The Post's Dan Martin smashes the Yankees' AL East enemies:
Boston Red Sox
Frühlingstrainingsort: Fort Myers, Fla.
Important additions: The Red Sox's chaotic off-season included the addition of new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, who came from Tampa Bay and took over Dave Dombrowski. Boston brought utility player Jose Peraza, right-back Austin Brice and left-hander Martin Perez to the field. Outfielder Alex Verdugo is expected to arrive when the Mookie Betts trade to Los Angeles is complete – more on that next.
Major losses: Where should I start? Initially, Boston tin manager Alex Cora blamed his theft of signs for his role as Houston bank trainer in the 2017 Astros scandal. After the MLB's investigation into the illegal stealing of signs under Cora in Boston in 2018 continued, the Red Sox remained without a manager this weekend, although bank trainer Ron Roenicke is said to have become the front runner. To top it off, the Red Sox decided to punt for 2020 by agreeing to swap Betts and David Price for the Dodgers, which was a skim. And it has even developed into a long-lasting mess that has drawn the anger of the MLBPA because the supposedly involved players have stayed in the balance for so long. Rick Porcello also signed with the Mets as a free agent.
Storylines to look at: The Red Sox are messing into the season, embroiled in a scandal that steals signs and is waiting for the MLB to be punished. Whoever lands in the manager's place will undoubtedly have a glimpse of the future, as Bloom and team ownership seem to be more interested in getting below the luxury tax threshold this year than fighting for a division title.
Tampa Bay Rays
Manager: Kevin Cash (sixth year)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Port Charlotte, Fla.
Important additions: The Rays exchanged for outfielder Hunter Renfroe and signed Yoshitomo Tsutsugo from Japan. Renfroe will strengthen the Rays' external defense and the left-hand Tsutsugo will strengthen the lineup. The 28-year-old has met at least 28 Homer in each of his last four seasons in Japan. Outfielder Manuel Margot came to the closer Emilio Pagan by trading with the Padres.
Major losses: Tommy Pham was exchanged for Renfroe and Travis d & # 39; Arnaud, Avisail Garcia and Eric Sogard as freelance agents. For a team that relies on creativity in the front office, the loss of Bloom to Boston and James Click to Houston could affect how effective the Rays with their limited payroll are.
Storylines to look at: Right now it's about getting a rotation that could be the best in the league for the regular season. For the future, the focus will be on Wander Franco. The shortstop will only turn 19 next month, but some already consider it the best view in the game. He finished last season at Class-A Bowling Green.
Toronto Blue Jays
Manager: Charlie Montoyo (second year)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Dunedin, Fla.
Important additions: Toronto caused a sensation when Hyun-Jin Ryu signed a four-year contract for $ 80 million. The rotation was also strengthened when they signed Tanner Roark and went against Milwaukees Chase Anderson. Right-handed Shun Yamaguchi was signed from Japan. The 32-year-old has the chance to secure a place in the rotation. Travis Shaw is a year from a 32 Homer season.
Major losses: Justin Smoak signed with Milwaukee after beating more than 20 homers in each of the last three seasons.
Storylines to look at: The young trio of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette – all sons of former Major Leaguers – took a look last season at what might be on the rise in Toronto and they want to improve this season.
Manager: Brandon Hyde (second year)
Frühlingstrainingsort: Sarasota, Fla.
Important additions: Baltimore has made it clear that it is still not trying to enter the competition. You signed Jose Iglesias, who should be up and running in the short term, and brought Wade LeBlanc for a minor league deal, with the expectation that he would be in the rotation.
Major losses: Jonathan Villar, one of Baltimore's only threats a year ago, was traded to Miami for a small leaguer. Dylan Bundy's disappointing Orioles term ended when he was sent to the angels against prospects. Despite mediocre numbers, Bundy Baltimore led from 2019.
Storylines to look at: There's not much to see here unless you're curious as to whether Orioles' reconstruction can be worse than it was in the last two seasons – when it was between 101 and 223. Incredibly, Chris Davis, who has completed two of the worst offensive seasons in modern history, still has three years and $ 69 million to go.