AL East Notes: Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles

The Red Sox haven't finished last in the American League East since 1992, when their division rivals included the Tigers, Indians and Brewers. With 21 games remaining the 2012 Red Sox are in last place with a 63-78 record. Here’s the latest from their division…

  • The Red Sox intend to address their pitching issues this offseason, GM Ben Cherington told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. “We’ve got to look back and figure out why we were off on that,” Cherington said. The Red Sox are expected to bolster their rotation this winter, though one-year deals seem more likely than mega-contracts. Cherington relied on minor league signings last offseason, but knows more significant additions are necessary this year.
  • Joba Chamberlain, Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte are vital to the Yankees for the final three weeks of the regular season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes. The job security of some executives, coaches and players could diminish if the Yankees miss the postseason, Sherman adds.
  • Rays manager Joe Maddon told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he's pleased to see the Orioles contending for a playoff spot again. "I'm really happy for Baltimore and that organization, having been such a wonderful organization in the past," Maddon said.


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18 Comments on "AL East Notes: Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles"


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Eric
2 years 9 months ago

While those are kinds words from Mr. Madden.
I still think he likes us because we helped his Rays get in playoffs last year

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johnsmith4
2 years 9 months ago

Bill Lee and Roger Clemens are still pitching. Just saying.

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Bob Bunker
2 years 9 months ago

Edwin Jackson, Joe Saunders, kuroda, haren( if option isnt picked up), peavy (same as heren). All of these guys are pretty decent pick ups. Also Marcum and Anibel Sanchez. One or two of these guys would be solid pick ups. Wouldn’t want to lose a draft pick though( don’t know if it is protected or not). So maybe Joe Saunders or Sanchez or a trade for someone else.

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Crucisnh
2 years 9 months ago

In the new CBA, no draft picks are lost any more for signing free agents. OTOH, if a teams loses a top free agent (one to whom you’ve made a “qualifying offer” which was rejected), the team only gets 1 compensation draft pick rather than 2.

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notsureifsrs
2 years 9 months ago

this is not correct. teams that sign qualifying free agents will still lose a first-round draft pick if it is unprotected. it just won’t go to the player’s former team anymore

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Crucisnh
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve NEVER heard anyone say that before, nor have I read that before in any article on the new CBA. So frankly, unless you can produce a indisputable MLB source for this, I am unable to believe you.

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Tko11
2 years 9 months ago

Please no Saunders.

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Devern Hansack
2 years 9 months ago

It looks like the projected starters would be Lester, Buchholz, Doubront, and Lackey. I’d be more than happy with signing Edwin Jackson to a three-year deal. I’m guessing that Aceves, De La Rosa, and Webster will all be given chances to compete with Lackey as well.

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johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Hoping for Sanchez myself. Jackson have doubts about, he is never consistent and is not going to sign before late Dec/early Jan as a Boras client and it’s way too late.

Also? Am more in favor of Morales than Doubrant myself.. Doubrant did look good 1st 2 months, but look at his pitches.. he was at 75-80 thru 4IP every single game, even when going good. Too rough on the pen. he needs to be the swing man to me.

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start_wearing_purple
2 years 9 months ago

With Doubront we’re talking about a kid who’s pitching his first full year in the majors, give him a break.

The way I see it right now the starting 5 would be Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Doubront, and De La Rosa or Morales. I figure we need to add a guy like Marcum or Jackson (Notably both have AL East and playoff experience), basically a decent middle of the order arm.

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jlasovage
2 years 9 months ago

E.jack no way 3 yrs. Rather go dempster on a 1 yr or why not make a play for timmy tim in san fran. He will be 1 yr away from free agency and maybe. I know its a long shot but would love him in red sox uni

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dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

SF wouldn’t trade him now his value is at an all time low.

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Rabbitov
2 years 9 months ago

Aww Joe Maddon you are making me blush!

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YanksFanSince78
2 years 9 months ago

YOU sir…never cease to amaze. Sarcsm….timing….of yeah, and the most important thing….truth. Haha.

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johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Lackey has more upside..I do think Bay could do better at fenway, but also think Lackey will be fair (back end SP) next year and not sure Bay is even a 4th OF anymore.

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jb226
2 years 9 months ago

Bay’s WAR in his full season in Boston was 4.9.

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Devern Hansack
2 years 9 months ago

Lackey was worth 4.1 WAR in 2010. I’d be much more willing to take a mulligan on him than Bay and Pelfrey.

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jlasovage
2 years 9 months ago

Yes you are. Wouldnt happen mets arent picking up that money