With Spring Training well underway and free agency wrapping up, it’s about time that we start looking ahead to the regular season. From signing Kevin Gausman and trading for Matt Chapman, to losing Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray in free agency, this offseason was a busy one for the Blue Jays. The same goes for the rest of the AL East too, so expect plenty of changes to each of the Jays division rivals.
With every team in the division not named the Baltimore Orioles looking to compete for a World Series in 2022, it’s no surprise that each of them made some changes this offseason in order to try and improve their chances. Just like the Blue Jays though, they all also lost some players (some more important than others), so expect to see a few differences in their lineups come April.
Given how hectic this offseason was, it can be hard to keep track of the moves that each team made, so here I’ll be giving you a rundown of each of the Blue Jays AL East rival’s biggest new addition, their biggest loss, and one breakout candidate.
These players will range from borderline superstars, to interesting depth pieces, or to players who have never had a major league at-bat. 76 of the Blue Jays 162 games this season will be played against the teams within their division, so you may as well get familiar with some of their most important pieces. With all that said, here are the biggest additions, losses, and breakout candidates for each of the other four AL East teams.