Good morning, Pinstripe Alley readers. Here's your morning news for Thursday, December 22nd.
- According to Mark Feinsand of The Daily News, Andruw Jones could make sense for the Red Sox as a right-handed power bat off the bench. Jones had a fantastic second half of the 2011 season, hitting .291 with a .416 OBP and nine homers.
- Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues discussed Baseball America's release of the Yankees top 10 prospects. He shares the same opinion I do, that it is surprising to see Major League ready arms such as David Phelps and Adam Warren left off the list in favor of young, projectable prospects such as Dante Bichette Jr. and Ravel Santana. It is clear Baseball America went with toolsy prospects, but it was still interesting to see them ignore players practically banging on the big league door.
- Baseball America also released the Rays top prospect list. Their top prospects of the last five years? Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings, David Price, Evan Longoria. That's just an unbelievable amount of cheap talent to bring into the system every year.
- Joe Pawlikowski took a look at the remaining pitching market, including Hiroki Kuroda, Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson, Gio Gonzalez, and Matt Garza. Additionally, it has been reported that Oswalt and Kuroda would accept one-year deals. If Brian Cashman doesn't make a move to upgrade the rotation, it won't be for a lack of options.
- Finally, from River Ave. Blues, an update on some injured prospects.