The AL East was busy with some moves today.
The Toronto Blue Jays traded Vernon Wells to the Angels for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. Wells will be in CF, split by Abreu in LF and Torii Hunter in RF. The Angels lost out on Beltre and were looking to add some offense.
Meanwhile the Rays added both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. Frankly, I don’t think it helps the Rays much. Tampa Bay did lose a lot this year. Crawford, Pena, Benoit, Soriano … they traded Bartlett and Garza… but I don’t think the aging Damon (who’ll play LF) or Manny (DH) will help. Damon on Astroturf? I wonder if his legs will hold up. Not to mention that I don’t think he has the arm to play the OF anymore. He is 37. Manny will DH, and he’ll be 39 in May. That attitude, plus the fact he didn’t do much in 2010 (90 games combined Dodgers/White Sox; combined .298-9-42, OPS+ a good 138 but only 2 RBI in 69 AB for the White Sox).
Rumors are that Vlad could be Baltimore bound. The O’s made some decent moves, and Buck is a good manager. That short LF (364 to LCF) could help Vlad. Vlad, Derrek Lee, Kevin Gregg, Uehara… all help the O’s. You still wonder about their starting staff, but the O’s could finally be on the upswing.