AL East Notes: Qualls, Blanton, Blue Jays, Beckett

The Yankees acquired Casey McGehee and the Red Sox acquired Craig Breslow, but the Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays remained relatively quiet on trade deadline day. Here’s the latest from the AL East…

  • The Yankees had planned to designate Chad Qualls for assignment to create roster space for Joba Chamberlain, so trading him to Pittsburgh wasn't a problem for the club, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (on Twitter).
  • The Yankees were in on Ryan Dempster, but talks "never got to crunch time," Marc Carig of the Star Ledger reports (on Twitter).
  • The Orioles continued general discussions about a possible Joe Blanton trade, but never took the next step, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports (on Twitter). "We would have liked to have done a deal or two today, but I don't think we're done adding to the team," executive VP Dan Duquette said, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Sun (on Twitter).
  • The Blue Jays were discussing a trade late Monday, only to see the deal fall apart, GM Alex Anthopoulos said, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star (on Twitter). Griffin suggests the deal was with the Cubs, who were discussing trades involving Matt Garza last night.
  • Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said he didn’t ask Josh Beckett if he’d waive his ten and five rights, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal (on Twitter).


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21 Comments on "AL East Notes: Qualls, Blanton, Blue Jays, Beckett"


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sdsny
2 years 11 months ago

Yankees addition by subtraction. Chad Qualls stinks, but he may pitch well in Pittsburgh. Casey McGehee isn’t all that great but I’d rather have him hitting .220 in the 9th spot in the lineup or something than Chad Qualls coming in and giving up runs.

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Jeremy
2 years 11 months ago

Saying the Jays remained quiet today is false. They acquired Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar at 1:00 am in the morning.

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Jen D
2 years 11 months ago

Depends where you are Jeremy. 😉 It was last night for me when they got Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar. Plus with the team being in Seattle, it was even earlier last night. :)

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Carl Langley
2 years 11 months ago

Congrats Duquette on having an opportunity to bring some fans back to Camden Yards and failing miserably. You had an opportunity to fortify the rotation and get a nice bat at a corner spot or LF and you failed to do so. How are you ever going to win back fans if you aren’t willing to improve a team that has it’s first possible shot at the playoffs in 15 years?

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rudypoo32
2 years 11 months ago

as much as i’d like to see the o’s make the playoffs due to the past 15 years, is it really worth losing prospects that can build on the future for a possible playoff birth and 1 game wild card playoff? yes i mean it’s been awhile, but to be a day away from august and in the race, and to finish above .500 this year, along with making key moves in the offseason, we can be competing for a divison next year. I am certainly unhappy no moves were made, but i can understand the logic as to why they weren’t

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Carl Langley
2 years 11 months ago

When you have a shot, you go for it. How the heck do we even know Bundy and Machado are the future? Who is to say they don’t turn out to be the next Mark Prior and Corey Patterson – two highly rated prospects that never amounted to anything?

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Carl Langley
2 years 11 months ago

That being said, I didn’t want to trade Bundy, but I sure as hell was okay with trading Machado for a pitcher of Greinke or Josh Johson caliber.

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Rabbitov
2 years 11 months ago

Define “have a shot.” I don’t think they do, and I am a diehard O’s fan.

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BradyAndersonsSideburns
2 years 11 months ago

I would rather continue running Tillman, Britton, and Gonzalez and let them gain experience than bring in Blanton who would at best give you the same results as the guys just mentioned. You don’t make a move solely to make a move. I would have liked to see a good starter and a legit third baseman added but I would rather keep their prospects as opposed to overpaying.

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mstrchef
2 years 11 months ago

I’m sorry, but I don’t think that Bluto would have increased ticket sales.

And to counter your argument, how are you ever going to win back fans if you trade two of the top ten prospects in all of baseball for rentals?

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Carl Langley
2 years 11 months ago

Where did I say we should’ve traded for Blanton?

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mstrchef
2 years 11 months ago

So what deal that would have “fortified the rotation” was out there to make (that didn’t involve trading Bundy or Machado) and didn’t get made? You wrote earlier that you were willing to trade Machado for two months of Greinke. I’m glad you are not the O’s GM.

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2 years 11 months ago

No one said tha Bundy or Machado were going. No one. It’s a question of never being able to pull the trigger.

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mstrchef
2 years 11 months ago

Why pull the trigger if the gun is aimed at your head? If there was a deal to be made that would have made the team better, I believe Duquette would have made it. “Right player, right price” has been a mantra in Baltimore for 15 years. Why is it great for the Ravens to follow that philosophy but stupid for the Orioles to do the same?

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2 years 11 months ago

Let’s see… the Ravens have been a near-constant contender and are quick to resign their franchise players and pull the trigger on deals that improve the team. The Orioles haven’t had a record over .500 since the Clinton Administration. So the Orioles don’t follow that philosophy. As for the “right player, right price” argument, taking in the cost of Blanton’s contract and sending along a reliever from AAA is hardly a gun at anyone’s head.

If Duquette manages to improve the staff with a waiver-wire deal I will stand up and cheer, but until then, it is still business as usual.

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throwitback85
2 years 11 months ago

I wonder if the Cubs simply ran out of time to trade Garza. The Dempster fiasco certainly didn’t help.

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2 years 11 months ago

Talk about just in time for the Yankees…that trade for McGehee is a 3-in-1 trade really—they get McGehee to fortify the benc, they can activate Joba Chamberlain, and they get RID of Chad Quaals.