June 17, 2021

Breaking down the Yankees’ AL East opponents (New York Post)

The Post’s Dan Martin breaks down the Yankees’ AL East foes:

Boston Red Sox

2019: 84-78
Manager: TBD
Spring training site: Fort Myers, Fla.

Key additions: The Red Sox’s chaotic offseason included the addition of new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom — who arrived from Tampa Bay, taking over for Dave Dombrowski. On the field, Boston brought in utility player Jose Peraza, righty reliever Austin Brice and left-handed starter Martin Perez. Outfielder Alex Verdugo is set to arrive if the Mookie Betts trade to Los Angeles is finalized — more on that next.

Key losses: Where to begin? First, Boston canned manager Alex Cora for his role as Houston’s bench coach in the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. With MLB’s investigation into illegal sign-stealing under Cora in Boston in 2018 still ongoing, the Red Sox remained without a manager as of this weekend, though bench coach Ron Roenicke has reportedly emerged as the front-runner. To top that off, the Red Sox decided to punt on 2020 by agreeing to trade Betts and David Price to the Dodgers in what amounted to a salary dump. And even has turned into a prolonged mess that has drawn the ire of the MLBPA because of how…

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