AL East Notes: Yankees, Kuroda, Orioles, Hamilton

After taking a look at the Red Sox earlier, here's a glance at the rest of the American League East..

  • The Yankees' offseason will become exponentially more complicated if they are unable to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda, opines Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Even if the Yankees like free agent alternatives like as Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse, their current financial plan would preclude them from giving them hefty multi-year deals.
  • While the Dodgers continue to pay out, the Yankees are concerned with getting their spending under control in advance of 2014, writes Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.  Agents shopping free agents have already found the Yanks resistant to players and contracts that would tack on significant salary beyond this season.
  • While the Orioles have been linked to free agent Josh Hamilton in recent days, Britt Ghiroli of doesn't expect Baltimore shelling out the money necessary to land the slugger.  Ghiroli sees Edwin Jackson as a solid fit for the O's as they look to fortify their rotation, but its not clear if Dan Duquette & Co. have interest.

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  1. chicothekid 3 years ago

    The Yankees have a financial plan?

  2. Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

    Pineda,Sabathia,Nova,Petitte and Hughes…. Yankees don’t need a top starting pitcher.

    • diddykong 3 years ago

      How is Pineda’s recovery? I haven’t heard much on him.

      • TheHitman23 3 years ago

        According to Cashman, Pineda isn’t coming back until June or July so Kuroda would be nice for one more year.

        • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

          Awful news, this Pineda trade was a bust.

          • TheHitman23 3 years ago

            Def agree. However, Pineda hasn’t pitched a game yet. Hey, he might be good next season if he’s healthy enough to pitch. You just never know with these prospect for prospect trades. Montero’s a solid young talent, but apparently he didn’t fit into the plan. Hopefully, Gary Sanchez is a solid replacement for him. Judging the trade now, the Mariner’s clearly won.

          • JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

            You cannot really judge the trade yet. Also, montero can’t even catch full time.

          • Vmmercan 3 years ago

            The “other” guy in the Pineda deal is currently the Yankees’ 5th best prospect according to Baseball America. Pineda will also be just 24 this year and Montero really didn’t demonstrate much in 2012, not to mention the Mariners are searching for a catcher. How in the world did you come to that conclusion?

          • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

            The “other guy” doesn’t rank in the top 100 best prospects in the minor leagues, therefor suggests lack of depth in the Yankees farm system. Montero played in pitcher friendly Sanco Fields which in 2013 will have their fences moved in to make it more hitter friendly. Whether or not this is really a bust we’ll find out this year.

          • jjs91 3 years ago

            The other guy was injured which is why he isn’t a top 100 guy right now Sam goes for manny. I’m not sure that only having 4 guys in the top 100 is a lack of depth.

          • Vmmercan 3 years ago

            Baseball America ranks based on potential in team systems. Campos had his season cut short due to injury just like pineda. The the fact he is fifth more has to do with his ceiling than a lack of depth in the yankees system. Had he stayed healthy all year he may have been top 100 overall. and yes, he is the second piece in the deal. You cant evaluate anything until montero either becomes a prolific hitter or a catcher and pineda/campos/noesi return to the majors. The end of 2013 would be the first you can even formulate a thought on who won. Did the yankees kill the tigers in the granderson deal? Would you have felt that way in 2010? How about now?

          • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

            Granderson still hits 40 homeruns a season, regardless of his B.A, his value as a power hitter is still very high. It seems to be a equal trade for both teams in my opinion.

          • With a below average OBP and below average defense in center.

          • Jason Richards 3 years ago

            Montero is awful. Sub 300 on base and mediocre numbers across the board. He can’t catch, so he’s essentially a DH that cant get on base enough and cant hit enough to justify his position.

          • The trade happened less than 12 months ago. Calling it a bust already? Lets see what happens

    • jjs91 3 years ago

      I agree with you if pettitte comes back, but as of now that isn’t certain. I would be willing to overpay for kuroda on a one yr deal. But who knows how much the dodgers are willing to pay.

    • Vmmercan 3 years ago

      Pineda hasn’t pitched in a year, is coming off a major surgery and won’t be ready until late May, early June, assuming no setbacks. The Yankees need a front-line starter, especially if you’re banking on Nova being a “three”.

      • Joeypower 3 years ago

        I take pineda over montero any day of the week!!!!

        • Daniel Delvecchio 3 years ago

          Pineda is damaged goods, tons of pitchers in baseball have has their careers run short because of injuries that keep then from pitching for a long period of time. A healthy player is better then a injured player.

        • Everyone is entitled to their opinion but as it stands right now that hypothetical choice would be atrocious.

    • Nova and Hughes are 5th starters, Pineda is an unknown. Yankees need starting pitching

  3. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    Back in July 2012 Brit G stated Duquette “absolutely” has ownership’s backing to add pieces at the deadline.
    Today on Brit G blog she states: I will address most of the players that have been linked to the Orioles in Friday’s inbox –including the next to no chance the O’s are in on free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton at all.
    She adds further that Edwin Jackson would be a solid addition to the O’s rotation.
    O’s fans, especially Season Ticket holders should really “Buckle” down and tell O’s management. It is totally unacceptable to go for second and third tier talent, when there hasn’t been anyone taken down from the 1st tier.
    The free agency period has really just begun and I am annoyed already.
    My question is to other true “O’s” fans that are out there: How do you find Angelos’s inabilty to spend money acceptable and at the same time dole out top dollar to buy season tickets year after year?

    • Lookouts400 3 years ago

      Lefty, your inane diatribes over and over again get old really fast.

  4. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Sherman don’t know what he talking about once again. “For example, a lefty-righty platoon in right of, say, Raul Ibanez and Scott Hairston could deliver somewhat similar production to Swisher.”

    Hairston coming off a career year, but he is a RF with .300 obp and 25 hr power. He is honestly not very good, and that was a career year. And Ibanez is no where close to swish. Good in postseason, but still a liability in field and plate during reg season.

    Why does he think they have a myriad of issues. They losing swish in RF, and Gardner should be healthy now. So honestly they shouldn’t be much worse than last year in runs. Hopefully they can resign kuroda or Pettitte, they know that Phelps is a piece that can slide in the end of rotation if need be, hopefully Pineda is healthy by June.

    They may not be as good as they looked last spring, but I still think they have enough pieces to compete in the AL east. Sure they getting older, but they still talented.

  5. Lookouts400 3 years ago

    You’re not crazy.

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