American League East
Perennially one of the best divisions in the league, the East sent half of the AL playoff teams to the playoffs last year. With the Red Sox’s offseason acquisitions, the Yankees’ prospects, and the Blue Jays’ free agent losses, it will be interesting to see how the division plays out this year.
1) Boston Red Sox: Starters - 1, Bullpen - 2, Lineup - 1
Yankees GM Brian Cashman called the Red Sox the “(Golden State) Warriors of baseball” for good reason. After winning the division last year, they added key pieces in the offseason to improve their team. Not only did they make a high-profile trade for top pitcher Chris Sale, which gave them arguably the best top three starting pitchers (SPs) in baseball (Porcello, Sale and Price), but they also made another key trade. They traded for reliever Tyler Thornburg, who had a 2.15 ERA and 90 strikeouts (SOs) in 65 innings last year. This move shored up their bullpen, which already has a very good closer (Craig Kimbrel), and some other nice players.