AL East Around The Horn – Hot Stove Talk
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The Yankees should still covet Carlos Beltran as their #1 target. As far as length goes, who cares if he wants a 4th year. What all of a sudden you care about employing a 40 year old?
The Red Sox better watch themselves for their inactivity. There are not many Catchers on the open market right now, and all of a sudden Jarrod Saltalamacchia is growing in value.
Also, don’t count out the Seattle Mariners making a pitch for Mike Napoli. He is one of those guys who can transcend lineups with big swings.
The M’s can boost attendance with some early season wins – and have money to spend
Mike Napoli Highlights 2013 – Mature Lyrics so parental guidance is advised
Toronto Blue Jays: For the love of god fellas, you better bring back an ALL – Star or a number 1 Pitcher if you decide to trade Jose Bautista.
Guys that smack 40 HRs, carry an OBP of over .400 – and only cost $14 MIL per campaign are rare.
Toronto is also missing the ball on everything in Free Agency this winter. The club should be one of those teams to enter the Saltalamcchia sweepstakes. Dude has a great OBP.
If I were the Blue Jays, I would also offer Shin-Soo Choo whatever it takes to bring in his services. An awesome OBP is good to a team that doesn’t know how to take pitches at all.
Knowing Andrew Freidman, he will probably sign a guy like Justin Morneau on the cheap, and the guy will bounce back to have a mega year.
Seriously though, Trumbo would be perfect for the team. I don’t think it would take much more than a Jeremy Hellickson, plus another arm to do it.
Orioles Acquire Brach from Padres
By Nicholas Delahanty (MLB Reports O’s Writer) Follow @Nick_Delahanty
In an effort to try to bolster the bullpen, the Baltimore Orioles completed a trade with the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Brad Brach. The Padres will acquire minor league pitcher Devin Jones in the deal.
Brach, 27, was designated for assignment by the Padres last week. A 42nd Round Pick in the 2008 MLB Draft out of Monmouth University, Branch spent the last three seasons with the Padres, appearing in 109 games, 67 of which coming in the 2012 campaign.
In his 33 appearances in 2013, he was 1-0 with a 3.19 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.
Jones, 23, was a ninth-round draft pick out of Mississippi State in 2011. In his three years with the Orioles, Jones failed to impress the team, posting a career 15-18 record with a 4.67 ERA in 67 games, 34 of them being starts.
Hoping that Jones would be starting rotation material, Jones struggled throughout the 2013 season, going 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA in 25 starts between Single A and Double A ball.
This move could ultimately help the Orioles bullpen, especially late in games. Brach struggled this past season with getting right handed hitters out, as they batted .345 against him, while lefties had more difficulty, only batting .232 against the 6 foot 6 righty.
With a very high strikeout rate (Career average 10.1 strikeouts per 9 innings), Brach does have potential, and could prove to be a valuable option in the Orioles bullpen in 2014.
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Posted on November 27, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 3b Xander Bogaerts, @nick-delahanty on twitter, a.j. pierzynski, AL East, baltimore orioles, boston red sox, brad brach, brandon phillips, carlos beltran, cincinnati reds, Devin Jones, jacoby ellsbury, james loney, jarrod saltalamacchia, justin morneau, mark trumbo, max scherzer, new york yankees, nick delahanty, shin-soo choo, stephen drew, tony cingrani, toronto blue jays, will middlebrooks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.