AL East Recap: Napoli, Morse, Saunders, Blanco

Greg Fiume

The AL East has never been more wide open and with all five teams hoping to contend in 2013, there is a no shortage of rumors and transactions. Here is the latest from the division:

The Red Sox are still trying to make things work with free agent Mike Napoli, but their concern over medical issues has them offering the slugger just a one year deal at this point. With the Napoli talks going south, Boston is looking at some less-than-exciting options in Casey Kotchman, Lyle Overbay and Nick Johnson. Mike Morse is also on Boston's radar, but the cost in trade could be an issue.

The Orioles are looking for pitching depth now and focusing on bringing back Joe Saunders after missing on some of the big free agent bats and finding the Justin Upton trade market too pricey. They did reach an agreement with left fielder Nolan Reimold to avoid arbitration this week, addressing one outfield spot, but the team has made few impact moves this off-season. As for pitching Baltimore is at this point.

The Blue Jays added Henry Blanco to help give them some catching depth behind Josh Thole and J.P. Arrencibia.

Former Yankee Marcus Thames announced his retirement this week and he is joining the Yankee organization as a minor league hitting coach.

The Rays have made excellent use of Ben Zobrist’s versatility in recent years, but this latest Bugs Bunny-esque depth chart is going a bit too far.

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