AL East shakeup begins the Hot Stove season

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As the first week of the offseason gets underway, the proverbial Hot Stove has simply been lukewarm. But last night the Tampa Bay Rays made the first move, which now leaves the Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in a position to counter. Here’s the deal the Tampa Bay Rays made with the Seattle Mariners to fill a few of their vacant positions:

To Tampa Bay Rays: SS Brad Miller, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, RHP Danny Farquhar
To Seattle Mariners: RHP Nate Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, OF Boog Powell

The Rays recently lost both their DH in John Jaso and their shortstop in Asdrubal Cabrera to free agency and the team wasted no time filling both positions with Brad Miller and Logan Morrison. With the Rays making the first trade of the offseason, it puts the other teams in the AL East on edge.

The Yankees are currently in the middle of revamping their 40-man roster which included bringing back Brendan Ryan as the utility man and releasing Chris Martin where he eventually signed a one-year deal in Japan. The Yankees also re-instated many of their players from the 60-day DL which included Chase Whitley, who could be a potential major league option next season after he injured his elbow and needed Tommy John Surgery in the beginning of 2015.

Of course, there is still plenty of offseason left–almost four months worth–so the Yankees have more than enough time to get a few deals done. But with the Rays quickly plugging in the holes that were left vacant, could the Yankees follow in the Rays footsteps? Or will the Yankees take the “slow and steady wins the race” approach and wait until the Winter Meetings, where every team will be looking to add more arms to their rotations and bats for their lineups?

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5 Responses to AL East shakeup begins the Hot Stove season

  1. Celerino says:

    If anyone besides me was wondering, Boog Powell is not related to the great Orioles slugger of the 60's and 70's.

  2. Paul says:

    I used to years ago love the off season to see who the Big Name difference makers the Yankees would buy… No longer the case…I miss Genius of Bob Watson and Gene Michaels..they new how to build a club around the core four. Paul O'Neil .. Jimmy Key.. David Cone and so on …We will now have years of pain to rebuild.. We have some great kids in farm system… But we need to find and develope young arms.. Look at the Mets core of young pitchers! The Yankees are content today to be just Competative.. That passion to win it all seams gone.. That passion is what won it all for KC… Great mix of home grown talent sprinkled in with some Vets. God am I green with envy! How I miss the chemistry of the 98 Yankess.. I do however have One of Mickey Mantles 65 Jerseys which he personally signed for me that I can look at and dream .. My childhood hero and most prized possession!

  3. hotdog says:

    Good to see Boog Powell getting another chance…well deserved…

  4. Terry says:

    We'll have to wait and see on what the off season plan is for the Yankees.The problem with the Yanks is more with the starting nine than the pitching or the bench.Take away the homers from Tex and Alex,there's not much left.BMc did okay but I expect a little more from him.Beltran had hot streaks but the whole body of work was below average,especially defensively.Don't need two DH's.Ells and Brett,already well documented on their struggles.Headley has kind of slid under the radar for how much he struggled offensively and defensively.Even Tex and Alex's avg's were sub par.Bright spots were the young guys.Bird,Slade,Ref,Didi and Murph all showed they have a future in the ML.So,to help the club, we'll have to get aggressive and move a starting player or two.I really don't see them adding to the payroll

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