East Notes: Marlins, Orioles, Yankees

The choice between the promise of millions of dollars in America and remaining in Cuba isn't a simple one for many Cuban athletes, writes Dan Le Batard in a piece for ESPN the Magazine. Using the experience of his own parents as an example, Le Batard, a Cuban-American, explains that fleeing Cuba to begin life anew in a foreign country can mean leaving behind one's friends and family forever. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez spent two months in a Cuban prison camp after one failed escape attempt, but he tells Le Batard that his first few lonely months in America were worse. Jose Contreras, another Cuban pitcher, had to attend the funeral of his father via cellphone after defecting. 

Let's take a look around the AL and NL East:

  • The Marlins' roster is coalescing quickly following the Jeff Baker signing, which may leave just one bench position open, notes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Frisaro says Miami's strategy this offseason was to create as much competition as possible. Jake Marisnick, a promising prospect who struggled in his 2013 debut, appears headed for the minors.
  • Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette maintains that he's focused on winning now despite his club's quiet offseason, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. "We've been looking for a veteran starter to bolster our staff all winter, and hopefully we'll be able to sign one," Duquette said in a radio interview this week. "Every pitcher that we are involved in, that we're trying to recruit to come to Baltimore, there's four or five teams on each of these pitchers."
  • The Yankees are making upgrades to their minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., including a cafeteria for players and field refurbishments, reports Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. The Yankees have also added to their player development staff, bringing in more scouts and a statistics guru, following a season that saw struggles up and down their farm system.


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23 Comments on "East Notes: Marlins, Orioles, Yankees"


Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

“We’ve been looking for a veteran starter to bolster our staff all winter, and hopefully we’ll be able to sign one,”
How long do you need to look?

I mean if you don’t know by now, then what does that say?
Also, if you’re really interested in someone, wouldn’t you have them stop by Charm City and pay for dinner to see where they are financially and if they are interested in helping out the Orioles in 2014? See, that’s why Duquette lacks credibility to me.
I mean now we are down to a handful of pitchers and Duquette appears to have done nothing except talk!

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Yanks GCL team had the best record in the GCL league as recall, or 2nd best if not best without looking. They beat the Sox to go into the finals as went to that game in Tampa.

Yanks fields at Tampa aren’t too bad, but that old “Tri field” routine is way out of style and the pressbox they use there is ancient. newer complexes are much better.

I find it odd the Yanks ar going to do much, as they are moving the ST site, yet “say” they are leaving the GCL and FSL teams at Tampa.. One has to wonder how long that will last.

jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

They don’t want to stay in tampa, a deal fell through to move elsewhere. The rain delays in tampa are pretty bad.

LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

It’s not like anywhere else in central florida is any better for rain delays.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

I can’t see them moving.
It’s too convenient!

Airport is there.
Phillies are only 20 minutes away.
An hour from Sarasota
Unless they move to Arizona
That would be quite an expense though.

Ron Loreski
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think moving expenses will be an issue for the Yankees.

Denny Doyle
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees aren’t moving to AZ. Fans don’t want to travel 2,500 miles for spring training games.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

That’s good news JJS91. In Lakeland myself (20 miles away) where Detroit plays, FSL and GCL teams as well and understand what you mean about the weather.

PhillyYank
1 year 6 months ago

Wonder what the Yankees saw in Ocala.

Adrian Vancamper
1 year 6 months ago

I think you used the wrong Jose Fernandez

NYBravosFan10
1 year 6 months ago

Why’s that? The story sounds like Fernandez’s.

LInkcat
1 year 6 months ago

I would have to agree.

Steve
1 year 6 months ago

Maybe Dan Duquette needs to be informed the best recruiting is money, if he could get Angelos to sign some checks maybe they would sign somebody useful

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

“”Every pitcher that we are involved in, that we’re trying to recruit
to come to Baltimore, there’s four or five teams on each of these
pitchers.””

Yet most of them are still unsigned and the ones who are not have signed for less money than expected, suggesting something is amiss, and certainly not what one would expect if their are multiple buyers seeking to buy the same property .

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Also, I suspect pitchers are very wary of the Orioles physicals and creative diagnosis of problems that don’t seem to bother other teams

Denny Doyle
1 year 6 months ago

Also, Camden Yards is terrible for pitchers numbers. So if pitchers is chosing between Arizona and Baltimore (especially on a short contract), he’d be smart to stay away from Baltimore and the AL East.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

That article mentions I guy I haven’t really heard much of lately, 2B Jose Pirela. It says he had a .929 OPS in the Venezuelan Winter League, which is good but I’m not sure if its on the same level as AAA. I hope the Yankees give him a chance to play at second this year once Roberts is on the DL.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

That’s what happens Mr. Duquette when you wait until the end of the offseason to do anything.

Thizzie
1 year 6 months ago

However when you wait this long FA become desperate for a job, take the Paul Maholm signing yesterday… He had to settle for $1.5 million, while the A’s and Royals overpaid for similar pitchers Kazmir and Vargas. Timing is everything.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Absolutely true. In any market there’s the people that overpay early or underpay late, but Duquette is waiting for the scraps from the underpayers.

RegularEd
1 year 6 months ago

I think the ‘impact move’ that a majority of Orioles’ fans are awaiting is for the Angelos family to sell the ball club.

NYBravosFan10
1 year 6 months ago

I did. If you’re referring to the fact that he was in prison 3 times then that’s just splitting hairs.

Yankees420
1 year 6 months ago

Since when did the U.S. have an embargo imposed on China?