Boston Red Sox
Reliever Alfredo Aceves delivered his latest example of petulance when he started lobbing up Little League-esque pitches during a round of live batting practice this week.
Much like Posada, Jason Varitek is in his former team’s camp, working as a special assistant. The former catcher and captain is apparently learning quite a bit from the experience.
Also, the Sox made a trade this week, acquiring first baseman-outfielder Mike Carp from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.
And ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes profiles new Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves, who threw a no-hitter in Baltimore in April of 1987 while a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Toronto Blue Jays
John Lott of the National Post points out that the Jays didn’t just trade for R.A. Dickey this summer – they also snagged a handful of catchers with experience working with the knuckleballer. Either Josh Thole or Henry Blanco – whoever wins the backup role behind J.P. Arencibia – is likely to become Dickey’s personal backstop.
Aside from that, the only other notable competition in Toronto’s camp is for the starting second baseman job, which will go to either Emilio Bonifacio or Maicer Izturis. (Bonifacio's versatility should lead to both will get plenty of time.)
Also, former Orioles pitching prospect Adam Loewen, now a minor league outfielder with the Jays, is relishing his Team Canada role at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Tampa Bay Rays
AL Cy Young Award winner David Price tossed a log into the fire this week, saying he wouldn’t ever sign with the Yankees because of their no-beard policy. He backtracked a bit the next day, calling them “probably the best organization in all of sports.”
James Loney's low-key personality didn't make him a particularly popular player in Los Angeles or Boston – and neither did the fact that he’s a first baseman with very little power. But the Rays say they want their free-agent acquisition to just be himself, a strong defender and gap hitter.
There’s also some baby news in Port Charlotte, as star third baseman Evan Longoria’s girlfriend Jaime Edmondson gave birth to their first child on Wednesday night.
That’s it for this week’s links. Click over to the blog for all the updates from the Orioles' camp down in Sarasota.