2012 Divisional Chat: AL East
 
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The Winter Meetings are a little more than a week away, so let's start our Divisional Chat series with the only division to boast three 90-win teams this year.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:02 
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Did the Blue Jays do enough to be considered AL East favorites?
Yes
 ( 54% )
No
 ( 46% )

Sunday November 25, 2012 3:02 
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[Comment From TonyTony: ] 
Do the sox get napoli and swisher.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:03 Tony
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I think they'll reel in Napoli but not Swisher. Boston seems to be going all in on dead-pull RHB for Fenway.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:03 
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[Comment From AlexAlex: ] 
Can the O's repeat the magic they had in 2012 if they were to field the team they have today?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:03 Alex
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No, only because it's impossible to expect them to have a historic record in one-run games and to go nearly undefeated in extra innings again. Bullpens are very volatile from year-to-year. Doesn't mean they won't be good next year, but I wouldn't count on so many close wins again.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:04 
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Will the Jays make any other moves during the offseason?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:04 Guest
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Yeah, definitely. Nothing as significant as what they've already done, but I'm sure they'll bring in a few more arms.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:05 
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[Comment From IchiroIchiro: ] 
Will I be in RF opening day for the Yankees?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:05 Ichiro
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I believe so.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:05 
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[Comment From GG: ] 
What must the Red Sox do to contend next year?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:05 G
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First and foremost: figure out what happened to Lester. They need to upgrade that rotation and there's pretty much no one they can realistically bring in who is as good as Lester when right.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:06 
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[Comment From Omazing JoeOmazing Joe: ] 
Do Reynolds and McLouth return to Baltimore and if not, who replaces them?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:07 Omazing Joe
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McLouth yes, Reynolds no. They seem like a fit for someone like Jason Bay, a roll the dice guy.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:07 
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[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 
Napoli having great numbers against Sox: A product of him fitting at Fenway, or an Indication of how terrible Boston's pitching has been in the last few years.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:07 Danny
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Small sample size more than anything.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:07 
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[Comment From DiggsDiggs: ] 
Think this is the year the Rays trade Shields?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:08 Diggs
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I don't think so. I think Hellickson is first in line to be traded, and I wouldn't be surprised if Price went before Shields at some point in the next 12 months. Price will be out of this world expensive.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:08 
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[Comment From ShaneShane: ] 
Can the jays compete with what the marlins couldn't?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:09 Shane
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Yes because the supporting cast is so much better. Outside of Stanton and half-a-season of Sanchez, the Marlins didn't have much around those guys.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:09 
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[Comment From CJCJ: ] 
If the Yankees $189 million plan turned out to be fake, wouldn't that kill their credibility?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:09 CJ
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In theory, yes.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:10 
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[Comment From FrankFrank: ] 
With the right moves, Red Soxs can very easily win the AL East, and Yankees are looking good to finish last
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:10 Frank
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I disagree completely. The Red Sox on paper right now are maybe two wins better than last year.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:11 
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[Comment From LogJohnLogJohn: ] 
Why would Hellickson go first/
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:11 LogJohn
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Just a hunch. Boras client, still enough top prospect shine to boost his value even though his MLB performance has been good but not great.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:11 
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[Comment From CoryCory: ] 
Will jays trade JP?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:11 Cory
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I think so, but maybe not until after Russell Martin and Pierzynski sign.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:12 
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[Comment From JonnyJonny: ] 
Do the Blue Jays get another bat for DH or do you think that Adam Lind can finally put it together and hit about .270 with power?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:12 Jonny
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I think Lind gets another chance. He and Encarnacion will rotate DH and 1B responsibilities, most likely.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:12 
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[Comment From JordanJordan: ] 
Do you think Gibbons was the right hire for the jays? and if not who would you have gone with?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:13 Jordan
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I thought it was interesting that both young ALE GMs (AA and Cherington) went with managers they know well and have a history with during a crucial offseason. Gibbons was a good hire in my opinion. He's smart with the bullpen and the lack of accountability we saw last year will be a thing of the past.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:14 
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[Comment From JoeJoe: ] 
RED SOX BULLPEN=Second to Orioles bullpen in AL East? Yankees are not as good, and Rays are always shaky, Toronto can mash, but they don't have as good a bullpen as the Sox
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:14 Joe
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Assuming Rivera re-signs, Bailey is fifth best closer in the division. Who knows what they'll get out of Bard and Melancon at this point. Red Sox needs arms, lots of 'em.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:15 
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[Comment From TrevorTrevor: ] 
Do you think the Jays need to target an established closer?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:15 Trevor
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No, I really like Janssen. There's plenty of room for another very good late-inning arm though. Madson would be a great fit there in my opinion. Wouldn't have to be "the guy" right away, but there's a clear path for him to take over the closer's role if he bounced back.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:16 
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Does Soriano resign with the Yanks? Or do you see him going elsewhere?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:16 Guest
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Definitely elsewhere, just don't know where.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 
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[Comment From KevinKevin: ] 
do you think Bobby Valentine was the cause of a soon-to-be awful few years for the Sox?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 Kevin
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Not the only cause, but he certainly didn't help.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 
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[Comment From Andy PettitteAndy Pettitte: ] 
Will I come back for another year?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 Andy Pettitte
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I think so. If he does, Yanks will be done with their rotation other than a miscellaneous minor league depth signing or two.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 
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[Comment From Andrew FriedmanAndrew Friedman: ] 
What kind of signings will I make this offseason for the bullpen?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:17 Andrew Friedman
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The usual, low-risk one-year fliers. Maybe someone like Brandon Lyon.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:18 
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[Comment From mini buckmini buck: ] 
do the O's make an offer for Cody Ross
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:18 mini buck
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I think so, but I am not a fan of Ross at his reported price. Gomes at 2/10 >>> Ross at 3/25.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:19 
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[Comment From JoshJosh: ] 
Out of 1-100, what do you think are the chances of the Orioles signing Josh Hamilton
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:19 Josh
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I picked him to sign with the O's in my Free Agent Contest list, so I'll go with pretty darn good.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:19 
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[Comment From Shawn MarcumShawn Marcum: ] 
Do you think the Jays will bring me back?
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:19 Shawn Marcum
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Seems like a good fit, no? That said, I remember reading something saying AA isn't a big fan. Marcum's a personal fave, very tough dude.
Sunday November 25, 2012 3:20 
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