AL East Notes: Middlebrooks, Ichiro, Blue Jays

On this date in 1998, Cal Ripken Jr. took himself out of the Orioles' starting lineup and ended his consecutive games played streak at 2,632. The Orioles haven’t made the playoffs since, but this could be their year; they’re currently in playoff position. Here are today’s AL East links…

  • There are indications that the Red Sox won't pursue a long-term extension with Will Middlebrooks this offseason, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The team's front office executives aren't in a rush to make a long-term judgment about Middlebrooks. “Obviously it’s a possibility,” Middlebrooks said.
  • Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner are too similar to be the Yankees' corner outfielders in 2013, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes. The Yankees hope to have Gardner back at full health next year, so Ichiro might have to sign elsewhere as a free agent. Davidoff won't be surprised if Ichiro's still unsigned in January.
  • Blue Jays president Paul Beeston characterized the last few months as the "half season from hell," Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reports. Beeston said "there is a feeling of emptiness" at not being able to deliver for fans and added that he’s “actually pissed off” that the A’s and Orioles are headed for the playoffs while the Blue Jays are not.


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37 Comments on "AL East Notes: Middlebrooks, Ichiro, Blue Jays"


Guest
2 years 9 months ago

silly move by Red Sox.. Middlebrooks is for real.

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

If by “real” you mean he really can’t take a walk, I agree. (I do like Middlebrooks, but whether he’s the Red Sox’ long terms answer at 3B as opposed to Bogaerts, Cecchini, or some other prospect/FA remains to be seen).

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Devern Hansack
2 years 9 months ago

It doesn’t really matter if he is, though. If they lock him up to a team-friendly contract, they could always deal him if Bogaerts or Cecchini are on the verge of usurping the 3B role. With the 3B market being so barren, it’d give the Red Sox a solid trade chip at the very least.

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rikersbeard
2 years 9 months ago

team friendly depends on how good he actually is. Better to pay a little extra later and know what you have.

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notsureifsrs
2 years 9 months ago

he’s already a solid trade chip, though – and they should sell high

if you sign him to an extension and then trade him, you don’t look so good the next time you approach an extension with someone you really do want to keep

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andrewyf
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, just look at Adrian Gonzalez…pretty sure the Red Sox’s reputation with players on extensions is already shot. They’re going to have to go back on their ‘no no-trade clauses’ if they want a shot at any extension in the future.

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start_wearing_purple
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, because the Gonzalez trade is a total indication of the future. I expect they’ll sign Hamilton in the offseason because they’ll want to trade him at the all star break.

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jb226
2 years 9 months ago

Personally I would refuse to sign a team-friendly deal with the Red Sox ever since they sold Bronson Arroyo down the river.

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bigpat
2 years 9 months ago

walks > hits???

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Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

OBP > AVG????

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DunkinDonuts
2 years 9 months ago

No, but walks > outs. Unless he plans on putting up a .350 batting average, he would be well-advised to sprinkle a few walks into his offensive repertoire.

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dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Way too early to determine that.

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Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

He’s for real injured, that’s for sure.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 9 months ago

Or the yankees can move gardner to CF and Granderson to the corner.

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safari_punch
2 years 9 months ago

Beeston,

Bring back Gillick.

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You Know Who
2 years 9 months ago

Can’t have him, Philly needs him when we run Amaro out of town.

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safari_punch
2 years 9 months ago

The thing is is that Gillick views the Blue Jays as his baby more than the Phillies. Gillick built the Blue Jays from the ground up and lived in Toronto for over 30 years.

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Bob Bunker
2 years 9 months ago

yankees should trade granderson, sign swisher, and move gardner to center.

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jondogg2010
2 years 9 months ago

Other than his power, I don’t see whats special about Granderson. But than again put him away from AL East and he’s a 25 HR/year player, not 35. I agree with that call but I’m hoping the Red Sox sign Swisher bec he’s the kind of player and clubhouse presence they need.

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BitLocker
2 years 9 months ago

Yankees want to get to 189M or under payroll. With Cano’s big contract looming, Nick Swisher has to walk. I agree that Gardner should be moved to center, and Ichiro should get a 1 year deal.

LF: Granderson
CF: Gardner
RF: Ichiro

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NYPOTENCE
2 years 9 months ago

Don’t like that idea since it would mean having an overload of left-handed hitters. Would prefer to get a strong package for Grandy and resign both Swisher and Ichiro

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Bob Bunker
2 years 9 months ago

why not give Will a deal like Clays that has very small salaries the first years then big club options. That way if he underperforms the next couple years you can decide not to pick up the options.

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jb226
2 years 9 months ago

I won’t speak for anybody else, but I wouldn’t sign a contract like that.

You’re presenting him a contract where if he performs well he gets underpaid (relative to performance and more importantly relative to arbitration potential) yet if he doesn’t perform he gets nothing except the couple guaranteed years at the front with “very small salaries.” Typically the tradeoff is earnings potential versus guaranteed earnings, but you’re not presenting much of a guarantee. Might as well go year to year.