Some buzz from around the American League…
- The Twins are looking at low-cost pitching help and have some interest in Clayton Richard, 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reports (Twitter link). After a rough 25-game/14-inning stint with the Cubs last season, Richard was released but posted much better results after signing on with the Padres. The lefty posted a 2.52 ERA over 53 2/3 innings for San Diego, starting nine of his 11 outings for the team.
- The Yankees have interest in signing infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. The former Mets regular hit just .167/.247/.242 over 78 plate appearances with the Cardinals and Giants last season.
- The renewed momentum towards getting a new ballpark in Oakland has shifted the Athletics’ focus, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. While Billy Beane has always hesitated to embark on a full rebuilding process, the longtime A’s executive notes that “it still has to be in the back of your mind that if you’re going to have a venue, make sure you’re going to have a good young team that’s sustainable. Finding players has never been a challenge for us. We’ve found good players. It’s retaining them, and we’re operating with the idea we’re going to be able to retain them.” Beane said the A’s will hiring additional staff for the scouting and international operations departments in order to help the club’s player development process.