Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The AL East has never been more wide open and all five teams are working hard to build a winner in 2013. Here are the latest signings and rumors from around the division.
Signings / Acquisitions
The Yankees and the Red Sox have both been connected with top free agent slugger Josh Hamilton following the end of the Winter Meetings. It appears the former Texas Ranger is holding out for a six or seven year deal, however, and both clubs are reluctant to commit that many years.
The Yankees are hoping to land ex-Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis to replace the injured Alex Rodriquez and they have offered him a one year/$12M contract. The choice for Youkilis seems to be down to the Yankees and Indians at this point.
The Red Sox are targeting a number of starting pitchers at this point. They have offered a two year/$25M deal to Ryan Dempster, who rejected it in hopes of landing a three year deal. They are expect to be in on Kyle Lohse as well.