AL East News and Rumors
Yankees must counter Boston's big movesMLB.com Nov 27 (yesterday)With the Red Sox already deep into their offseason makeover, it's time for the Yankees to make a splash -- perhaps by signing Jon Lester -- to show that they are committed to being in the mix for the 2015 AL East title.Upvote Share Tweet
O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battleMLB.com Nov 27 (yesterday)Diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in Spring Training, Orioles Minor League catching coordinator Don Werner was confined to his home and endured numerous surgeries, 16 chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiation treatments, the last of which came Friday …Upvote Share Tweet
Rays snag Frieri for $800K, DFA RodriguezESPN.com Nov 26 (yesterday)Reliever Ernesto Frieri and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cashThe Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's movesThe American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.Upvote Share Tweet
What might Yanks, Dodgers do, and when?At this point, it's uncertain if the Dodgers are the Yankees of the West or if the Yankees are the Dodgers of the East. They are baseball's preeminent payroll superpowers, and they've both been eerily quiet in the early going of the Hot Stove season. We…Upvote Share TweetWhen Hanley Ramirez went from the Red Sox to the Marlins in a blockbuster trade after the 2005 season, he was viewed as one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. Now 30, Ramirez returned to Boston on Tuesday after signing a four-year deal for $88…Upvote Share TweetBoston Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said Tuesday that the team remains "hopeful" of re-signing pitcher Jon Lester and indicated a willingness to exceed the $189 million luxury tax threshold as part of that pursuit.Upvote Share TweetPablo Sandoval put on a Boston Red Sox uniform Tuesday and was introduced to the media as Boston's new $95 million man. He sat there, next to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and said the things that players say at these types of press conferences: He was exc…Upvote Share Tweet
The Phillies are 'in no rush' to trade Cole Hamelsyahoo.com Nov 25 (3 days ago)Once again, Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels is one of the most intriguing names in trade talks. All around baseball, people have already matched up the pitching-thirsty Boston Red Sox as the best suitor for Hamels, though you have to figure no tea…Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays seek counter to Boston's splashMLB.com Nov 25 (3 days ago)Boston's signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval will have a ripple effect throughout baseball both in terms of free agency and trades. Here's a closer look at what it could mean for the Blue Jays.Upvote Share Tweet
Farrell: Yoenis will move from left field for HanleyMLB.com Nov 25 (3 days ago)Red Sox manager John Farrell made it clear on Tuesday that Hanley Ramirez will play left field for Boston in 2014, while incumbent starter Yoenis Cespedes will shift to center or right.Upvote Share Tweet
Dice-K To Return To Japan, Take His Mythical Gyroball With Himdeadspin.com Nov 25 (3 days ago)After six seasons with the Red Sox and two with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently returning to Japan, considering a contract with the defending champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He'll always be remembered for the hype, and for his unhittable pitc…Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees great Joe DiMaggio was overrated, says MLB historiannydailynews.com Nov 25 (4 days ago)On the date of what would have been his 100th birthday, the late Joe DiMaggio’s larger-than-life legacy lives on for countless Yankee fans whose opinions of the Hall of Famer are shaped largely by the breathless stories passed down from parents or grand…Upvote Share Tweet
Buster's Blog: Shortstop ShortageNov 26Buster Olney takes a look at the market, or lack thereof, for elite shortstops this offseason.
Red Sox Introduce SandovalNov 25Pablo Sandoval expresses his excitement to join the iconic Red Sox and is up for the challenge of bringing another title to Boston.
Buster's Blog: Hanley In The Outfield?Nov 25Buster Olney takes a look at how the Red Sox plan to use Hanley Ramirez and which former Boston player Ramirez could seek out for some advice.
SweetSpot TV: Chase HeadleyNov 24Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield take a look at Chase Headley's free-agent stock.
James Harrison is BackNov 28Interesting weekend of football, starting with the two marquee games Thursday, and two big ones Sunday: New England at Green Bay in the late-afternoon national window, and Denver at Kansas City on Sunday night. You’ll hear much about those games, and no…
Should RG3 Be QB2?Nov 26By Peter King I think Washington coach Jay Gruden made a mistake benching Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy. I say that with the full understanding that Griffin is awful right now. “He has the yips,” says Chris Cooley, the analyst on the team’s …
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Patriots-Packers showdown highlights quality post-Thanksgiving feast -- Jo…Nov 26John Clayton's First and Goal: After a three-game Thanksgiving Day feast, Week 13 offers plenty -- including a Patriots-Packers showdown -- to whet appetites.