Yesterday, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino took some time to talk to the press in the midst of the team's recent turmoil. Lucchino told reporters, including Tim Britton of The Providence Journal (via Twitter), that despite the criticism the club has faced in recent weeks, "The cynical, jaded media do not necessarily capture the voice of the fan base." Here's more out of Fenway and the rest of the AL East..
- Boston has been a desirable free agent destination for the better part of the last decade, but pitcher Jon Lester isn't sure if that is still the case, writes Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. “I don’t know,” Lester said. “It’s always been a demanding place to play, but until the last two years, it always was about baseball. Now we’ve got things written and said about guys’ personal stuff as human beings, as people. Now you’re starting to question people’s manhoods. That’s where it gets hard.” Meanwhile, Lucchino doesn't believe that the drama will dissuade players from wanting to come to Boston.
- Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com wonders if Mark Reynolds may be playing himself into the Orioles' plans for 2013 with his recent hot streak. Baltimore is unlikely to pick up his $11MM option for next season but they could non-tender him and bring him back for considerably less. In total, Reynolds isn't having a stellar year by his standards, hitting .220/.335/.413 with 12 homers in 355 plate appearances.
- If the Red Sox decide to make a managerial change, Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests Jason Varitek as a good fit for the clubhouse. The success of Robin Ventura of the White Sox and the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny should make clubs feel better about first-time managers, Sherman opines.
- Meanwhile, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has a different ex-player in mind: Bill Mueller. Mueller is currently serving as a special assistant in the Dodgers' front office and like Varitek, doesn't have any managerial experience.