Around the AL East

Around the AL East
February 4, 2013, 11:00 pm

With spring training so close you can almost taste it — though what would it taste like, exactly? — let’s take a quick spin around the American League East.

*Don’t think you’re insulting Mark Teixeira if you call him overpaid. He’d agree with you. The Yankees first baseman was strikingly candid in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

"I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying, ‘You're overpaid.’ Because I am," Teixeira said. "We all are.  

"Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it. You're not very valuable when you're making $20 million. When you're [the Angels’] Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there's nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract."

*The Rays are inviting Wil Myers to major-league camp, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Baseball America rates Myers, a 22-year-old outfielder, as Tampa Bay’s No. 1 prospect. Acquired via trade with the Royals, Myers split last season between Double-A and Triple-A in the Kansas City system. He batted .314, with 37 homers and 109 RBIs, in 134 games and was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.

*Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, coming back from an Achilles tendon injury, should be ready by Opening Day, Boston general manager Ben Cherington said, as reported by mlb.com.

"He's hitting and doing his agility and starting to run," Cherington told MLB Network Radio Monday, after visiting Ortiz in the Dominican Republic last week. "He's David Ortiz. We'll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don't have any reason to think he won't be in our lineup on Opening Day."