AL East Notes: Ross, Yankees, Orioles

The Blue Jays aren’t going to rush their managerial search, Shi Davidi of reported yesterday. Here’s the latest on the rest of the AL East, on the day before the GM Meetings begin in California…

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  1. Jim Low 3 years ago

    Just keep Wilson Betemit as far away from a glove as possible….

  2. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    With a Bench like Teagarden, Reimold, Betemit and Flaherty, who needs starters, much less “Super-Star” free agent signings!
    The Orioles will be “A” OOOO………k
    Come on Angelos just look them (free agent) over like a patient batter, take your time and save that money!

  3. rundmc1981 3 years ago

    Prediction Contest players, what other possibilities does Cody Ross have?

    ATL has been linked to him in the past, would do a 3rd year and needs a LF (moving Prado to 3B) and more importantly, a RH bat that hits LHP well (career: .284/.353/.575). NYM/PHI could be another alternative. Thoughts?

    • Karkat 3 years ago

      I could see him winding up in Philly, personally.

      • rundmc1981 3 years ago

        If they add Bourn, and Ross, that’d be 2 more players 30 or older and would go a long way to “getting younger” – which they keep fooling us into thinking that’s important to them.

      • Bob Bunker 3 years ago

        i could see that as well. philly will probally look to get a top notch CF like Bourne and then a solid RF like Ross or Hunter. i think with so many teams looking for OF outfielders are going to get overpaid. just look at CF the Reds, Braves, Nats, Phillies, Giants, and others are looking for a CF.

        • rundmc1981 3 years ago

          I can see an overpay, but to me, there’s more CF options than there has been in years. Bourn, Upton, Pagan, Hamilton (who would be a risk at CF full-time), Victorino, and even Melky Cabrera to a team that wants a high reward for a high risk. Cody Ross is an option that could sporadically play CF, while non-starting options are Nyjer Morgan, Reed Johnson.

          Not every team should be able to upgrade at CF, but ATL has said that they anticipate filling some of their needs via trade, and I can see them more likely to trade for a CF of the future and signing a LF (Hunter, Ross, etc.) than anything else.

          • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

            I’ve heard the same thing about ATL filling needs via a trade, and I’ve heard KC say the same. In the back of my mind, I can’t help but wonder if each of them would surrender a seemingly untouchable asset to help each other. ATL gives up someone like Minor or Teheran, KC gives up Myers? I’ve heard no rumor of anything like this happening from any source whatsoever, but I can’t help wondering if such an offer would intrigue Frank Wren and/or Dayton Moore.

          • rundmc1981 3 years ago

            I do remember this time last year when rumors ran abound of us shopping Jurrjens/Prado and KC supposedly interested. I also remember them not entertaining an offer for Myers – and Myers had another great minor-league season. Maybe KC will realize what they need to do to get a top arm if they can’t sign any of the upper-tier free agents SPs (Lohse, Sanchez, Dempster, Jackson). Honestly, I would love to do that, but I don’t see them doing that, thinking they want to see instant results. They could have a package headlined by Myers (or just Myers) and get almost any controllable arm in MLB.

            I don’t see ATL being able to get Myers for just Teheran or Minor, but they would have to add a lower-level prospect, probably pitching. I love both pitchers, but Teheran’s stock is down and even though he’s our top pitching prospect, KC wants a top-of-the-rotation SP sooner than a possibly project would allow them to have.

  4. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Just read that the Sox are interested in 37-year old, FA, Torii Hunter, lately of the LA Angels. He is a “friend” of 37-year-old-David Ortiz. FWIW, The FO apparently didn’t learn their lesson after signing Mike Cameron for 2 years @$15M and getting stiffed, big time….

    • rkmarx 3 years ago

      Because every 37 year old puts up the exact same stats. You’re right. And why is “friend” in quotations? Do you know for a fact that they are not friends?

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        I put “friend” in quotes to suggest that he, Hunter, is in fact, a friend of Ortiz and is being recommended by David for that reason, without regard for the fact Torii’s skills are significantly diminished and his propensity for injury is climbing geometrically. You know, like he is part of an old boy network.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Cameron was a walking stiff when he was signed even.. Don’t think Hunter is yet.

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        Oh, but I remember Theo extolling Cameron’s physical conditioning…..”Mike is in marvelous condition for a 37-year old. He works at it year round”. Yeah, right!

        Unless you re a DH, like Ortiz, at 37, the mind is still willing but the body begins to do its own thing..

        I would prefer to see the Red Sox go with youth in RF, even if it is someone who is not quite major league ready….like Kalish. Remember how they stuck with Pedroia during his rookie year even though for half the season he was hitting about a buck-fifty? The FO needs to do more of that……take risks with their young talent.

        Reddick is an opposite example that immediately comes to mind. They dumped him after 1/2 season of playing regularly. Why? Because he wasn’t demonstrating enough bat control….. (translated: Reddick wasn’t major league ready)….He goes to Oakland, bam…he becomes their #4 hitter overnight,; definitely major league ready, right?

  5. 2 for $12M for Ross, with a 3rd year club option for $7.

  6. Karkat 3 years ago

    Disappointing, but I’m not interested in Ross on a 3-year deal if it’s worth more that $18MM

    • LazerTown 3 years ago

      Thats about max what he is worth. He is really nothing special at offensive minded position.

  7. AmericanMovieFan 3 years ago

    If Ross is worth $25MM over 3 years, then Swisher is worth $50MM over 4 years. Now, truthfully both these guys are worth far less. I think Ross is best on 2 years/$16MM with an option while Swisher is probably deserving of a 3 year/$33MM deal with an option of some kind.

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