Early Division Predictions: AL East

Okay, I know that it’s still really early in the offseason but I feel the need to write about my super early division rankings. What that basically is, is what placements I think teams are going to receive in their divisions. Over the next 6 to 7 days I will be writting my different division rankings. First up is the AL East:

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AL East

1. Yankees: They just got CC and A.J. Burnett and replaced Giambi with Swisher while also getting a great pitching prospect in the White Sox trade, Kanekoa Teixeira, in exchange for Betemit,and pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Rivera’s one of the best closers ever. They have a stacked line up and a killer rotation.

2. Rays: Solid rotation with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Sonnastine. Don’t forget about David Price their pitching stud. They can use Grant Ballfour, Dan Wheeler, or Troy Percival, if he’s healthy, in the closer’s role. They have Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton who are players who consistently deliver and have a stacked farm system and will dominate for years to come.

3. Red Sox: Good rotation with Dice-K, Beckett, and Lester leading the way. Papelbon is dominant in the bullpen. Having Lowell out hurts them but they still have a great line up and they are a nice combination of old and new.

4. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay leads a questionable rotation now without A.J. Burnett. They have Wells, Rios, and intriguing players Travis Snider and Adam Lind. Need to at least acquire a mid- level pitching player to have a slim chance of competing in this tough division.

5. Orioles: Obtaining Mark Texeira would give them an immense boost to their offense. Their best hitter right now is Nick Markakis and he is a stud. The Orioles need more pitching for sure as their rotation headlined by Jeremy Gurthie isn’t really steady. Sherril is a decent closer and Matt Wieters will be the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year if Price doesn’t beat him out.

Look for the rankings of the AL Central in the next two days.

Bye for now!

The Manoman  

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Posted on December 19, 2008, in Dailies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Welcome, manoman! As a Yankee fan I LOVE your prediction. I still think we need another bat, but we certainly upgraded the rotation and the pen is looking good.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. Thanks for the input Jane and for the welcoming,
    I really apreciate your comment as it is my first one ever! You are right we do need another bat, we probably will get Manny but I have mixed reactions on that because the Yankees have a nice amount of minor league outfielders including Austin Jackson, Cabrera, and Brett Gardner so Manny might be blocking their way up. Also, I feel that the Yankees might not want to get Manny because he would take up some payroll and our ticket prices might rise which would possibly decrease our revenue as more people won’t be able to afford tickets though the Yanks should definetly get another bat. Do you yourself have a blog?

    Once again thanks for the input,
    The Manoman

  3. Sorry, I just realized you had a link to your blog.
    Congrats on making the Top 100 Blogs. It’s a great honor and I love the Amber Sabathia post. Maybe one day I will be able to reach the Top 100.

    The Manoman
    P.S. Look at my next entry. There is a recognition present for you.

  4. Wow,

    I like your style of making a prediction so early. I actually believe that the top 4 in the division will flip-flop until the second half of the season in 2009, then someone will control the division.
    New York made some crazy upgrades, but they have done it before and it worked for them ( Pettitte, Clemens, Johnson). They just need health on their side this season to compete from start to finish.
    The only thing I do not like about the prediction is that the team is showing some gray hairs, and might be a bit weathered. But if the play to the level of their salaries, they might win 100 games.

    Great post.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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