The Red Sox and Cubs recently sent briefs to the commissioner's office explaining their perspective on the issue of how to compensate Boston for Epstein's departure to Chicago.
  • Agent Barry Meister didn't comment on whether Tim Wakefield will accept a minor league deal from the Red Sox, Gordon Edes of tweets. It doesn't appear that Wakefield will accept the offer, Edes writes.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.

65 Responses to AL East Links: Kazmir, Orioles, Epstein, Wakefield Leave a Reply

  1. Blanketsburg 3 years ago

    With Wakefield being one of my favourite players, it’s difficult to watch him struggle. He wasn’t Lackey-bad, but he certainly wasn’t much better. He deserves plenty of respect for his career, but I think it’s time he hangs up his spikes and takes an administrative or special assistant/consultant role with the team.

  2. Ron Loreski 3 years ago

    The Theo Epstein stuff is more annoying than the Oswalt and Burnett stuff combined.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      you should complain about it on every post. really livens things up

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      you should complain about it on every post. really livens things up

  3. Please Cubs just send J. Baker to Boston so this can end and the Cubs can move on.

  4. Karkat 3 years ago

    Guys we’re missing the really big news here: Ross Ohlendorf!!!

    (I think it’d be hilarious if he plays a role in the bullpen though. Aceves, Melancon, and Ohlendorf shutting down the Yankees for 4 innings in a game would be the coolest thing)

  5. Mike1L 3 years ago

    This is going to be a blast when the compensation decree is handed down by Selig.  Make it fair, Commissioner.  People are going to be unhappy whatever you do, so you might as well do it soon, and let the two teams adapt afterwards.  

  6. lefty177 3 years ago

    No way, the Sox aren’t in on a pitcher that’s trying to prove himself??

  7. mstrchef13 3 years ago

    Boston’s compensation will be Alfonso Soriano and his contract.

  8. BoSoXaddict 3 years ago

    I bet it will be Tory McNutt.

  9. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    Scott Kazmir or Brandon Webb?

  10.  Wasn’t Wake supposed to make up his mind last weekend?

  11. Tyler 3 years ago

    I think your vision is clouded. 

  12. Better luck with blasting a womp rat in your T-16, you’d have.

  13. Better luck with blasting a womp rat in your T-16, you’d have.

  14. Tyler 3 years ago

    You can have Theo back. Let him collect that multi-million dollar contract to be a lame duck GM. We keep our draft pick (1st rd) and these other astronomical wishes. We’ll just pick him back up come the 2013 season.

  15. Tyler 3 years ago

    Its not considered tampering if you ALLOW him to talk to the Cubs Organization while under contract. Boston basically shot themselves in the foot by allowing this.

  16. Brad426 3 years ago

     Old already, that has gotten.

  17. $1519287 3 years ago

    Loving your posts, I am. 

    – ECB

  18. $1519287 3 years ago

    Loving your posts, I am. 

    – ECB

  19. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

    How original. 

  20. redsx968 3 years ago

    We had a nice streak where the joke was out of commission… you just had to bring it back. But seriously it’s not that it’s not funny- the Sox collapse was embarrassing for me but I acknowledge the thought of lackey lester and beckett eating chicken and boozing in the clubhouse is hilarious. But, like any joke, when you are 4 months late after incessant repetition of that joke for those 4 months, its not funny.

    TL;DR=> the situation was/is funny. As were the jokes for the first few weeks. Now they straight up aren’t funny

  21. phee17 3 years ago


  22. johnsilver 3 years ago

     You forgot to add useless, pointless, child like.. Can add more, but everyone gets the point am pretty sure.

  23. johnsilver 3 years ago

     You forgot to add useless, pointless, child like.. Can add more, but everyone gets the point am pretty sure.

  24. Tyler 3 years ago

    Its NOT tampering. Boston’s F.O. granted them permission to speak with him. So you might as well throw that claim out the window. 

  25. wolf9309 3 years ago

     well, at one point, Lucchino mentioned that the Cubs had talked to Theo before the Sox had given permission, which the Sox were not thrilled about.  It got pretty much forgotten about after that though, which makes me think it probably happens most of the time

  26. Karkat 3 years ago

     They didn’t shoot themselves in the foot. It was miraculous that we were able to get rid of Theo a year early!

  27. Tyler 3 years ago

    Lucchino will say anything to make up for one of the biggest collapses in BoSox history. 

  28. Please tells us where that quote can be found.

  29. wolf9309 3 years ago

     I’m not sure how saying that made up for anything.  It certainly didn’t make the September Red Sox suck any less.

  30. Tyler 3 years ago

    The Sox wanted Theo out anyways. Because they new they had their Golden Pony Boy in Cherrington coming in next season anyways

  31. Proof of tampering please.

  32. johnsilver 3 years ago

     No chance on that for sure. Epstein will make smarter picks in the future for certain than hendry did and he is counting on that pick.

  33. Jon Glorioso 3 years ago

    If draft picks can’t be traded, I seriously doubt the Commissioner will set a precedent by giving the Cubs pick away.

  34. wolf9309 3 years ago

     I didn’t say they were gonna get a draft pick, I’m just saying there was tampering involved.  I don’t think the Sox are gonna get any real value.

  35. Tyler 3 years ago

    Alright you talked us into it. You can have Rodrigo Lopez. 

  36. davbee 3 years ago

    Draft picks can’t be traded, but they can be forfeited for signing a free agent, so there is a precedent.

  37. OK. That’s twice. Where is your proof.

  38. baseball52 3 years ago

    It offers just as much as an irrational call for Starlin Castro, Matt Garza or Anthony Rizzo.

  39. Tyler 3 years ago

    Keep dreaming on that one bud.

  40. Karkat 3 years ago

    Eh, I do that all the time in Beggar’s Canyon back home.

  41. Tyler 3 years ago

    You also forgot Brett Jackson or Junior Lake. 

  42. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I seem to recall the Boston FO asking even for Garza originally and have a feeling Boston will still end up with a whole lot more than the discards many Cubs fans are hoping will be awarded.

    I (for one) am hoping it will be more than Vitters, but am still hoping.

  43. Tyler 3 years ago

    Just because you ask doesnt mean you will always receive.

  44. Ry.the_Stunner 3 years ago

     Except Theo wasn’t a “free agent”, he was technically traded.

  45. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Was going to reply to the post below that was incorrect and irrelevant, but couldn’t believe this one…

    Boston was not going to let Boston go.. he wanted this job in Chicago and have serious doubts that you even know the 1st thing about the organization, other than what a few people have posted here.

    He took the job in Chicago, solely because it was a challenge to rebuild an organization that was in disary and was one he was after, not because Boston was going to “can” him at all.

    This is the last time and going to waste any type space with your posts.. Old Nascar saying goes.. Trophy ain’t worth the chase…

  46. NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

     Too late…he’s already under contract with the Cubs now.

  47. Tyler 3 years ago

    Boston was not going to let Boston go.
    What does that mean?

  48. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    I think another factor was that he wanted to get out of his own mess.  He left Boston in disarray.

  49. petrie000 3 years ago

    Sox fans can hope… but Selig’s not gonna ignore every other precedent ever set in regards to Front Office personel taking promotions with other teams. compensation will be primarily financial.

  50. petrie000 3 years ago

    Sox fans can hope… but Selig’s not gonna ignore every other precedent ever set in regards to Front Office personel taking promotions with other teams. compensation will be primarily financial.

  51. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    boston will give them significant compensation

  52. vtadave 3 years ago

    Fired for this comment you should be.

  53. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    they can have Lake, what do we need another shortstop for, we already have a dilemma in the making with Baez. I just don’t see Lake as ‘significant’ compensation, so they’ll still complain.

  54. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    that would make sense for any commissioner, but this is Selig we’re talking about. he’s pure evil.

  55. imachainsaw 3 years ago

     but they still get to ya, that’s what makes it funny

  56. redsx968 3 years ago

    the thing is they don’t get to me. I made the jokes as well. The Sox deserve for all of baseball to take a fat deuce on their chests for that whole debacle. I’m just saying that like every joke it’s run its course. Like the Cashman “can he pitch?” jokes, or the “obscure minor league signing? World Series!” jokes. what happened happened and it was embarrassing and hilarious. But the jokes have sort of lost their zing. Whatever. just my opinion i guess

  57. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

     You know what he meant, but it still made me laugh…

  58. Tyler 3 years ago

    There has been talk that Lake will quite possibly be moved to the hot corner. 

  59. Proof of this?

  60. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    so where does Baez fit into the equation if that happens? it’s a real logjam in the left side of the infield, and there’s also Vitters. I heard the talks of moving Vitters to a corner OF spot, but if the Cubs sign Soler, with Jackson and Szczur there’s no OF room. and Vitters has played 1B last season, but now with Rizzo that’s not an option. my ideal scenario would be shift Baez to third, and have Lake and Vitters battle it out for 2nd, or if the compensation is one of the two I guess it all works itself out.

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