Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/21/11
The latest news and notes out of the AL East: The Rays have talked about trading B.J. Upton but will likely end up keeping him, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider link). While Upton is becoming more expensive, the Rays would have difficulty replacing his offensive and defensive production on the cheap. The Red Sox are "kicking around their preference" between trying to sign Hiroki Kuroda or trade for Gio Gonzalez, writes Yahoo's Tim Brown. WEEI's Alex Speier takes an in-depth look at the process of converting relievers to starters, with a focus on the Red Sox. Speier notes that even though the Sox are preparing Daniel Bard to start, it doesn't necessarily mean the right-hander will end up in the rotation. Baseball America published their choices for the Rays' top ten prospects today, and though there are some surprises, the name atop the list isn't one of them. For a few Orioles items, check out our post from earlier this morning.
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