AL East Notes: Uehara, Reyes, Red Sox

The Yankees are discussing a possible A.J. Burnett trade with Pittsburgh and the Orioles agreed to terms with Luis Ayala on a one-year deal earlier today. Here are some more AL East updates…

  • The Orioles maintain interest in Koji Uehara of the Rangers, even after adding Matt Lindstrom and Ayala this week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.
  • Ayala and Dennys Reyes grew up together in a small town in Mexico, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets. Both Paragon Sports International clients signed with the Orioles this offseason.
  • The Red Sox have not avoided arbitration with David Ortiz,’s Buster Olney clarified this morning (Twitter link).
  •'s Jayson Stark suggests the Red Sox are still in play for Roy Oswalt, even though the right-hander doesn’t seem to want to sign in Boston.

21 Responses to AL East Notes: Uehara, Reyes, Red Sox Leave a Reply

  1. jwsox 3 years ago

    The red sox are still in play for oswalt. Even though he seems to not want to sign with them. How does that make sense. Stark is horrible.

    • EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

      I assume it probably means that the Red Sox themselves have interest and would like to sign them however Oswalt himself sees the Sox as a last resort.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      not confusing if you’ve been following the story. boston isn’t his preferred landing spot (“seems not to want to play there”) but he has not ruled them out as has explicitly several other teams (“they are still in play”)

  2. chris_synan1 3 years ago

    ya..know…i hate red sox ownership, they have to trade marco scutaro so they can sign cody ross and free up salary, the sad part is that scutaro is only like 2% of there salary, the advantage of being the red sox is that you can keep someone like scutaro and get cody ross and also sign a free agent like kuroda, Beltran…but no, a billion dollar operation can’t do those things because they want to win the heart of the people in england back because Liverpool as been sucking for years, by spending 275 million dollars on players to sign with Liverpool….makes me wonder if the three of them didn’t buy a soccer club, who they could have signed ….

    • ellisburks 3 years ago

      They are two different things. One has nothing to do with the other. The Red Sox are just trying to stay under the luxury tax in baseball.

      • chris_synan1 3 years ago

        false….let me explain this to you actually Roush Fenway is one big operation Owned by Lucchino,Henry,Werner…..they have billions of dollars invested in Roush Fenway,they own the Red Sox and Liverpool so your telling me that the money is not coming from the same place…i’m not asking them to have signed Wilson or Fielder…i’m just saying that it is sad that they have to move marco scutaro’s 6 mill contract just to sign Cody Ross…. they are rich as hell and only spent 10 million this offseason….i mean im talking 6 million it is like peanuts to them…no we are have buried a hole at SS….and they are spending loads of money on players they only seen on youtube…im not saying spend 275 million like they did last year at least adress some issues

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      i knew you were from weei before i even clicked your avatar

  3. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Who needs a NL castoff, over-the-hill, oft-injured, starting pitcher, with recurring back problems?

    Not the Red Sox.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      needs? no, probably not. wants and could certainly use? definitely the red sox. and about a dozen other teams

  4. johnsilver 3 years ago

    One has to wonder when Boston will pull the offer or at the least make it a start the season at AAA and get some starts there. If he piddles around another..Say 3 weeks, then Boston (or any other smart team) is going to want more time to get familiar with a SP before banking so heavily on someone they will count on to take the ball every 5 days.

    IMO, he is hurting himself throwing so many road blocks up if he is even considering playing seriously this year.

    If he wants to sign with the Cards.. Then take the job as a swingman and do it, or if he wants to retire? Go ahead and announce it.

    It’s time for Cherrington to just say “look, you have 48 hours or our offer is gone” they have enough retreads to fill that last spot without him.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      they’re pretty much already operating as if he won’t be with the team. it’s not as if they’ll have to scramble if he declines at the last minute so i don’t see any benefit in giving oswalt an ultimatum

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        My thought on that is if someone is doing a superb job (say.. Padilla, maybe even Cook) and then they sign Oswalt the 2nd week of March. Oswalt just jumps right over padilla and right into the rotation and probably isn’t even ready to throw 6IP by the time the #5 starter has to go.

        There has to be some point where *if* he is signed that he starts in the minors to get into shape, or not at all was maybe a better way to word it.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          what makes you think oswalt isn’t going to be ready? i mean if it gets to that point i would agree with you, but until then oswalt is a way better option than padilla could ever dream of being

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            I agree Oswalt is a better option if he was signed and in camp at the beginning.

            My point is say if they signed him late, he didn’t want to throw a couple of games at Pawtucket to get stretched out 1st. I didn’t make that clear? Sometimes don’t here am aware…

            If Padilla/Cook/Wilson..1 of them was throwing well and then Oswalt showed up, made..Say 3 fair at best starts, then got the nod out of ST, just because he is *Roy Oswalt* that is not the best move if he is not ready and 1 of the others was looking decent in ST and might have given the team a few starts before oswalt got ready at pawtucket.

            Hopefully that cleared things up?

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            gotcha. i was confused when you said it’s time for cherington to give him 48 hours. i agree that there is a point at which he needs to do that, but we’re not there yet imo

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            LOl yeah that to. I get impatient at times…

            Cherrington isn’t going to pull that deal though yet am pretty sure.

  5. Oswalt wants to go to places where the teams don’t need him and he doesnt’t want to go places where they do want him. That is why he is still unsigned. He might as well sign a one year deal and try again next season. The Rangers would take him as a reliever.

  6. Oswalt wants to go to places where the teams don’t need him and he doesn’t want to go to teams where they do want him.  That is why he is still unsigned.  He might as well sign a one year deal and try again next season.  The Rangers would take him as a reliever.

  7. BoSoXaddict 3 years ago

    Enough is enough. Make a decision already Roy, jeze.

  8. pft2 3 years ago

    I am a Red Sox fan and I am so sick and tired of hearing about Oswalt and where he wants to play and where he does not I hope he does not sign with the Red Sox.

    Sounds like he is scared to death what the AL East and Fenway will do to his ERA and prospects for a 2013 contract.

  9. I think Oswalt knows that Boston has begun their downward spiral.  Toronto will be claiming third place this year and the next couple to follow.  This will leave Baltimore and Boston to battle for the two remaining spots.  Boston’s woes will surely continue as their leadership (management and higher echelon) is temporary clueless and we will see a future plagued with injuries, tempers, and finger pointing.  How humiliating it must be to have one of the highest payrolls and have to make excuses for lack of performance.  It might be a good time to change the strategy and start a rebuilding process.  I think Boston will be about the only ones not to see it coming.  Denial is a hard spot to progress from but a necessary one. 

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