AL East notes, as Jon Lester gets the Opening Day nod for the Red Sox…
- Michael Bowden told WEEI's Mike Petraglia he knows he has a slim chance to make Boston's bullpen, so he hopes to create an opportunity for himself in Triple-A. The 24-year-old former first-round pick could be a nice trade chip for the Red Sox should a need arise; he could start for another club.
- Athletics GM Billy Beane explained to Joel Sherman of the New York Post why he felt Eric Chavez was on a Hall of Fame career path when he locked up the third baseman for $66MM seven years ago. Now 33 and operating on a minor league deal, Chavez appears likely to have his contract purchased by the Yankees to begin the season. In a blog post, Sherman notes that Andruw Jones, unlike Chavez, "is creating no buzz in Yankee camp."
- Talking to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Yankees GM Brian Cashman responded to Cliff Lee's comment that "it seems like some of the Yankee guys are getting older." Lee never raised that issue to Cashman, who concluded, "It doesn't really matter. It was a marriage that was not meant to be. That's life."