AL East Links: Rays, Epstein, O’s, Eveland, DePaula

Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose stole second, third and home all during the eighth inning of the Jays' 3-2 win over the Red Sox today in Grapefruit League action.  The young outfielder will begin the season in the minors but he's definitely drawing attention — Baseball America named Gose as baseball's 39th-best prospect in its preseason rankings.

Some news from around the AL East….

  • With B.J. Upton and Sam Fuld starting the season on the DL, the Rays are looking for outfield help, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).
  • The Red Sox and Cubs seemed to have completed the compensation package for Theo Epstein's move to Chicago earlier today, but Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald hears from a team source that the Sox aren't quite satisfied.  Chris Carpenter underwent elbow surgery on Wednesday and while the Red Sox believe the Cubs gave up Carpenter with no knowledge of any injury problems, Boston "is weighing its options" about whether the matter should be revisited.
  • Dan Duquette told reporters (including Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun) that before Spring Training ends, the Orioles "have a few player contracts we need to resolve in camp, and we have had some tertiary trade discussions.”
  • Connelly thinks Duquette will try to trade Dana Eveland (designated for assignment earlier today) if the Orioles think the southpaw will get claimed on waivers.  Eveland, for his part, tells Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (Twitter link) that he will accept a minor league assignment if he clears waivers and the O's wish to keep him.
  • Rafael DePaula passed his physical and his Yankees contract is now official, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.  The right-hander initially signed a $500K deal with New York in November 2010 but his attempt to get a visa was delayed since DePaula used to play under a false identity and was suspended by Major League Baseball in 2009.


22 Responses to AL East Links: Rays, Epstein, O’s, Eveland, DePaula Leave a Reply

  1. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    Good old Duquette and his tertiary trade discussions.  After this offseason I am not sure I want to see him make any more trades. 

    • As my legal adviser, is tertiary correctly used in this instance?  I think not.

      • Rabbitov 3 years ago

        He probably figured out he used it incorrectly and laughed awkwardly.  

        Then traded Wieters for a backup SS.

        • I almost woke up the gf because I laughed so hard when I saw that in my email.

        • Quizicat 3 years ago

           Actually I heard he traded Wieters for a backup catcher.

  2. Dylan 3 years ago

    Gose is a boss.

    • The Phillies will miss him.  Actually, they already do.

      • Dylan 3 years ago

        This is true.

        The Oswalt trade hurts because it didn’t pan out like it was suppose to. The Pence trade will hurt as well. I didn’t think so at first, but when they managed to get Domingo Santana as well, I was saddened. Hunter is great and all, but I think Santana and Singleton will be nice players. The trade won’t hurt of the Phollies lock Pence up for the next 7 years (this and next year included)

        • A big reason why the price tag for Oswalt was so steep was because of the cash in the trade.  The Astros kicked in $11 million in the deal, not sure if that was something they did to get a better prospect, or something the Phillies asked for to get payroll help.  Either way, I was fine with that trade.  Roy was dominating down the stretch in 2010.

          Pence………I just can not justify in my mind giving up the best hitting (Singleton) and pitching (Cosart) prosects for a corner outfielder who has never hit more than 25 HR in any year.  Like you, I like Hunter, but Amaro overpaid or over-evalutated the price that needed to be paid, in my opinion.

  3. Ryan 3 years ago

    Maybe Aaron rowand will find a job with the rays?

  4. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    A’s still remain a perfect trading partner for the rays, now even more if they want outfield depth…

    • joeybw 3 years ago

       We also want Kurt Suzuki. Beane and Friedman are too smart not to figure something out.

      • Snoochies8 3 years ago

        i definitely agree, been saying since the summer suzuki would be perfect for the rays, especially with their young staff. only problem now is the catching depth we had in the summer all of a sudden disappeared with the injury to sizemore causing donaldson to shift to third and powell being released. because of that, i’m not AS for a suzuki trade as i was, but i’m not against one at all.

  5. lolredsox

  6. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    So the Jays minor league team beat Red Sox squad A team? Meh it’s just spring training.

    Then Gose curbstomps in 8th inning by stealing 3 bases. Only if 1B could be stolen, he would’ve done that too.

    • You can steal first if the 3rd strike bounces in the dirt.

      • jb226 3 years ago

        I know the kind of play you’re referring to, but is it actually considered a steal?  I thought it was scored as a strikeout plus either a passed ball or wild pitch, depending.

    • Bombastic_Dave 3 years ago

      Home stolen on Saltalamacchia’s toss back to the pitcher.  Wish we could have seen it.  Amazing.

  7. YodaMyNameIs 3 years ago

    Just in this is: also reconsidering the trade of Babe Ruth to the Yankees the Red Sox are.  Crying into your clam chowder a path to the dark side…meditate Bobby V. must.

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