Many pitchers and catchers have been around for almost a week now and the free agent market seems to finally be heating up a little as clubs try and finalize their rosters.
Here are some brief notes from around the AL East:
- Manny Machado arrived in Orioles camp over the weekend and said playing shortstop this season has got nothing to with the money but rather that it is where he feels he can best help the Orioles in 2018.
- Jonathan Schoop also arrived in camp and said that he feels bad for missing the Orioles FanFest. Apparently he missed the FanFest due to ongoing arbitration hearings at the time. If I was an Orioles fan, I would be pissed. Schoop did promise to make it up to Orioles fans.
- Looks like the Orioles are not done yet for the offseason. Executive VP, Dan Duquette, said the Orioles are still looking for pitching and a left handed hitter.
Boston Red Sox
- Dustin Pedroia doesn’t have a specific return date from his left knee surgery. Some reporters were suggesting around mid-May.
- Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora, hinted at using Craig Kimbrel in higher leverage situations and not necessarily just in the ninth inning. Apparently Kimbrel is fine with this even though he will be a free agent after 2018 and one would imagine that he wants as many save opportunities as possible this season. Good on Kimbrel, putting the team first.
New York Yankees
- New Yankees Manageer, Aaron Boone, said that 21 year old top prospect Gleyber Torres will play second base, shortstop and third base this Spring as they evaluate him in a shot to make the Opening Day roster. Definitely one to watch this Spring – Torres is fifth highest ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline.
- Clint Frazier has apparently asked Aaron Boone if he can have a shot at center field this Spring. There’s a lot of competition in that Yankee outfield.
- Aaron Boone doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to name his Opening Day starter, although most expect it to be Luis Severino.
Tampa Bay Rays
- The Rays had a busy Saturday as they made no less than three moves and all but confirmed they’re in the process of rebuilding.
- The Rays traded starting pitcher, Jake Odorizzi to the Minnesota Twins for shortstop prospect, Jermaine Palacios. He is ranked the 27th prospect in the Twins organization per MLB Pipeline.
- The Rays also went and acquired first baseman CJ Cron from the LA Angels for a player to be named later. Apparently they were looking for more right handed bats in their lineup.
- In a shock move the Rays designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. The move is part of an attempt by the Rays to reduce payroll. Dickerson was set to make $5.95m this season.
Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are not done yet. They’re looking for some help in the bullpen.
- Aaron Sanchez felt fine after throwing his 2nd bullpen session this Spring. Remember he was limited to under 40 innings last season due to a recurring blister issue. Fingers crossed if you’re a Blue Jays fan.