Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees facing monster offseason ahead of 2024

The three teams in the American League East who generally are at the top of the standings are facing a big offseason to catch up with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.

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Boston Red Sox

Before the 2023 season even came to a close, the Red Sox fired Chaim Bloom in what could be considered a surprising move. He did what ownership wanted, built a team with prospects and a low payroll. It wasn’t his fault it never worked out.

Boston hired former pitcher Craig Breslow as their GM and he has some work to do to turn them back into a contender. The biggest need this offseason is another arm for the starting rotation as it is filled with question marks with how injury-prone it was last season and the season before. Chris Sale’s health is always a concern and an arm like Jordan Montgomery would be a nice pickup.

A right-handed bat is needed, however, will Breslow sign a full-time DH and take up a spot that Alex Cora is going to need to have flexibility at to get guys off their feet defensively, but keep their bat in the lineup? Does Breslow make a run at former Boston DH J.D. Martinez? An upgrade at second base is also needed.

In the end, what the Red Sox do will depend on how much leeway they give Breslow in terms of spending money. Boston might end up kicking the tires in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, but it’s very unlikely they outbid other teams for his services. This is setting up to be a fascinating offseason in Boston under a new GM.