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 WEEI.com.  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.


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32 Comments on "AL East Notes: Blue Jays, Blanton, Yankees, Pineda"


$22264602
3 years 5 months ago

All star closer for the Mariners?  What a waste.

John06279
3 years 5 months ago

someone has to represent them on the all star team

CitizenSnips
3 years 5 months ago

Was going to be my exact reply.

LazerTown
3 years 5 months ago

Felix isn’t good enough?

vilifyingforce
3 years 5 months ago

Unhittable at home. Below average on the road.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

rockfordone
3 years 5 months ago

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

John06279
3 years 5 months ago

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

johnsilver
3 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

Jealous Boston can’t afford Blanton? 😀

johnsilver
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

Not with all the prospects waiting to take over.

johnsmith4
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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

Blue387
3 years 5 months ago

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

slider32
3 years 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 

Braydon Gervais
3 years 5 months ago

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

Do. Not. Do. IT!

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

yah because Brett Cecil is so awesome right 

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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

Amorak
3 years 5 months 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 5 months ago

not classy? lol

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

$22264602
3 years 5 months ago

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

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 5 months ago

He could run too.

Coollet
3 years 5 months 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

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

 says the anonymous opinionater

lol, seriously get over yourself. 

Amorak
3 years 5 months ago

I ain’t pretending anything other…