AL East Notes: MacPhail, Cano, Rays, Blue Jays

Bobby Valentine has officially been dismissed, which means the Red Sox will embark on their second managerial search in as many years. GM Ben Cherington has said he hopes to conclude the search earlier this time. Here are some notes on Boston’s division rivals…

  • Former Orioles president Andy MacPhail told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he's happy for the team’s fans, players and executives. He acknowledged that it "would have been a lot of fun" to be present for Baltimore's playoff run, but said he doesn't regret stepping down to spend time with his family. MacPhail said he's starting to think about working in baseball again and noted that, at 59 years old, he's "way too young" to do nothing. "I think there are a variety of things that would interest me," he told Connolly.
  • MacPhail noted that Dan Duquette has done an excellent job of finding starting pitching depth this year.
  • Executives suggest an extension for Robinson Cano could cost the Yankees $200MM, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan writes. The second baseman says he hasn’t “thought about anything," but the Yankees can’t allow him to hit free agency in Passan’s view. New York will exercise its $15MM option for Cano after the season, delaying his free agency until the end of the 2013 season.
  • Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said he's "not going to be flippant" about Tampa Bay's impressive pitching depth this coming offseason, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Friedman also said he expects to talk with Larry Reynolds, the agent for B.J. Upton, even though the sides aren't expected to agree to a new contract.
  • Mike Axisa rounded up the latest Red Sox-related rumors earlier today. Here's one more note from Boston: the Blue Jays would want “a decent player” in a deal for manager John Farrell, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

17 Responses to AL East Notes: MacPhail, Cano, Rays, Blue Jays Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Pass on Farrell. He can finish his contract with Toronto.. See if he still likes it after the season.. Boston will hire a manager for a rebuild season they won’t even be competing in and THEN John can make up his mind if he wants to return “home” or not.

    It’s not nearly the big deal everyone makes it out to be.. Here and the media is hyping it as. John can have another go in Toronto to see if a few of his players will listen and the team will improve, or he will walk away.

    • $17867741 3 years ago

      Precisely what I’m thinking. The media has nothing else to post between now and the Winter meetings, so I guess they have nothing else to write about.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      i just dont get why boston wants him so bad. i like john, he’s good with the media, well spoken, seems like a really good guy

      but he makes questionable in game decisions and is iffy at best with the bullpen.

      people are treating him like he’s the second coming of Joe Maddon.

      The only reason I’m against the move is because boston is a divisional rival and because i think trading a manager is just silly. I’d be fully on board for the jays to let farrell walk and promote internally (butter or sal fas)

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Same here.. It’s not like they are going to compete next year, nor win the DC.. Hire someone, a coach even who has been onboard before and give them a 1 year deal even with a team option.. The entire world will know what is going on.. See if Farrell wants to go to Boston or stay in Toronto if both sides want the guy..

        I always thought he was a good pitching coach anyway and like u mentioned.. Manager and pitching coach are 2 entirely different things. I am not onboard with giving anything up for him and can understand Boston not wanting to since they allowed him to move to Toronto as manager in the 1st place.

        That aside and like mentioned.. Both sides can’t work something out on a miniscule return for him and boston FO thinks they want him?? Hire an ex coach like mentioned for a year…

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          trading a manager is just silly

          if the jays are negotiating a return it means that you don’t consider him a piece moving forward, so you let him go to do what he wants.

  2. drjayphd 3 years ago

    How about this proposal: the Red Sox trade every columnist that suggested that the team should trade for John Farrell to the Blue Jays as compensation for hiring John Farrell. Boston has too many sports columnists and talk radio hosts as it is, so consider it dealing from a position of strength.

  3. SierraM363 3 years ago

    The Red Sox are in rebuilding mode. They can afford to wait on Farrell until his contract ends.

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to manage a team that fires three managers in three years? Oh, someone who is decent and has options!

  4. LazerTown 3 years ago

    While it would be great if the Yankees keep cano around it will turn out to be awful. He will be 31 when he is a free agent and $200M would put him between 8-10 years. I would rather they overpay for less years.

    • I just hope they dont bid against their self like they did for A-Rod.

      • dc21892 3 years ago

        That situation makes me laugh every day. What I find hard to believe is how far ARod has fallen. Injuries really played a huge role in taking him back down to earth.

  5. I was never impressed with the play of Cano. His play in the field is lackadaisical.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      It must have been a couple of years since you’ve seen Robinson Cano play. He’s been one of the best defensive 2B this year.

  6. The Yanks would do well to exercise the option on Cano for $15M—-then wave bye-bye at $200M.

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