A few notes from the majors’ two East divisions:
- Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., right-hander Clay Buchholz, left-hander Drew Pomeranz, corner infielder Travis Shaw and catcher Blake Swihart could end up on the move this offseason if president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski tries to upgrade the team’s roster through trades, writes Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. The soon-to-be 27-year-old Bradley is easily the most appealing member of the group, and his name came up in trade talks involving White Sox aces Chris Sale and Jose Quintana over the summer. Another member of the potentially rebuilding White Sox – closer David Robertson – could pique the Red Sox’s interest this offseason, suggests Mastrodonato, who wonders if Chicago would accept Swihart in return.
- The Orioles have consistently made use of the Rule 5 draft in hopes of landing cheap diamonds in the rough, and they’ll once again take advantage of this year’s edition, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Among Baltimore’s recent selections are outfielder Joey Rickard (2015), left-hander T.J. McFarland (2012) and infielder Ryan Flaherty (2011). All three are still members of the organization, but major league success has mostly eluded them.
- When the Mets relieved Tim Teufel of his duties as their third base coach and catching instructor on Nov. 16, they gave him the opportunity to stay with the organization in a different capacity. Teufel will do just that, having accepted a role as a minor league instructor and club ambassador, per the Associated Press. The 58-year-old Teuful was a major league infielder from 1983-93 and spent parts of six seasons as a member of the Mets, with whom he won a World Series in 1986, and has also managed a few of their minor league affiliates.