AL East Notes: Yankees, Rivera, Blue Jays, Rays, Molina

Let's take a look at some items out of the American League East..

  • Mariano Rivera says that he isn't sure if he wants to return in 2013, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req'd) cautions that it may just be part of negotiations with the Yankees.  The closer is coming off of a deal which paid him $15MM in each of the last two seasons and the Bombers will likely try to shave that number down on a new contract.  Rivera and the Yankees have a history of tough negotiations, including a couple of years ago when he threatened that he would sign with the Red Sox.
  • The Blue Jays are not considering Brad Ausmus, Jim Tracy, or Manny Acta for their managerial vacancy, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.  Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach is in the mix along with DeMarlo Hale, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield.  Along with Butterfield, bench coach Don Wakamatsu is another internal possibility.
  • Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes that the Rays will wind up extending a qualifying offer to B.J. Upton as he will most likely turn it down, putting the club in position to net a compensatory pick.  Last month, more than 61% of MLBTR readers polled said that the Rays should extend Upton a qualifying offer.
  • Meanwhile, the Rays also have a decision to make on Jose Molina's $1.8MM option, which can be bought out for $300K.  While the catcher hit just .223/.286/.355 last season, Topkin notes that his work with the pitchers was strong and he could be worth keeping.

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