In one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory, the AL East saw three teams undergo massive transformations, while two, kind of, did nothing. How will this division shake out? Here's a look at the 2015 outlook for each team, as well as the predictions for the division winner by our panel of MLB experts.
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Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox on-field transformation began at the trade deadline last season and continued this offseason. A revamped offense, an improved defense and a solid rotation will carry this team. There are still some issues to figure out (they have six major-leauge quality outfielders), but they have the foundation to go from worst-to-first in the division yet again.
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Everything seemed to go right for the Baltimore Orioles last season, especially with their starting pitching, in which they ran away with the AL East crown. This offseason provided some drama off the field that could certainly impact the product on the field. The loss of a few impact bats and a decline in starting pitching might ultimately prove too difficult to overcome.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees had a very un-New York Yankees offseason. They didn't target any big free agents, instead opting to fill positions of need in the bullpen and third base. Much of their success hinges on the health of their starting pitching - will Masahiro Tanaka's elbow hold up? How will CC Sabathia's surgically repaired knee fair? Of course, there will be plenty of eyes on Alex Rodriguez in his return to pinstripes after a historic season-long ban.
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Tampa Bay Rays
This season's Tampa Bay Rays club will be nearly unrecognizable compared to the 2014 team - a new GM, new coach and several new players were introduced this offseason. While they are building towards the future and have an AL East-best rotation, their offense could struggle to keep up.
Toronto Blue Jays
What a roller coaster ride of an offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays. From the highs of signing Russell Martin and trading for Josh Donaldson to the instability of CEO Paul Beeston. 2015 could be a make-or-break year for Alex Anthopoulos, but a strong season with a playoff berth should secure his safety for another year.
Predicting the AL East champion
Our expert predictions for the AL East division winner are as follows: Zach Benau: Red Sox Danny Farris: Red Sox Lindsey Foltin: Red Sox Adrian Garro: Red Sox Despite losing out the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox are poised for a big 2015. Their biggest questions revolve around "good" problems to have - too many outfielders and too many quality starters without an ace. They have a variety of players to trade, from proven major-league talent to blue-chip prospects, so a mid-season acquisition like Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto isn't out of the question. Their potent roster combined with the ability to add makes them the front-runners to win the division.