Here’s a look at the AL and NL East..
- Yankees GM Brian Cashman understands the usefulness of dealing from a surplus in order to strengthen other areas, as Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News writes. Most recently, Cashman sent backup catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks, who Cashman feels could become an everyday player. “We’ve just had a collection of catchers,” Cashman says. “It’s happenstance. You can trade from that area. The players get developed and some make it and some don’t. When you have that, it’s easier to consider the trade options to fill up another area of need. The players in your system are there for you to use at the major-league level or to acquire things you may lack.” McCarron also discusses 23-year-old Gary Sanchez, who could some day be Brian McCann’s successor. Of course, he could also be traded some day to address a weakness, just like Murphy.
- The Marlins appear committed to first baseman Justin Bour, but they also want him to get in better shape, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes. Therefore, Miami will consider some inexpensive right-handed hitting platoon options this winter. Bour, 27, slashed .262/.321/.479 with 23 homers across 446 plate appearances in his rookie season.
- More from Jackson, who writes that the Marlins want to add two veteran starters in part because they don’t want to have to bank on a youngster like Justin Nicolino, Adam Conley or Jose Urena to be the fifth starter. Still, those younger pitchers will be given a chance to compete with a veteran for the No. 5 slot.