AL East Notes: Chavez, Ethier, Jones, Orioles, BoSox

Here's the latest from the AL East…

  • Brian Cashman said there is still a chance Eric Chavez could return to the Yankees, reports ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand.  Chavez could have the edge over other DH types like Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui since Chavez can still play the field.
  • Mike Axisa of the River Avenue Blues blog sees Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier as an intriguing trade deadline possibility for the Yankees.  Ethier would ideally be paired with Andruw Jones as a lefty-righty DH platoon.
  • The Yankees still see Phil Hughes as a starting pitcher long-term and aren't likely to trade Hughes given that his trade value is "at a low point," writes MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.  Last month for Roto Authority, I wrote that Hughes could be a nice dark horse fantasy option if he's healthy and able to win the No. 5 spot in New York's rotation.
  • Orioles GM Dan Duquette tells MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski that he wants to get Adam Jones' 2012 salary settled before exploring a multiyear extension with the center fielder.  "I've said several times that we like Adam Jones as a player and if we were to consider a long-term deal, that is something that we can certainly consider," Duquette said.
  • Melewski also reports that Jones' arbitration case is set to be heard on February 17.  The Orioles' other two outstanding arb cases (Jeremy Guthrie and Brad Bergesen) are scheduled for February 6 and 8, respectively.
  • The Orioles are still looking for another bat, and it will probably have to come through the free agent market, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  The O's had "tepid interest" in Casey Kotchman but had already moved on before Kotchman agreed to terms with the Indians today.
  • The Red Sox have hired veteran scout Gary Hughes as a special assistant to the club, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter).  Hughes has spent 45 years in a variety of different scouting and front office positions for numerous teams, including the last nine years as Jim Hendry's special assistant with the Cubs.
  • The New York Times Co. has sold 100 shares of its ownership stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox, reports MLB.com's Evan Drellich.  The sale will net $30MM for the Times Co.  Between this and a larger sale in July, the Times Co. is down to roughly a third of the 750 units it bought in Fenway Sports Group in 2002.  Major League Baseball still has to approve the sale.


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39 Comments on "AL East Notes: Chavez, Ethier, Jones, Orioles, BoSox"


wickedkevin
3 years 6 months ago

The Times should just buy more shares instead of selling.  Or read the newspaper on how newspapers aren’t selling.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Isn’t that a fact, or just write something believable that people will read instead of rubbish that the Times and it’s sister publications owned by them decide to print.. No wonder the Times just lost another 39m dollars.. Selling this 30m will recoup some of that.. Then I read the just fired CEO got a 21m dollar “booted out the door” bonus.. So I guess if you lead trash long enough you get paid well for it also.

Surprising there are not dolts “occupying” that house of lunacy.

wickedkevin
3 years 6 months ago

“The Red Sox have hired veteran scout Gary Hughes as a special assistant to the club, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today
(via Twitter).  Hughes has spent 45 years in a variety of different
scouting and front office positions for numerous teams, including the
last nine years as Jim Hendry’s special assistant with the Cubs.”

Yankees hire Jim Hendry, we hire someone a little less awful…his assistant. 

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

The O’s are looking for another bat, but aren’t willing to trade and waited way too long.  Also they are sold on ::shudder:: Chris Davis at first.  

Who does that leave? Manny, Damon, Vlad?

3 years 6 months ago

Raul Ibanez can play first…. I am not sure if his play qualifies as well , but he can play first. He does have a smokin hot bat when he’s on, but when he’s cold, he is cold! Other than that I have no idea what Duquette has in store for Oriole fans.
As a side note Duquette has been been genuine about on thing, he plans to build through the draft and it looks like he’s keeping his word! If Guthrie is our opening day starter and therefore our #1, it looks like a lock as of right now. I guarantee that the O’s will have the #1 overall draft pick in 2013.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 6 months ago

I wish that we would just suck enough to grab that #1 pick.  For some reason we are always just good enough to drop to no.3 or 4. 

3 years 6 months ago

To be fair there is (again) about 5 players who are head and shoulders above the rest in the upcoming draft.  Some interesting HS arms, but my money is on Zunino.

Could also see the O’s having a lot of interest in Byron Buxton (HS outfielder)

3 years 6 months ago

Apple is #1

3 years 6 months ago

Appel*

And I wouldn’t want him, though I can definitely see why he’d go first.

Kate
3 years 6 months ago

Ethier as part of a platoon has to be one of the most ridiculous and genuinely insane suggestions I’ve ever read.

I think someone might not actually be too familiar with who Ethier is…

3 years 6 months ago

Did you read the article?  I’m gonna guess no.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

I’m going to guess that person is YOU. I’ll repeat what I said before…What is Ethier good at?….hitting righties. What is Ethier TERRIBLE
at?….hitting lefties and playing defense. So what is the ideal way to
use someone who’s sole skill in the game of baseball is to hit right
handers well if it’s not the lefty 1/2 of a DH platoon? Just because the
MSM says someone is a superstar…..doesn’t mean they are. His name is
better than his actual production. And the Gold Glove he won only put
that award in the proper context. Derek Jeter wins GGs and Brett Gardner
can’t get one. What a joke. Que the Dodgers fans that “have seen him
play in person many times” and his defense is: A) Good B) Better than
people think or C) He catches everything he gets to.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Career:

Vs Righties: .386 wOBA, 139 wRC+
Vs Lefties: .292 wOBA, 77 wRC+

Hmmmmm….

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

Thinking that Ethier in a platoon as one of the most ridiculous and genuinely insane suggestions you’ve ever heard is pretty ridiculous in and of itself.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Seven people who “liked” your comment aren’t familiar with Ethier, either.

3 years 6 months ago

Well I am surprised the Mariners aren’t all over this.
Jack Z seems to dig positional players who can’t play their position. Ethier sounds like exactly what he is looking for in player. Offer the Dodgers the “King” Jack, offer the the “King” for Ethier! Kershaw and Felix in the same rotation and all they would need to do is trade Ethier. Now that would be a plan!

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

still Andre is better than just a platoon DH for freaking Yanks.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

How? Explain to me why his career makes him need to be used in the field or against LHP. I’d love to hear it.

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

How is a GG winner bad defensively?
How many platoon DHs are there that accumulate 3+ WAR every season?
despite struggling against lefties, how many platoon DHs can hit more than 20 HR and drive in more than 75 runs almost every season?
His 162 game average, according to BBref, is still .290+ avg, 21 HR, 85 RBI, and 123 OPS+. All are pretty respectable numbers I believe.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

How are gold gloves a good indication of anything?

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think they are.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

First of all, gold gloves aren’t really a ringing endorsement. Not sure why people still think it is a relevant award.

Secondly, according to Fangraphs, Ethier has eclipsed 3 WAR exactly once in his career.

Lastly, yes he can slug against righties, but you are limiting your offense’s potential by starting him when southpaws are on the mound.

FS54
3 years 6 months ago

I was talking about offensive WAR from BBref.

GG winners may rob others who deserve the award but they are not terrible defenders themselves.

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

Jeter is a GG winner and is bad defensively…..so there’s that.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

None of them are relevant anymore.

All of them, including the writers HOF ballot have become nothing more than a popularity contest.

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

I know, I was attempting to say that just because Ethier won a GG does not mean he’s a capable defender, I thought making the Jeter comparison was clear, I don’t hold any stock in who wins a GG.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

He accomplished the majority of his offensive stats against right-handers.  He’s shouldn’t be on the field vs lefties.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

LOTS of GG winners are bad fielders. I guess you’ve never heard of the Palmeiro incident. RBI is 100% useless. Oh, and he doesn’t play 162 games so that is inflated and still not that good. And regardless of what his numbers look like at the end of the year, he can’t hit lefties. And giving those AB’s to someone who can maximizes your output. He still has broken the 3+ WAR mark on BBref. You can’t just disregard how awful he is in other aspects of the game. The guy just isn’t that good. He mashes righties. That’s it. That is the absolute definition of a platoon DH. A player who sucks at defense and can only hit opposite handed pitchers.

Manfrenjensen
3 years 6 months ago

Is Gary Hughes the compensation for Theo?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

removed

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

What is Ethier good at?….hitting righties. What is Ethier terrible at?….hitting lefties and playing defense. So what is the ideal way to use someone who’s sole skill in the game of baseball is to hit right handers well if it’s not the lefty 1/2 of a DH platoon? Just because the MSM says someone is a superstar…..doesn’t mean they are. His name is better than his actual production. And the Gold Glove he won only put that award in the proper context. Derek Jeter wins GGs and Brett Gardner can’t get one. What a joke. Que the Dodgers fans that “have seen him play in person many times” and his defense is: A) Good B) Better than people think or C) He catches everything he gets to.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Well, to be honest, looking at his career UZR, he does kinda..  suck defensively. No point in looking at the basic stats when the sabermetrics tell you he can’t even get to the ball.

@FS54:disqus : at least you cleared that up. How you worded it made it seem you thought they held some actual significance.

Wek
3 years 6 months ago

The thing is even with Ethier’s terrible numbers against lefties, he’s still putting up an above average performance (.292/.368/.421). If you plantoon him and decrease his ABs by half it would hurt you much more than letting him play against lefties.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Not if you platoon him with a right hander that hits lefties better than .242/.302/.359.  Then you’re maximizing value for your ABs.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

oooofffff. that was some BRUTAL logic. So even though you admit he’s awful, and that there are dozens of players that hit lefties better than him, it’s still better to let him play and put up worse numbers….wow.

hrbomber1113
3 years 6 months ago

thank you. Errors are a bad indicator of defensive value, especially as an outfielder. His advanced statistics say he’s a butcher in the OF. As I said waaaaaaaaaay at the top fs54 lands in category C)where they claim he catches everything he gets to without noticing he’s not getting to much. There aren’t that many OFers who can’t catch fly balls. It depends on how many they can get to.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 6 months ago

Not sure if I correctly understood what you were saying, but Etheir and Swisher wouldn’t both be on the Yankees next year (2013) because Swisher is a FA after this season.  Signing Etheir most likely means they let Swish walk.

Khabibulan
3 years 6 months ago

He and Dunn drink from the same Jo-Boo flask

Yankees420
3 years 6 months ago

I was agreeing with the notion that Ethier should be used in a platoon.