The New York Yankees are going to have some stiff competition in the American League East in 2022.
Though they added Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, New York is not the favorite in the perpetually stacked AL East as we inch closer to the start of the regular season.
But Yankees manager Aaron Boone doesn’t care what the experts think about his squad and believes that his team has a chance to be great and ultimately come out on top in the AL East by the end of the season, even with the improvements the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox have made.
Aaron Boone on the belief his Yanks aren’t favorites in AL East while acknowledging rivals’ improvements: “I feel like we have a chance to be great … Our hope and expectation is to be at the top of the heap come season’s end, and that’s what we’re working toward.” @MLBNetwork
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 21, 2022
Boone clearly has faith in his team and believes that they can be great.
On paper, this is a pretty solid team.
Adding Donaldson gives the Yanks a solid boost in their lineup.
The bullpen is the one question mark, but other than that, New York looks to be a clear contender for the postseason in 2022, especially now that the field has been expanded to 12 teams.
Toronto is the likely favorite in the East, but you can never count out the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees and Red Sox are always there to potentially make some noise.
The AL East is definitely a four-team race, even with Toronto looking like the favorite.
The other three teams mentioned are teams you just can’t sleep on.
This division is going to be a dogfight.