The big news out of the American League East today were a couple peripheral signings with the Yankees signing Juan Rivera, the Rays signing Kelly Johnson, and the Red Sox signing Ryan Sweeney. We also have some nice analysis from DRaysBay, a great editorial from Over the Monster, and a hard-to-answer question from Pinstriped Bible.
Here's all the latest:
- Red Sox bring back Ryan Sweeney on minor league deal - MLB Daily Dish
The Red Sox will bring back outfielder Ryan Sweeney on a minor league deal, giving him a chance to compete for the team's fifth outfielder spot.
Hoping For A Good Start, Wishing For A Little Hope - Over the Monster
The last 16 months have brought a level of numb depression to Red Sox fans. Can the 2013 team provide, if nothing else, at least a little hope?
- Rays Rumors: Tampa Still Looking to Add a Bat - MLB Daily Dish
With James Loney added and Kyle Farnsworth and Luke Scott coming back, the Rays could stand pat on the roster they have. It's not great, but they could go into the season with it as is. Instead, they may be looking to add another bat.
- Tampa Bay Rays to sign Kelly Johnson - MLB Daily Dish
The Tampa Bay Rays will sign second baseman Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract.
Platooning at First Base - DRaysBay
The Rays should sit James Loney in favor of Roberts or Rodriguez in games started by a left handed pitcher.
- Yankees notes: New York will miss Russell Martin - MLB Daily Dish
The New York Yankees will miss catcher Russell Martin for several reasons.
Derek Jeter injury: Yankees' captain resumes baseball activities - MLB Daily Dish
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed baseball activities on Monday for the first time since suffering his broken ankle.
The Yankees Have No "Kids" to Let Play - Pinstriped Bible
"People often say 'Let the Kids Play.' I'm here to tell you that there really aren't any that can just be given a job. It's tougher than people think."
Trying to Figure Out Colby Rasmus - Bluebird Banter
One of the most inconsistent and frustrating players in baseball has a wide range of possible outcomes in 2013.