American League East News

Rob Bradford writes about the Craig Kimbrel Conundrum. Kimbrel walked into spring training Saturday giving a great bulletin board quote, “It’s a pretty stat but at the end of the day it’s about winning and losing games.” Christopher Smith writes the Red Sox inked Eduardo Nunez to a two-year contract today with an average annual value of $4 million in 2018. Nunez has a player opt-out clause and the team has a buyout for 2019.

Andrew Susac is expected to held out of the next 3-to-4 days of Orioles camp due to a possible staph infection, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles placed Zach Britton with an achilles injury on the 60-day disabled list, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Los Angeles Angels and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer Close senior writer writes, Evan Longoria is in his first season as a San Francisco Giant after 10 years in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform, but he still follows his old organization from a new league and the opposite coast. He’s giving a thumbs-down to one particular roster move this spring.

 Jamie Garcia signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, reported by Alec Nathan. Troy Tulowitzki won’t require surgery on his right heel after the Blue Jays shut him down Wednesday when he aggravated a chronic bone spur, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports. A familiar starting rotation is key for the Blue JaysThe following season, the Blue Jays topped the AL in ERA behind Estrada, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ and Marcus Stroman

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