AL East Notes: Goins, Jays, Rays, Pearce, Bogaerts

The Blue Jays announced last night that they have optioned the struggling Ryan Goins to Triple-A, and Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Chris Getz will get the call to take his place. However, as Getz isn’t on the 40-man roster, a corresponding move will have to be made prior to today’s game. Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star wonders if Moises Sierra will lose his spot on the 40-man.

More out of the AL East…

  • Rays manager Joe Maddon isn’t sweating his team’s rough start and is in good spirits despite losing Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson to injuries, writes MLB.com’s Phil Rogers. Maddon said his experience as a minor league manager prepared him by giving him the right attitude in these situations: A lot of times, when you work in the Minor Leagues, manage in the Minor Leagues, there are times you don’t have the best team out there on a nightly basis, but you still believe you’re going to win somehow.”
  • The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly expands on the technicality he reported yesterday that could allow the Orioles to re-sign Steve Pearce (whom they released on Sunday) and immediately add him to the 25-man roster. While clubs that re-sign a released player normally have to wait 30 days to add him to the active roster, that can be avoided if the club has had less than the full complement of active players at all times from the date of the waiver request to the date [the] player is re-signed.”
  • The Red Sox aren’t concerned with the defensive struggles of Xander Bogaerts, writes Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Edes spoke with Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen, who said the team anticipated that there would be “challenges,” and that they could look glaring when compared to the excellent play Boston received at shortstop last year from Stephen Drew. Edes also spoke to a Major League scout who shook his head at any who disparage Bogaerts based on his glove. That scout told Edes that any of his peers that scouted Boston’s system in 2013 said Bogaerts was the best player they saw in Minor League Baseball.


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23 Comments on "AL East Notes: Goins, Jays, Rays, Pearce, Bogaerts"


1 year 3 months ago

Price’s trade value in the summer is going to be through the roof. The Rays will have a tough decision to make. They’ve had a lot of luck playing well without key players.

UK Tiger
UK Tiger
1 year 3 months ago

Yep, i honestly think they will deal him next offseason (as many thought they would this), and knowing Friedman, he’ll get a bountiful return.

1 year 3 months ago

I think that’ll depend largely on where the Rays stand around the All Star break. I don’t expect them to give up on the season if they’re still in it.

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

I don’t think Maddon will ever throw in the towel.
He may trade Price, but only if he gets a package that can help him NOW.
Trading Price, a #1, for, say, a solid #2, a #4, a high OBP guy as well as a MLB-ready AAA guy, for instance, might do the trick.

stl_cards16
1 year 3 months ago

A team that will be trading for Price is also going to be trying to win NOW. So the package you dream of is completely unrealistic. What team do you think would give that up?

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

Yes I agree.
But desperate times call for disparate measures, and the Cards, at least, certainly have the pitching depth.
I think Wacha plus a solid position player and maybe a solid AA guy would get it done, and the cards could afford that.
But they don’t need price, so that’s moot.

stl_cards16
1 year 3 months ago

I don’t see a reason to even discuss Wacha, honestly.

NomarGarciaparra
1 year 3 months ago

Why would they deal Wacha to get Price?

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

And remember the great number of lopsided trades we’ve seen in the recent past. The Fister trade was only the latest in a long line of such trades.

stl_cards16
1 year 3 months ago

Sure, GM’s make bad trades. But your idea that a team is going to try to win now by making their team worse is strange at best. A Price trade would be a mostly prospect package. From the Cardinals, I’d say something like Martinez, Piscotty, Reyes.

Bob Bunker
1 year 3 months ago

Hard to see which team would be willing, have the need, and have the prospects to give them the huge haul they will want. To me the three most likely are:

Rangers offering Odor, Choice, and a starting pitcher.
Cardinals offering Carlos Martinez and Randall Grichck.
Mariners offering Paxton, Nick Franklin, and another low level lottery type.

However, I have a hard time seeing each team giving up that much particularly the Cardinals unless they think Price is the difference between them and a World Series Ring.

1 year 3 months ago

I wouldn’t rule out the A’s, Giants, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Dbacks, or Indians either though obviously there’s extremely varying degrees of likelihood there.

With next year’s FA class set to include a cornucopia of players destined to be overpaid by potentially tens of million of dollars, I think there’s a certain appeal in Price’s short term control. At the minimum, he offers ace services to get a team to two postseasons and a draft pick.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 3 months ago

The Angels and Dodger don’t have the prospects to trade for Price even if they wanted to.

1 year 3 months ago

Fair point, though I’m hesitant to rule out Arte or the Dodgers completely. If there’s a will, there could be a way.

McRobert Meek
1 year 3 months ago

Might have an acceptable combination of young, cost-controlled players, prospects and cash to get a deal done. I’m not saying that’s realistic either, just that there are other ways besides a straight prospects for player(s) trade…

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 3 months ago

The only quality young player the Angels have right now is Mike Trout and he will make an AAV of 24 MM over the next 6 years. Young, cost-controlled players are a myth in LA.

The Dodgers have a little more MLB talent to trade from than the Angels so there might be a fit there. LAA absolutely doesn’t have the pieces, prospects or otherwise.

johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

Team that could use him and probably afford to give up what is required would be Texas. It could get interesting if the Rangers, Oakland, Seattle are all bunched up come the trade deadline and the Rays are stumbling with 3 out of 5 in the rotation out.

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

The Rangers offer is insulting. Price is worth 3-4 times what you mention, even if Perez is the pitcher offered.
Cardinals would have to make Wacha part of any offer.
Mariners have nothing to offer. They Have a Lotta good players, but for Price, even with his FA situation, gotta offer quality more than quantity.

stl_cards16
1 year 3 months ago

I’m not sure the Cardinals would trade 5.5 years of Wacha for 1.5 years of Price straight up at this point.

Bob Bunker
1 year 3 months ago

Odor is a top 50 prospect, Choice is a top 100 ready to play prospect, and they have some good young pitching outside of Perez. I think it will be hard for the Rangers to offer that much let alone the Rays get more.

Wacha is crazy off limits and Carlos Martinez is a pretty great pitching prospect (top 30 in the league) and Grichuck is a ready OF that can play CF and has a good bat.

Mariners have Paxton, Franklin, Zunino, Walker, Miller, and other young prospects that are MLB ready which is a huge boost for the Rays who want to contend next year.

johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

Think Seattle has found their own version of Price in Paxton that is both affordable and controllable for 6 more seasons.

LH power pitchers, with the ability to touch 97+ late in a game, sit at the 94+ range all game long and throw consistent strikes are very tough to find.

Tampa and Friedman would love to get hold of Paxton, but seriously doubt Seattle would oblige them and not for a season and a half rental of Price.

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

Here’s hoping the Orioles bring back Pearce…or trade for Giancarlo Stanton.
I’m fine either way…

FOmeOLS
1 year 3 months ago

No, that’s not my logic at all.
I am basically saying 1) Price would be extremely expensive. 2) the cardinals would-probably- have to include Wacha in any package they might offer to Tampa if they were interested in Price.
I also said, apparently not clearly enough, that, although St Louis has the depth necessary to trade for Price, they don’t need him, so any hypothetical trades are completely moot.