Off The Bench’s 2017 AL East Season Preview
Ah the AL East, that hotbed of money, competition, and heartbreak. In 2016, the AL East earned the unique distinction of “division to produce the most playoff teams in one year – ever.” That, despite an arguably ho-hum season overall. The traditional powerhouse Yankees began their rebuild and the hapless Rays were hapless. The Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles were all similarly up and down, yet somehow all wound up in the playoffs. What on earth will 2017 bring?
New York Yankees: Age is just a number?
Besieged by old contracts, the Yankees slogged through many of the last few years; handcuffed by ownership, General Manager Brian Cashman bided his time. Finally, in 2016, he got the green light – and lo and behold, a GM emerged. Out went old, bad contracts and in came a slew of prospects. Cashman flexed his GM muscle in what now looks like a coup with Aroldis Chapman‘s quick jaunt over to Chicago for some jewelry shopping, followed by immediate return to the Bronx.
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