AL East Links: Swisher, Orioles, Ross, Cabral

Nine players received qualifying offers this winter, including five from the AL East: Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano, B.J. Upton, and David Ortiz. Here's the latest on the division…


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14 Comments on "AL East Links: Swisher, Orioles, Ross, Cabral"


Guest
2 years 8 months ago

Who does Swisher think he is? Things have changed from a few years ago when guys were signing for a box of Ramen and a hot plate.

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Devern Hansack
2 years 8 months ago

Ross for $13.3MM? No thank you. He’s a solid role player, but he has no business getting that kind of money. He’s about to turn 32 and per FanGraphs is slightly better than league average on offense and defense for his career.

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johnsilver
2 years 8 months ago

I was thinking that there was a low probability chance of it happening also. remember when there was arbitration offer for draft picks for type A/B Boston would use that tactic for many players who probably should accept and many did, but some did not. Graffino, Varitek, Lopez.

It can be a good tactic if the player is looking for a multi year deal rather than just the 1 year, even if it is only for 1 year. Don’t be surprised if Ross ends up with a 3/27-30m deal. he may think the security is worth the extra could have gained.

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Devern Hansack
2 years 8 months ago

If Ross were a type A or B free agent under the previous system, he would absolutely be worth arbitration; he’d be guaranteed around $6 MM in 2013 if he accepted. $13.3 MM would have been a huge overpay.

Personally, I’d like to the the Sox commit to a thorough rebuild. If they were to bring him back, a two year deal with the prospect of trading him at the deadline or in the offseason next year would be proper.

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johnsilver
2 years 8 months ago

I gotcha’ on the rebuild and am wanting them to go that route also. ortiz and Ross the only 2 am really realistically wanting them to sign who are available, becuase the team will need some offense next year and fear that without it? This current team actually could lose more than 90 games even.

Have a feeling Ross would decline the 13.3m salary if offered. There will be a 3/25m+ deal made, IMO 27m-30m even and Ross is at an age where he is looking for security is my gut feeling over a 1Y deal.

Ross will be fairly limited on locations where he is productive. some teams that we think may be interested (Atlanta) are terrible for his swing, like SF was and Florida became. He signs a 1Y deal in a horrid stadium and he repeats the entire process all over again like he just did at Boston for a low salary.

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Bob Bunker
2 years 8 months ago

i dont think they need a complete rebuild aka a 2 plus more years like 2012. just gotta bridge the gap to our prospects are ready and try to shore up the pitching(anibel sanchez maybe)

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PClark91
2 years 8 months ago

Thats what i didn’t understand from the article. The Sox made the right move not offering him that money. they could sign him for three years for somewhere in the 20-22 million range

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2 years 8 months ago

“Steve Melewski is a smart man”… said no one ever

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jjs91
2 years 8 months ago

Steve Melewski, reminds me of rangers fans that would use scott feldman as an example of good rotation depth.

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Jim Low
2 years 8 months ago

It wouldn’t make sense for the Orioles not to trade away some arms when they are at the highest trade value they probably ever will be.

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Meh Sheep
2 years 8 months ago

Britton, Matusz, Arrietta, Hunter, 3 of which would be sell low guys right now since you’d be selling them as bullpen arms or bad/unproven starters. The two starters the Orioles have with high value are the 2 they aren’t going to trade: Bundy and Gausman. Starters with good value: Gonzalez, Chen, Tillman, Hammel that will likely make up 4 of the 5 in the rotation next year.