Blue Jays: Biggest additions, subtractions and breakout candidates for AL East rivals
From trading franchise cornerstone Teoscar Hernández and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to bringing in potential studs like Daulton Varsho and Chris Bassitt, it's been a very busy offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays. While Ross Atkins and Co. have been busy, the rest of the AL East has been making plenty of moves themselves. While teams like the Baltimore Orioles may not have made any big splashes, and the Tampa Bay Rays operated as they normally do, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox weren't afraid to open their wallets. Before we get into this, there are plenty of moves that won't be covered in depth, so here's a quick rundown of some of the roster changes we won't be digging into.
The Orioles, thanks to having such a young roster, didn't lose any important pieces. They also didn't add a ton, but new acquisitions like second baseman Adam Frazier as well as starters Kyle Gibson and Cole Irvin should all see plenty of playing time. Top top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez should provide some excitement in their rotation.
The Red Sox brought in veteran bats in Justin Turner and Adam Duvall, as well as former elite pitchers in Kenley Jansen and Corey Kluber, but lost roster staples in DH J.D. Martinez and starter Nathan Eovaldi.
The Yankees had a relatively quiet offseason, although they lost meaningful pieces in Aroldis Chapman, Lucas Luetge and Chad Green, but are hoping for a big year from top prospects Anthony Volpe and Oswald Pereza to help boost their offense.
Finally, the Rays had, as per usual, a very lowkey offseason. They traded away first baseman Ji-Man Choi and relievers Brooks Raley and JP Feyereisen, getting little of note in return. They'll mainly be hoping for improvement from young players like pitcher Luis Patiño and infielder Vidal Bruján to fill these voids.