Morning Phil Up – 2/9/2014 – American League East Roundup
By Mike Lacy
Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz waves to the crowd after being named series MVP after game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
A few links from around the American League East:
Chowder and Champions – The Red Sox MUST Extend David Ortiz
Despite his advanced age, it is crucial for the Red Sox to extend their designated hitter’s contract. Serving as a DH, his age-related decline will likely be lessened, and considering the offensive numbers he has produced over the past few years, it would be a huge loss if he went elsewhere.
Camden Chat – Market Failure, Free Agency, and the O’s
As teams have gotten smarter about handing out big contracts, the pool of star players in free agency has dwindled. For the Orioles, this is a problem, as they had money to spend this offseason, but there were no available players who would have actually been worth the money.
Ray Colored Glasses – Should Desmond Jennings be Looking Over His Shoulder?
In 2011, Desmond Jennings looked like he was going to be the next great star for the Tampa Bay Rays. Since then, inconsistency has plagued him. He hasn’t been bad, just not the star he was expected to be. It’s possible that if he continues to struggle, he might start getting benched against right-handers in favor of Kevin Kiermaier.
Bleacher Report – Blue Jays Looking to Rebound Following a Season of Disappointment
After an eventful 2013 offseason, the Blue Jays were expected to compete. What actually happened was a disappointing season that saw them finish 17 games out of a playoff spot. But the Blue Jays are not without talent, and if their key players can stay healthy, they might finally live up to those once lofty expectations.
It’s About the Money – Projecting 2014: Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran is finally a Yankee. After years of pursuing the outfielder, Beltran will play the 2014 season in pinstripes. But at his advanced age, what can the Yankees truly expect from him? In the hitter friendly parks of the AL East, he will likely have a strong season.