The Red Sox were praised for their approach last offseason, but the Yankees‘ method can work too, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. However, just like last year’s Red Sox, the Yankees will have to get unexpected performances. The Red Sox got surprise contributions from Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, who was acquired for cash from the Mariners, and another from left-handed reliever Craig Breslow. Yangervis Solarte is giving the Yankees that sort of performance so far and they’ll need more to stay strong throughout the year. More from today’s column..
- The Rockies are watching the Red Sox’ Double and Triple-A teams very closely. Even though the Rockies are off to a good start and assistant GM Mike Hazen tells the Sox have not heard from Colorado about a trade, Cafardo says it’s something to keep an eye on down the road. The Red Sox’ outfield started sluggishly and the Rockies have a surplus of outfielders, but at this time nothing like that has been discussed.
- Any talk of Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers being in trouble likely isn’t accurate since he’s been the victim of bad luck more than anything. “If Kevin Towers got fired over injuries to key personnel we’d all be in trouble,” one National League GM said. Arizona has lost major additions in right-handed starter Bronson Arroyo (back) and outfielder Mark Trumbo (foot) as well as ace Patrick Corbin (elbow).
- Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who has yet to play this season, will soon begin extended spring training after rehabbing his knee. He could be a trade candidate if he’s healthy since he’s owed $9.5MM this season and $8MM in 2015, which isn’t prohibitive.
- There’s a lot of sentiment for asking Bud Selig to stay on for at least another year as baseball commissioner, until the owners can truly find a new leader.