AL East News and Rumors
Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job
MLB.com Updated 3 hours ago
Former big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers Acquire Peralta From Raysnytimes.com 7 minutes agoReliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.Upvote Share Tweet
Holt past concussion, looking ahead to 2015MLB.com 3 hours agoA late-season concussion aside, one of the few bright spots for the Red Sox in 2014 was the play of Brock Holt, who came out of nowhere to contribute all over the diamond. Holt is now concussion-free, and he is going through his offseason as planned.Upvote Share Tweet
Rumor roundup: Sandoval market taking shapeMLB.com 3 hours agoFree-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval continued to be a source of considerable Hot Stove speculation on Thursday, with the Blue Jays reportedly in the mix of suitors. Here's a recap of the major Hot Stove stories of the day.Upvote Share TweetThe Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta and minor league left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night in exchange for young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.Upvote Share Tweet
Cashman sleeps on street to support causeMLB.com 14 hours agoAlong with more than 750 of the nation's top executives, Yankees GM Brian Cashman participated in the Covenant House's "Sleep Out" movement, aiming to raise awareness for homeless youth. It marked Cashman's fourth consecutive year supporting the event.Upvote Share TweetIn his pursuit of Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his intentions clear in a message to the free-agent catcher's representative.Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox showing signs for another quick turnaroundMLB.com Nov 20 (yesterday)With the Red Sox in high pursuit of Jon Lester and Pablo Sandoval, the club seems to view this offseason as a chance to reload and regroup and get back to where it once belonged.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays may get involved in talks with SandovalMLB.com Nov 19 (yesterday)On the same day Pablo Sandoval left Boston, reports are surfacing that the Blue Jays may have interest in the free-agent third baseman.Upvote Share Tweet
Big Deals on Minds of Owners During MLB Meetingsnytimes.com Nov 19 (yesterday)Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for more than 13 years until last spri…Upvote Share TweetThe Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.Upvote Share Tweet
Navarro out to prove critics wrong againMLB.com Nov 19 (yesterday)Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro proved a lot of his critics wrong in 2014, but now he'll have to do it all over again.Upvote Share TweetThe Red Sox have extended an offer to lefty Jon Lester, and they are close to making one to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, sources tell MLB.com.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Nov 18 (3 days ago)At some point, Pablo Sandoval will sit down and consider everything the Giants and Red Sox are putting on the table. Both teams will offer financial security and a great baseball environment. Both teams will offer the opportunity to be part of a corners…Upvote Share TweetFree agent catcher Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays finalized an $82 million, five-year contract on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
The A's Just Claimed Subject 6 From The Duke Fuck Listdeadspin.com Nov 18 (3 days ago)The Oakland A's just claimed outfielder and first baseman Alex Hassan, plucking him from the Boston Red Sox farm system. You might be wondering why we are telling you about a 26-year-old career minor leaguer getting claimed off waivers, and the reason i…Upvote Share Tweet
Reliever Peralta Heading To L.A.Nov 21Jerry Crasnick discusses how Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman's familiarity with the Tampa Bay Rays' organization likely contributed to the trade that brings reliever Joel Peralta to Los Angeles.
Buster's Blog: Cubs Miss MartinNov 20Buster Olney discusses Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays and, in light of this, whether the Cubs will still prioritize signing a catcher in the offseason.
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As Chicago Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not …Nov 20As the Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not to second-guess their hiring of his successor, Marc Trestman, Michael Wilbon writes.
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