For more than a decade, New York Yankees fans have waited for a date that until not many autumns ago it was common on their calendars: to play the World Series.
The Yankees are the organization with the most titles in Major League history. but since 2009, the year in which they inaugurated their most recent stadium, they have not reached the last instance on the postseason map.
To try to return the fall classic to the grass at Yankee Stadium, the management of the Bronx Bombers committed $267 million in contractsthe second most in the big top only eclipsed by the 334 million dollars that its neighbors will disburse mets.
MLB’s most popular ninth team once again attracted the talent of Aaron Judge who last season established with 62an all-time mark for home runs in the American League. Judge got a $365 million contract that will charge during the following 10 campaigns and also the captaincy of the team that plays under the striped flannel.
The Bombers come out on Opening Day as favorites in the AL East and as one of the best teams in baseball. They added Carlos Rodón (he will start injured) to a solid rotation that already had Gerrit Cole, Néstor Cortés Jr., Luis Severino and Frankie Montas (he will be gone for months).
On the offensive, the renewals of Judge and Anthony Rizzo In addition to the incorporation of the best prospect in the organization: Anthony Volpe.
Volpe earned a spot during his first spring training with the big team and is likely to be the starting shortstop for much of the year.
The offense has some question marks: Aaron Hicks and Josh Donaldsonalthough Donaldson managed to excel in the spring fields.
In the race for the divisional pennant appear the Toronto Blue Jays who added to Daulton Varshor (53 extra-base hits) and Brandon Belt to an alignment. They exchanged Teoscar Hernández.
In their pitching staff they incorporated Chris Bassitt, while Erik Swanson bolsters the bullpen.
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The only major addition made by the Tampa Bay Rays was to bring in starting pitcher Zach Eflin. Yeah Brandon Lowe, Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena they have their usual seasons and young as ISaac Paredes, Josh Lowe, Jonathan Aranda and Kyle Manzardo hit the ceiling will be another gamecock in the AL East.
The Boston Red Sox they brought in a lot of potentially impactful players like the Japanese strike zone master Masataka Yoshida, Corey Klüber, Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Adam Duvall and Chris Martin. But they also lost Nate Eovaldi, Michael Wacha, JD Martinez and one of the best players in recent franchise history: Xander Bogart.
The Baltimore Orioles are on the verge of becoming a perennial playoff team, as hard to believe as that sounds. adley rutschman helped change their culture and they have a lot of young talent like Gunnar Henderson, Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, Dean Kremer, Kyle Bradish and Felix Bautista.