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AL East Rumour Roundup: Friday February 17

Slow day outside of a few links and stories:

-The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates finally consumated the long rumoured AJ Burnett trade with Burnett heading to Pittsburgh in exchange for minor leaguer pitcher Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones.

Scouts like the power arm of Diego Moreno, but there are a lot of questions about his maturity, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter) had the early reads on the Yankees’ imports from the Pirates.  Moreno can reach 98 mph on the gun but has command issues while Exicardo Cayones can hit but doesn’t have much in the way of power.

-Boston Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield called it a career at age 45 after a 19-year career.  He owns a career 200-180 record, a 4.41 ERA and 2156 strikeouts over a whopping 3226.1 IPs.  He is Boston’s all time  leader in starts and innings pitched and was only 6 wins behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young for the all-time franchise mark.

Before deciding to call it a career, Tim Wakefield had offers from four clubs, writes Alex Speier of WEEI.com.  Agent Barry Meister says that one of the four offers was a guaranteed big league deal.

Wakefield didn’t consider any of those offers for long, tweets Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.  Upon hearing of the offers, the pitcher asked his agent, “Do they play for Boston?”

-In other Red Sox news veteran catcher Jason Varitek is leaning towards retiring.

AL East Rumour Roundup – Monday, February 13th

A pretty eventful day with a few big notes from around the American League:

From Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB Trade rumours:

-The Athletics made an unexpected move today, agreeing to terms with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year, $36MM contract. The agreement allows him to hit free agency after the 2015 season and leaves suitors such as the Marlins and Cubs empty-handed.

Here are some reactions to the deal…

Cespedes told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “super happy” and that his first goal is to make the team and stay healthy all season long.

Agent Adam Katz told Kevin Kennedy and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio that four to seven teams were seriously interested.

A’s director of player personnel Billy Owens told Jim Bowden and Casey Stern on MLB Network Radio that Oakland’s scouts have watched Cespedes play for four or five years and consider him a center fielder.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports weighs in on the deal and explains why Cespedes remains an unknown, even though we’ve seen his skills on YouTube.

One A’s person told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that the club is “not trying to finish in last place” and explained that free agents are reluctant to take Oakland’s money.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus hears that Katz sought either an eight-to-ten-year deal or a four-year deal and suggests Cespedes’ tools are as impressive as any player’s.

The Tigers were interested in Cespedes, but not at $36MM, GM Dave Dombrowski said, according to James Schmehl of MLive.com.

Word was the Jays were interested but it seems doubtful they were even close given the final contract numbers handed out to the Cuban outfielder.

-“Vladimir Guerrero has made it known to the Yankees that he wants their DH spot,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney, but Raul Ibanez remains the frontrunner.  Ibanez had a slightly worse 2011 season, but the Yankees seem to prefer his left-handed bat.

-Hours before today’s arbitration hearing, the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz settled at the midpoint for $14.575MM, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.  The new contract represents the largest-ever average annual value for a DH,


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