AL East Notes: Shields, Wigginton, Betancourt

Links from the AL East, which remains the only division without a sub-.500 team…

  • The Rays are 'cooler' on the idea of trading James Shields, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (onTwitter). It's difficult for Tampa Bay to act as a buyer because the positions at which they might seek upgrades, shortstop and catcher, are positions of scarcity in MLB.
  • Ty Wigginton isn't at the top of the Yankees' list of potentially useful third basemen, Jon Heyman of reports (on Twitter). The Yankees are looking for someone who can provide defense at the hot corner.
  • The Yankees haven't contacted the Rockies about Rafael Betancourt, and it's doubtful the Rockies will trade him at all, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (on Twitter). The Orioles, Athletics, Rangers,Braves, Red Sox and Blue Jays have all been linked to Betancourt.
  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees can't take on a substantial contract, so Bryan Hoch of says Yankees fans shouldn't expect to see Cliff Lee in navy pinstripes anytime soon (Twitter links). Cashman said it's possible but unlikely that the Yankees will make a trade before tomorrow's deadline, Hoch writes. "I highly doubt it," the GM said.
  • The Blue Jays are unlikely to complete a trade for Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Marlins expect to keep Johnson instead of trading him.
  • Here are the latest Red Sox-related rumors.

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4 Comments on "AL East Notes: Shields, Wigginton, Betancourt"

3 years 1 month ago

“Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention? I’ve just been handed an urgent update on a trade. I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen … CANNONBALL!” –Jon Heyman

3 years 1 month ago

What are we supposed to tell our children about the future when the Yankees can’t take on another 100 million dollar contract?

3 years 1 month ago

Yankees need to do something. They can’t keep throwing Chavez out there and hoping his knee doesn’t fall off.

3 years 1 month ago

Used to be a corny car commercial that went “Just one look, that’s all it took” Anyway… That is all it takes to see how awful Wiggy is at 3b, or was even when he was with the Rays and he wasn’t even well into his 30’s then.

Hey Cashman.. Why don’t you go and find which team (last year it was Anaheim) that has Jorge Cantu stashed away at AAA?