Having written some Blue Jay notes earlier today, let's look around the rest of the American League East … [1
9659003] " Unless something completely unforeseen happened
" Dave Dombrowski's figure The Red Sox
will stop all enlargement negotiations at the opening day, the team president told the baseball operations media (including Chris Cotillo from MassLive.com). Most players seem to have negotiated wrapped up before the actual games begin, with Dombrowski also citing his preference for missing distractions. Xander Bogaerts Rick Porcello
and Potentially J.D. Martinez
(if he carries out an opt-out clause) is all scheduled for a free office after the season. Negotiations with Bogaerts earlier this winter could not be an extension, while Sox had not yet discussed a new contract with Porcello in late February. Of course, the Red Sox has taken care of a great 2019-20 free agent by signing Chris Sale
for a new deal that will hold southpaw in Boston through the 2024 season.
Rays Third Baseman Matt Duffy is likely to lead to IL to begin the season, managing Kevin Cash told reporters (including Eduardo A. Encina and Marc Topkin from Tampa Bay Times). Duffy has been bothered by a hamstring problem for much of the spring and he will have tested after he was a late scratch from today's battle line. The versatile rays should not have many problems filling out Duffy in the short term, as Joey Wendle Yandy Diaz and Daniel Robertson are all options at third base. Encina and Topkin also believe that Duffy's injury could open the door to Guillermo Heredia to break the camp with the team unless the rays choose to use the roster spot on an extra jar.
The Yankees are considering including CC Sabathia on their opening day roster to immediately get veteran lefty & # 39; s five-game suspension out of the way, writes George A. King III in the New York Post . Sabathia is already slated for a stint on the damaged list when he returns from an offseason angioplasty and knee surgery, although he would head to IL after the first five games are up. The downside for the Yankees is that they should play with only 24 active players during Sabathia's suspension, although there is an evening within the first five games if anyone can need some early recovery.