A look at the AL East..
- The Orioles came “very close” to acquiring Ben Revere from the Phillies before the Blue Jays swooped in and got him, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets.
- Orioles GM Dan Duquette said that designating Bud Norris for assignment was “a personal disappointment,” as Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com tweets. Baltimore explored trades with every team they talked to before DFA’ing him, so they’re not terribly optimistic now, she adds.
- The Red Sox didn’t make big moves today but GM Ben Cherington says he now has a better sense of what Boston could do in the offseason in terms of trades, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe tweets.
- Rays President of Baseball Operations Matthew Silverman says he will continue to explore waiver deals in August, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.
- Red Sox manager John Farrell says he’s excited to see what he can get out of the newly acquired Ryan Cook, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald writes. “This is a guy that’s been a closer in the past,” Farrell said. “I know that there’s been some change of role out in Oakland. As we did with (recently acquired reliever) Jean Machi to come in and take a look at him, this will be a similar situation.”
John Farrell its time to start worrying about your job, your useless
The red sox rotation is useless. He didnt trade for those pitchers it was cherrington. He’s the one you should be complaining about.
When is the big trade for Sonny Gray for JBJ and Allen Craig happening?
That trade already happened Mr. Williams.. Did you miss the announcement?
Ben said he was always in touch with Farrell about trades.
So Farrell is excited to get another “project” as an option going into 2016. Take a look at his ERA. And Machi….lets see what these traveling Joes do in hitter friendly Fenway for 82 games.
Both he and Cherrington need to go….
Let’s see if “petey” can close.
Farrell is excited because that is the only thing he could get excited. The RS wins are so rare….
How about you take a look at his career era instead of just the 4 games he pitched in this season? Better now?
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I’ve loved watching the Orioles the past few years. Happy for the fans that finally had something to be proud of and to enjoy after over a decade of waiting. But sorry to say it – once the free agents take flight after the season, there is not much left. The farm system may have a few guys, but it’s not robust by any means. In short, the run is about to be over.
And the Blue Jays future is not much better – they’ll follow behind in a year or two.
Will be calling it the AL Least by 2017.
I feel like too much has been made of the O’s potential loss of pending free agents. Chen and Davis will be considerable losses, but that’s about it.
Wieters hasn’t made much of an impact over the past two seasons.
O’Day is probably gone, but bullpen arms are pretty replaceable. O’s got O’Day for peanuts a few years ago.
Who else is worth crying about? And they’ll still have Schoop, Hardy, Machado, Jones, Tillman, Ubaldo, Gausman, Britton. That’s a pretty good core right there, with at least $50MM available to sign another starter, a first baseman and a corner outfielder.
9 players are free agents out of 25 on the roster. That would hit any team hard. Sure you have plenty of talent still on the roster, but it’s going to take a lot of luck for that not to sink the Orioles for the next few seasons.
Baltimore is a hole.
To all the people who say toronto just wrecked its farm, we still have Pompey, ReidFoley, Harris, Pentecost, Alford, Osuna, etc left. Not only that, we have Donaldson, Martin, Tulo, Travis, Pillar all controlled long term. Joey bats and Edwin are here next year as well. NOT ONLY THAT, but the jays have around 50m coming off the books in salary next year in Buehrle (making over 20m), Dickey making 12.5m, Romeros deadweight money in 7.5 coming off, Izturis’ deadweight money coming off, and a bunch of other smaller salaries. The jays even with a lesser farm system, are in a long term position to keep winning.
The Rays have done a decent job restocking their farm and still have a decent rotation.. Plus, a solid bullpen.. The Yankees and Red Sox will be spenders and contenders every year.. Having 3 quality teams in a division hardly makes the AL East the NL East or the NL West.. The powerhouse division has clearly shifted though, from the AL East to the NL Central and they only have 3 solid teams with 2 rebuilding.. Such is baseball..
Cubs should add Norris. He’s always done good against nl central and has owned the cardinals in the past.
John Farrell becoming “excited” over a project middle reliever is the epitome of the Red Sox season: Pathetic. He absolutely has to go the day after the season ends. I am, perhaps madly, willing to give Cherington another year to turn it around, only because he got us out of the 2012 disaster and has built the farm system (that the Red Sox never seem to use). New regimes usually mean that they don’t value guys who are not their own (see Aj Preller), and I don’t want the stockpiling of young talent to go completely for not.