AL East

The American League East is up for grabs this year.  Both the Yanks and Red Sox made much ballyhooed improvements this offseason and the Toronto Blue Jays have a plethora of young talent.  The Devil Rays finally seem to be going in a positive direction as well.  About the only team that won't be competitive over the next several years is the Orioles.

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Baltimore Orioles


Even though the Yanks improved their starting pitching with Mussina, they still have some serious questions, more so than at any time in the past 5 years.  For them to win the division, they will need at least one more quality reliever and probably 2, perhaps even 3 upgrades on offense.  The Red Sox simply need to find 2 decent starters out of 8 possible pitchers to fall behind Pedro.  Despite the Sirotka problem the Jays have enough talent to make some noise.  I've never been a big Fregosi fan so I'm betting that Martinez' will be able to coax a few more wins out of this team.  The Devil Rays are farther away from winning than many think, but it won't be because of offense.  Their farm is going to produce a half dozen quality everyday players in the next couple of years.  How they address their pitching quality and depth will determine how quickly they compete for the division crown.  The Orioles will start winning again 4 years after they decide to stop playing rotisserie baseball with that team.


1. Boston
2. New York
3. Toronto
4. Tampa Bay
5. Baltimore