AL EAST

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

1. TORONTO 2. BOS­TON 3. N.Y. YAN­KEES 4. BAL­TI­MORE 5. TAMPA BAY

Toronto’s lineup, led by 2015 MVP Josh Don­ald­son, is loaded, though there are health ques­tions. Short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki never stays healthy for long — the 31-year-old has av­er­aged 106 games per sea­son this decade — and DH Ed­win En­car­na­cion (39 homers in ’15) car­ried an oblique in­jury late into spring train­ing. The Jays’ back end of the bullpen is fine but oth­er­wise has depth ques­tions, and Toronto’s start­ing pitch­ing is now av­er­age at best af­ter Bos­ton signed for­mer Cy Young win­ner David Price away from the Jays. That, and the fact that 23-year-olds Mookie Betts (right field) and Xan­der Bo­gaerts (short­stop) are de­vel­op­ing quickly, could make the Red Sox a fac­tor. And don’t for­get the Yan­kees, who could chal­lenge if they keep start­ing pitch­ers Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eo­valdi healthy.

JOSE BAUTISTA, TORONTO

Josh Don­ald­son

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