AL East Links: Orioles, Oswalt, Jones, Nova

On this date in 2006, the Yankees acquired infielder Nick Green from the Devil Rays for cash. As our Transaction Tracker shows, it's the only trade ever made between the two division rivals. Here's the latest from the AL East…

  • "We're always interested in the pitching market and any developments in the market," said Orioles GM Dan Duquette to Roch Kubatko of when asked about the team's reported interest in Roy Oswalt. He wouldn't confirm if the club has watched Oswalt throw recently.
  • Duquette also told Kubatko that a contract extension with Adam Jones is not imminent, and he wouldn't confirm if the Orioles and their star center fielder have spoken recently.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles put a waiver claim in on John Gaub, but lost it to the Rangers because they have a better record (Twitter links). Baltimore came into the day 28-17 while Texas is 27-18.
  • “My impression is not only do [the Steinbrenners] all love being part of [owning the Yankees], I think they are interested in handing it to their kids,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman to Joel Sherman of The New York Post when asked about rumors of the team potentially going up for sale.
  • ESPN's Jorge Arangure Jr. wrote about Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova and his path to the big leagues. He worked out for the Red Sox in the Dominican Republic but said "I really didn't want to sign with Boston … My father and I were both Yankee fans."

12 Responses to AL East Links: Orioles, Oswalt, Jones, Nova Leave a Reply

  1. They didn’t trade him as much as sold him. When considering that, the two teams have never completed a trade. 

  2. Usman 3 years ago

    Well Boston wouldn’t want Nova anyway. The kid blows. Funnily enough, despite how bad their pitching staff has been, he wouldn’t have been an improvement.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      As bad as Nova has been, no Boston starter has a higher WAR than him as of now. Beckett is tied with him, but Nova (0.3) has a better WAR than all other Boston starters

      Bucholz: -1.5
      Lester: 0.1
      Doubront: 0.2
      Bard: -0.1

      However I am not saying I’d take Nova over all of them (or any of them for that matter, maybe Doubront and Buccholz though).

      Things will change and I surely don’t expect him to finish with a higher WAR than Lester.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      Any team would be foolish to pas up on a guy who even becomes a borderline major leaguer because the fact is that the overwhelming majority of guys don’t even come anywhere close to that level of success.

    • Yeah. SO you say Cook is better than Nova?

      • MB923 3 years ago

         Or Buccholz for that matter (well I mean this year of course)

  3. Bleed_Orange 3 years ago

    I would love to see the O’s sign Oswalt and trade for another arm.  Britton if his rehab goes well will replace Hunter who will go to the pen and replace Eveland.  Matusz and Arrieta need to have a fire lit underneath them and the last one standing stays in the big leagues the other sent to AAA.  I’d love to see the O’s find a package for Greinkie to replace the arm that goes on the DL (probably Hammel who’s knee is all messed up right now).  Will any of this happen… probably not but its fun to dream.

    • ugen64 3 years ago

      trading for Greinke would be silly. first of all, it’s still extremely unlikely that the O’s will seriously be in contention approaching the trade deadline (I’m a Baltimore fan btw). second, even if they somehow are, what are the chances they’ll a) stay in contention and b) actually perform well in the playoffs? Greinke would be a 1/2 year rental, and to make a deal like that worthwhile, you have to be close enough to a championship that you think signing him would put you over the top. 

      not to mention, do we even have enough prospects to make this deal work? Machado and Bundy are untouchable. who else do we have? sell low on Schoop? Avery? maybe Arrieta or Britton will be valuable at that point, but if they’re pitching well, why not just keep them? 

  4. Lastings 3 years ago

    The Orioles losing a waiver claim because they have a better record than the other claiming team? That has to be a first in O’s history…

    • Havok9120 3 years ago

       The sad part? I can actually see it being the first time post-Ripken.

    • Infield Fly 3 years ago

      That has to be a first in O’s history…

      A first in recent history, sure, but not likely overall. It may have been quite a while ago but the Orioles do have a history of championship caliber teams until the early 80’s.

    • More like every other team

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