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AL East Around The Horn – Hot Stove Talk

Boston better snap out of their post season celebrations long enough to tend to their own Free Agents.  The longer they wait to sign Mike Napoli. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury, the longer the odds will be for the club to resign them.  Ellsbury is likely gone, and Drew could also be replaced with Bogaerts/Middlebrooks, however their Catcher and First Base scenario's need to be addressed

Boston better snap out of their post season celebrations long enough to tend to their own Free Agents. The longer they wait to sign Mike Napoli. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury, the longer the odds will be for the club to resign them. Ellsbury is likely gone, and Drew could also be replaced with Bogaerts/Middlebrooks, however their Catcher and First Base scenario’s need to be addressed.  Other than A.J. Pierzynsnki, there is not a backstopper left on the FA market that would be equal or greater than Salty.  As for Napoli, there is not many 1B with power on the market, and I can’t see them bringing in James Loney or Justin Morneau.

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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

Trading Jose Bautista would be the dumbest thing the Canadian franchise could do - unless they brought back a bonafide ace pitcher - or Gold Glove Caliber and perennial ALL - Star Player.  it absolutely baffles me that Toronto is dangling this guy out there.  If I can borrow a line from our Phillies correspondent Chris Creighton, "The Blue Jays Hitters approach the plate like they are on the 23rd second of a  24 second shot clock.

Trading Jose Bautista would be the dumbest thing the Canadian franchise could do – unless they brought back a bonafide ace pitcher – or Gold Glove Caliber and perennial ALL – Star Player. it absolutely baffles me that Toronto is dangling this guy out there. If I can borrow a line from our Phillies correspondent Chris Creighton, “The Blue Jays Hitters approach the plate like they are on the 23rd second of a 24 second shot clock.”

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.

Example of this:  Don’t trade him unless you bring back 2B Brandon Phillips + Tony Cingrani, or trade him to Detroit for Max Scherzer.

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.

The Tampa Bay Rays should be getting into the Mark Trumbo talks.  St. Louis looks to have their 1B wrapped up – with potentially playing Matt Adams there, and moving Allen Craig to RF.

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)  

 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.

The Orioles are dreaming if they think they can remain dormant in Free Agent Signing's - and going into 2014 with the same club they resembled at the end of the 2013 year.  Small transactions are just not going to cut it.

The Orioles are dreaming if they think they can remain dormant in Free Agent Signing’s – and going into 2014 with the same club they resembled at the end of the 2013 year. Small transactions are just not going to cut it.

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About nickdelahanty

Nick is a recent graduate of Felician College in Rutherford NJ, and already has a lot of experience in the Communications field. He spent the 2013 season as the New Jersey Jackals Broadcast and Media Relations Intern, and was promoted to Assistant Media Director in 2014. Before writing for Baseball Essential, Nick served as a Team Correspondent Writer for MLB Reports, and continues to write for them as a Featured Writer. You can follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Delahanty

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