AL East Round Up!

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The New York Yankees 

Sep 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop

Derek Jeter

(2) tips his cap to the crowd during the celebration ceremony for him as the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for via USA TODAY Sports

Unlike the Blue Jays and Red Sox, who have gone after the big names this off-season, the New Yankees are quietly assembling a core which could potentially push for yet another division title.

Up until last week, the only thing Yankees fans were able to get excited about was the return of third baseman Alex Rodriguez and even then, that’s not exactly something to write home about.

However, the Yanks finally woke up and made a move to replace ‘the captain’ with D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorius surrendering Shane Greene in the transaction.

At 24, Gregorius is regarded as a defensive first shortstop, something the Yanks haven’t had for years with Derek Jeter at the healm. Despite his defensive prowess, his offensive production will come up short to Jeter’s at least for the time being.

The other move GM Brian Cashman made was the signing of their new closer Andrew Miller. With the help of set-up man Dillin Betances, the two will consummate one of the best one-two punches of any pen across the majors.

Given the aging roster the Yankees will likely march onto the field in 2015, it’s hard to imagine that a post-season berth is in their future. However, if seasoned veterans like Carlos Beltran, C.C Sabbathia, A-Rod, and Brian McCann can come together, it’s conceivable they could be in the running for playoff contention come fall 2015.