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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New York Yankees

Every offseason in the Bronx is worth watching, but this one feels a little different after the 2023 season the Yankees had. Recently, GM Brian Cashman made a strange comment.

"I'm proud of our people, and I'm proud of our process," Cashman said. "Doesn't mean we're firing on all cylinders, doesn't mean we're the best in class, but I think we're pretty f---ing good, personally. I'm proud of our people, and I'm also looking forward to '24 being a better year than '23."

Last season, the offensive struggles were a big topic in the absence of Aaron Judge. They needed a left-handed bat at the trade deadline, didn’t address it, and considering the spot they were in, they didn’t need to. Cody Bellinger’s swing would be perfect for 81 games at Yankee Stadium with the short porch in right field. 

Aside from Gerrit Cole, the starting rotation was inconsistent and a mess, and signing an arm in free agency should be near the top of Cashman’s list. As usual, it will be interesting to see how he builds depth on the Yankees roster.

I don’t think that the Yankees are a team that is missing just a few pieces to compete with the Orioles right now, nor are they a “pretty f---ing good.’’ There is a fair amount of work needed to be done this winter in the Bronx to get them back in the conversation in the American League.