AL Oriental notes: Moreno, Rutschman, Red Sox

With Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansenand top prospects Gabriele Moreno all vying for game time in 2023, there has been constant speculation as to which of these receivers could be addressed to help the Blue jays address other needs. However, a trade isn’t necessarily a sure thing, as one (at least temporary) response could be to move Moreno out from behind the plate, as noted by Shi Davidi in a piece for Baseball America. Moreno has played a handful of first and third base games in the minors and the last game of the Blue Jays’ 2022 season saw him play as second baseman and left defender for the first time in his professional career.

We must be open to everything. That’s why you’ve seen him play in different positionsToronto GM Ross Atkins told Davidi and other reporters. “But at this point we need to be open to any way to maximize our 40 man roster and (take) is clearly an area of ​​depth.. “

A receiver athletic enough to play in other positions has extra value, and depending on how well Moreno fits in, his final future may not even be behind the pot. For example, the Diamondbacks find themselves seeking help ever since they were the hunters of the future Daulton Varsho provided such strong work in the outfield. Finding a way to put Moreno, Kirk and Jansen in the same line-up would be an advantage for the Jays, as Moreno doesn’t have much to prove to Triple-A. Return Moreno to minors “not our best result, most likely, given his progress“Atkins said.

More from all over the AL East …

  • Orioles GM Mike Elias has already said his team plans to spend more in 2023, although the size and nature of the payroll increase will of course only be determined as the off-season progresses. Not all Orioles spending should go to new talent, as Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun believes that “probably no moves made this winter would benefit. [the team’s] future more than guarantee [Adley] Rutschman it is part of it “. Blocking Rutschman for a large multi-year extension would follow the pattern of teams looking to lock up young star talent, as we saw with the Mariners’. Giulio Rodriguez and the brave Michele Harris II And Spencer Strider only in the last two months. There’s not necessarily a rush for the O’s to make a deal as Rutschman just finished his rookie season, but extending the receiver or any of Baltimore’s many up and coming young stars would seem like a logical next step in the front office processes.
  • The Red Sox are one of many teams facing some tough decisions on the 40-man roster this winter, and NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase takes a look at some of the prospects under consideration for roster seats. Some decisions are easier than others, such as center-back / shortstop Ceddan Rafaela will certainly be added to the 40 men after a strong season at the high A and Double A levels. Rafaela scored .299 / .342 / .539 with 21 homers and 28 steals out of 522 combined appearances at the two levels in 2022, and has also showed excellent defense in multiple positions.

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