It's been a quiet day around baseball. There was, however, some interesting news out of Boston, with Peter Gammons reporting on the GammonsDaily.com that Red Sox principal owner John Henry has been chosen to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Corporation. Elsewhere around the American League …
- With Boston's prospect depth at the upper levels of the minor leagues, says Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via WEEI.com), the team is primed to be "devastatingly good the next five years if they play their cards right." Passan praises the organization for not dipping into that group in acquiring Jake Peavy at the trade deadline.
- White Sox GM Rick Hahn discussed a range of topics in a fascinating interview with Matt Spiegel and Ben Finfer of Chicago's 670 The Score (hat tip to South Side Sox). While he said that fans should expect to see "other moves like" the trade of Jake Peavy over the immediate future, Hahn declined to say that the club could not compete by 2015. Hahn indicated that he thinks the team's "transition" can be relatively short given the organization's pitching base and the growth of its international signings over the last few seasons.
- Discussing this year's deadline, Hahn explained that the priority was to return value for relievers Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, both of whom are set for free agency. After that was accomplished, Chicago did not need to "force anything" since other chips could be dealt during August or the offseason. Hence, the Sox feel that the Peavy deal was justified because it opened payroll flexibility and returned Avisail Garcia, who Hahn views as a nearly MLB-ready, potential impact corner outfielder.
- We should expect the Blue Jays to try and pass their entire roster through waivers over the course of August, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. He notes that GM Alex Anthopoulos believes in testing the market to the full extent possible.