AL East Notes: Red Sox, Yankees, Cuddyer, Johnson

There has been a great deal of talk about what the Yankees might do in the wake of Mark Teixeira's injury, but the Red Sox have some questions of their own to address as Opening Day approaches.  As David Ortiz struggles with an injured left Achilles, could Boston explore a move for a slugger?  Here's more on that and other notes out of the AL East..

  • Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that the club could explore a Plan B for Ortiz, but nothing is in the works on that front just yet, writes Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.  For now, the BoSox skipper says that the club is only evaluating its in-house options.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN.com (on Twitter) wonders if there is a deal to made between the Yankees and Rockies for Michael Cuddyer in which Colorado eats a large portion of his deal.  Cuddyer is a right-handed hitter who has the versatility to fill in at first base, in the outfield, and at DH.  The 33-year-old is owed $21MM over the next two seasons.
  • Josh Johnson's contract status and potentially impending free agency isn't stressing him out, writes Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.  Johnson says that his next deal is the furthest thing from his mind and manager John Gibbons isn't concerned about it becoming a distraction.  The right-hander will earn $13.75MM in his walk year.

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