AL EAST NEWS NOTES RUMORS

AL East Notes: Yankees, O’s, Norris, Jays

By Zach Links [August  1, 2013 at  3:19pm CST]

The non-waiver trade deadline is in the rear-view mirror, but there could still be some deals happening in August. For a recap of all the trading action pertaining to the AL East, check out Jeff Todd’s recap and analysis from last night. Here are more deadline-related links pertaining to the AL East…

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he had lots of late conversations as yesterday’s deadline approached, but he was unable to cross the finish line with any deals, writes Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
  • The Orioles were extremely active leading up to the deadline but also looked to make another move by acquiring a right-handed bat, writes Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.  While that didn’t come together, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still enthused about the additions of Scott  Feldman, Bud  Norris, and Francisco  Rodriguez.
  • Several front office execs told Keith Law of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req’d) they view Norris as a potential setup guy who would likely reach the upper 90s with a plus slider in that role.
  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters on a conference call, including Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, that there wasn’t much happening leading up to the deadline.  “It was pretty quiet overall,” Anthopoulos said. “We weren’t going to be involved in rentals unless it was a no-brainer, and anything we were going to do was going to help us not only in the current year but moving forward.”
  • While nothing came together for the Blue Jays, AA admitted that he’s always on the lookout for a starter given the way the rotation has been this year, according to Chisholm in his transcript of the call.
  • With Jose  Iglesias gone, Will  Middlebrooks and Xander  Bogaerts are on deck for the Red Sox at third base, writes Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
  • In a conference call with reporters, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington explained that if he was going to give up a long-term asset for pitching help, he wanted someone who could be a part of the club’s plans beyond this season, which led him to Jake  PeavyLauber writes.  “We went into the deadline feeling like if we could make a move to improve the team and protect our chances to compete and give us every chance to get into October we wanted to do that,” Cherington said. “We wanted to do it in a way that’s not all about this year, preferably, and we were able to find this deal that fit in that category.
 

 

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