It was on, then it was off, then it was on again. Now the Adrian Gonzalez trade to Boston is official, with the Red Sox having yet to agree to an extension with their new first baseman.
At his introductory press conference, Gonzalez jumped right into the rivalry. “I’m ready to beat the Yanks,” he said.
In other AL East news, the Orioles have traded for Mark Reynolds, adding a ton of power and strikeouts to the middle of their lineup. The Orioles gave up some pitching in the deal, because, you know, the last thing the Orioles need is pitching.
Things seem pretty quiet with the Yankees. I’m sure there’s plenty bubbling beneath the surface, but the team hasn’t been much of a physical presence so far.
As I understand it, most of the Yankees front office folks in attendance are gathered upstairs. That’s not unusual for this sort of thing. Brian Cashman isn’t exactly a roam-the-lobby kind of guy, and his crew doesn’t stray too far. The fact they aren’t especially visible doesn’t mean much.
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