AL East Preview: Ellsbury move creates a seismic shift

Centrefielder Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to sign with their hated rivals in New York, which...

Centrefielder Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to sign with their hated rivals in New York, which should be enough to push the Yankees past them in the AL East standings, but not enough to win the division. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

In the American League East, as much as the baseball world changes, life stays the same.

Jacoby Ellsbury is done with Boston. Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are just done. Period.

In Seattle, the rain clouds parted and Robinson Cano found a financial rainbow.

In Manhattan, Yankees turncoat Curtis Granderson took a $60-million subway ride across town, defecting to the Mets.

Alex Rodriguez is spending the year in baseball purgatory which, probably, is still better than the Blue Jays, who even yet are looking for an exit strategy from the hell that was the 2013 season.

The Orioles jettisoned a reliable closer and now play on without a bullpen safety net.

So it is that, in a winter of musical chairs, there doesn’t appear to be room in this division for the Jays or the Orioles to settle into a happy place. The AL East remains the domain of the Yankees, Boston and Tampa Bay.


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