AL East Notes: Blue Jays, Blanton, Yankees, Pineda

On this day in 1966, the Orioles acquired catcher Cam Carreon from the Indians in exchange for leftfielder Lou Piniella.  Sweet Lou became an everyday major leaguer in 1969 with the Royals and made his way back to the American League East with the Bombers in 1974.  Here's what's happening in the AL East today..

  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos scouted today's Phillies game and left after Joe Blanton exited the game, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  
  • Even though Brandon League has blossomed into an All-Star closer for the Mariners, Anthopoulos has no regrets about the trade that shipped League to Seattle and brought Brandon Morrow to Toronto, writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.  The Blue Jays signed Morrow to three-year, $21MM contract extension this winter with a team option for 2015.
  • Red Sox right-hander Michael Bowden is out-of-options and fighting to make the big league roster, writes Alex Speier of  The 25-year-old appeared in 14 games for the BoSox last season.
  • There's a great deal of excitement surrounding Michael Pineda as he gets set for his first year in pinstripes, but GM Brian Cashman is looking to pump the brakes on fans' expectations for him, writes Jeff Bradley of the Star-Ledger.  Cashman doesn't view Pineda as an "instant number two" but instead as a long-term asset with a great deal of promise.

32 Responses to AL East Notes: Blue Jays, Blanton, Yankees, Pineda Leave a Reply

  1. $22264602 3 years ago

    All star closer for the Mariners?  What a waste.

  2. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I would like to see Bowden get a really good look and that WEEI article is yet another look at how francona had his “pets” on the team and if you were not on that list?? You were pretty much out of luck, same with getting another chance if he didn’t care for you.

    Side note.. Sure Toronto.. Go ahead and acquire Blanton.. The rest of the AL East is relishing the opportunity to knock him around. Farrell can’t even fix him.

    • John06279 3 years ago

      the phillies wou;d love to trade Blanton, then they’ll go out and get someone much better

    • rockfordone 3 years ago

      Agree with you on Bowden. As a Chicago area kid, would like to see the White Sox get him.

    • John06279 3 years ago

      also Bowden had plenty of chances but couldn’t put back to back good appearences together, not dependable

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Whenever he got called up, he would sit for days and days, then pitch and sit for days again. One time he was called up and never got into a game the entire week. it’s hard to be effective for anyone under those circumstances.

        I agree bowden was pretty bad in ’09 when he had his chance, but he never really got a fair shake after that. francona had his pets and if you were on that list? you had to stink really bad for a long time to get off of it.

    • johnsmith4 3 years ago

      Jealous Boston can’t afford Blanton? 😀

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        I Have posted this here before.. A healthy Lackey in the AL have far more faith in than Blanton.. Lackey pitched nearly the entire 2011 season needing TJ surgery, but prior to that was a pretty good pitcher.. Blanton just flat out has no out pitch and has been mediocre even in the NL.

        • johnsmith4 3 years ago

          Just having fun with you….Can only see Jays being interested in Blanton if McGowan or Ceciil runs into a problem during spring training….plus…Blanton keeps his FB velocity in the 90s in ST like he did at the end of last season.

          • Coollet 3 years ago

            Not with all the prospects waiting to take over.

          • johnsmith4 3 years ago

            I doubt AA mimics what Boston did with Doubrant & Bowden. He will bring up Hutchison & McGuire only when he is certain they are ready. Similar to what he did with Henderson Alvarez.

          • Coollet 3 years ago

            Drew may be MLB ready and McGuire may not be gfar behind. Besides we have Drabek as well Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone on the MTS High Speed Mobility Network

  3. Blue387 3 years ago

    Is there any way Bowden can get his walk rate down?

  4. slider32 3 years ago

    Cashman pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the additions of Pineda and Kuroda. The Yanks know have an ace, two #2s, and two #3s. Garcia their #6 pitcher has won a least 12 games 10 years in the majors. This is not the best pitching in baseball, but with their team always #1 or 2 in runs they will do very well.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      I’m sorry, but signing a FA and trading a valuable bat for a valuable arm is not a ‘rabbit out of a hat’

      • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

        no in the press conference he actually had an oversized hat and had Pineda wear a rabbit suit so he can pull him out, the kids loved it, a bit narcissistic in my opinion 

  5. Braydon Gervais 3 years ago

    …Blanton? As a Jays fan for the love of god, PLEASE A.A….

    Do. Not. Do. IT!

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      yah because Brett Cecil is so awesome right 

      • Coollet 3 years ago

        Awesome at losing weight. He’s literally half the man he was, i’m willing to wait and see what comes of this.

        • What I want to know is how much weight did he gain during the season/at the very start of the offseason?

      • johnsmith4 3 years ago

        Cecil might still have a problem with his velocity. I doubt the team holds its nose to it if this is the case.

  6. Amorak 3 years ago

    I don’t know what all Alex Anthopoulos had to say about Brandon League but it would have been cool for him to say that it would be great if the Jays could have both Brandons. To say that there are no regrets is a little off-putting and suggests a better-off-without-him attitude. Not classy. I hope he didn’t phrase it quite the way it’s reported here. League is a success and a great value to his team.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      not classy? lol

      get over it he just said he didn’t regret it..

    • $22264602 3 years ago

      That fact you even percieved the comment that way shows how little you know Alex Anthopoulos.

  7. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    He could run too.

  8. Coollet 3 years ago

    I’m willing to see, that’s all I said. If he sucks, Cecil meet bullpen. No love lost. Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone on the MTS High Speed Mobility Network

  9. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

     says the anonymous opinionater

    lol, seriously get over yourself. 

  10. Amorak 3 years ago

    I ain’t pretending anything other…

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