View from the Center: A.L. East Breakdown
Welcome to "View From the Center," where our resident pseudo-expert slash Cincinnati Reds fan Jeff Gentil takes a regular rundown of the topics of interest within baseball's divisional landscape. Last week, awards. This week, we break down the division races.
New York Yankees: As usual, the Yankees are not content with their current roster. While they're not looking to add a top-of-the-rotation starter or big bat, they are looking at bench help. When you have the best record in baseball, and the deepest pockets, you can afford to make any and all moves necessary. But if A.J. Burnett continues to pitch and act like he has lately, anything can happen.
Baltimore Orioles: Things are so bad on the field that the biggest news concerning the team are that talks continue with Buck Showalter to become the new manager. No word on why the negotiations have dragged out this long, but you can imagine some of the snags involve how much control Showalter will have over player moves and how much additional money the team is going to commit to attracting free agents. This one was supposed to be wrapped up by the All-Star break but honestly, what's the hurry?
Boston Red Sox: As the team continues to play without several of its regulars, they continue to fall further behind in the standings. Undoubtedly, the team has the money and prospects to trade for a big name, but no rumors are very hot at this point. Will they actually be content for third place? Don't bet on it. There's still time to make a charge, but if they don't turn it around soon, they will be home in October.
Tampa Bay Rays: If the Rays are serious about making another charge toward the World Series, they may need another arm or big bat. Apparently the team is in on the Jayson Werth conversation that has heated up this week. That would be a big boost to their offense, but can the team take on additional payroll? Unfortunately for them, that's always going to be a big question mark.
Toronto Blue Jays: Quietly plugging along in fourth place, the Blue Jays, while a game over .500, are still 12 games behind the Yankees and a full five behind the third-place Red Sox. Sadly, the Jays are neither buyers nor sellers and appear to be content with the status quo. Well, that's boring isn't it?