- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Baltimore Orioles
- Toronto Blue Jays
The additions the Red Sox made this year (Beltre and Lackey) will help to push them over the top, despite the loss of Jason Bay. The Red Sox made enough moves to de –throne the defending champions. Adding Cameron in center will give them a nice strong defense in the field. Watch out at the plate as there is not much Cameron will not swing at. Take a look at the starting rotation: Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Wakefield, Dice-K (when healthy), Buchholz. I am not scared of Clay, but the rest of those pitchers have the potential to be the most feared 5 man rotation in the majors this year.
The Yankees will be tough, of course. Curtis Granderson will be a nice addition to the team and offer a threat on the base paths that has been missing for awhile. Not worth writing about them anymore.
The Rays will make a big push to try and knock out both the Sox and Yankees. They have the bats and young arms to make this happen. Price leading the charge on the mound for his first full season, he is ready. Zobrist came along as a surprise at second last year and will again pack some punch this season. This team has youth and talent; they are a big threat to the AL East.
Baltimore will welcome back Tejada and his HGH with open arms. Perhaps that will help them put a competitive product on the field. Jones is coming into his own as an impact player and will do so again in 2010. This team’s pitching staff is put together like a patchwork quilt; they could still finish last again.
Say bye-bye to Roy. They do not have a pitcher that can fill those shoes, which is why I placed them in the cellar. The rest of team is growing. Adam Lind was a nice surprise, and free agent pickup in fantasy, last year. Look for the offense to continue to produce, while the pitching staff tries to decide who the real starters should be.