Dust off the baseball gloves and bats because pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks! The American League East is considered to be the best division in baseball and anybody can win the division. With that in mind, here is my preview and predictions of the American League East:
American League East:
Baltimore Orioles: The surprise team of the American League East. The Orioles shocked the baseball world by winning the East and making it to the American League Championship Series where they lost to the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles have lost major pieces to their offense and bullpen (losing Nick Markakis, Andrew Miller and Nelson Cruz to free agency.) Can the O’s repeat as AL East Champions despite their offense being gutted?
New York Yankees: The Core Four is gone and a new era begins in Yankee Stadium. With Derek Jeter gone, the Yankees have to rely heavily on their rookies and veterans. The successor to Mr. Jeter, Didi Gregorius has some massive shoes to fill. He won’t make Yankee fans forget about Jeter anytime soon, but can he be productive? With a healthy Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, can the Yankees return to the powerhouse they were once were? Also lets talk about the elephant in the room, Alex Rodriguez. After a year suspension, how would he produce to the Yankee lineup? Will Yankees fans embrace his return?
Boston Red Sox: After a disastrous 2014 campaign, the Red Sox reloaded this offseason by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to big contracts. After winning the tittle with the Giants, can Pablo Sandoval and the nine other newcomers to the team form a chemistry?
Toronto Blue Jays: Every year, it seems like it is the Blue Jays year to breakout and steal the American League East from their competitors. The Jays made a splash of moves this offseason by signing catcher Russell Martin and trading for upcoming star Josh Donaldson (in a curious yet unexpected move.) Will this be the season for the Blue Jays to finally break out and go to the playoffs? Blue Jays fans can only hope.
Tampa Bay Rays: This team has been gutted deeply. Literally. No Joe Maddon (Went to the Cubs.) No Andrew Friedman (Went to the Dodgers). No David Price (Still in a Tigers uniform.) No Will Myers (Went to the Padres.) So who is left? The only person who is left is star third baseman Evan Longoria. With a new coach in Kevin Cash, can the Rays shock the world again?