AL East Hot Stove

By on December 1, 2009 in

A variety of conversations are taking place just four weeks into the MLB off-season. Ace pitcher Roy Halladay has declared that he will not approve of any trade deals until reporting to spring training with the Blue Jays, signifying his willingness to stay with the Toronto organization until reaching free agency at the end of next season. The All-Star previously stated that he would like to contribute to an already winning franchise.

Jeff Berry, longtime partner of Halladay’s agent Greg Landry, recently released this statement: “One thing is certain – once Roy reports to spring training as a member of the Blue Jays, from that point forward he will not approve or even discuss any potential trade scenario. This will eliminate a repeat of the distracting media frenzy of 2009 for both Roy and his teammates, and will allow Roy to focus on pitching at the exceptional level Jays fans have come to expect.” MLB experts believe Halladay could be swayed to accept deals from either the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, or Los Angeles Angels

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia would like to switch over to the shortstop position if the opportunity arises in 2010. “They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” said Pedroia. “They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for (Terry Francona) to call me and ask, ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.” Francona experimented with the 2008 MVP at the position in spring training in 2006. He was an All-American shortstop at Arizona State, and continues to take ground balls from the left side of the infield every season.

The Yankees are not offering arbitration to any free agents including Andy Pettitte, Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and Xavier Nady. New York hopes to bring Damon, Matsui, and Pettitte back without paying the expensive salaries that would come through arbitration. The three veterans collected at least $11 million apiece last season. Check here at Ace for more MLB off-season information!


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