The East divisions are two of the most hotly-contested divisions in baseball. Let's take a look at the recent news and notes.
Jeter out until All Star Break
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter found out that he will be out until the All Star Break, which is crushing news for the Yankees. Already without third baseman Alex Rodriguez until at least then, missing another important hitter and veteran presence is a blow for the team. Jeter re-fractured a bone, which means it will nearly-reset his recovery.
The Yankees might look to the waiver wire or another minor move to try and patch this hole, as they risk losing a tremendous amount of value at the position otherwise. Without Jeter, they will need someone to step up and solidify the spot.
"Too soon" for Harper extension talks
In what will be one of the most-intriguing story-lines of the next few years, the Nationals are saying that it is too early to talk about an extension for Bryce Harper. The 20-year old phenom has established himself as one of the best players in baseball, which when coupled with his young age should set him up for a historically large contract.
Harper has a chance to get potentially the largest contract in baseball history if he continues to play at this pace, as he will be arbitration eligible beginning in 2016. It is of course important to point out, as Mike Rizzo does, that Harper has yet to play a full season in the Major Leagues, so maybe it would be a good idea to cool it on the extension talks.
d'Arnaud out with fractured foot
The Mets received some bad news about their top-catching prospect, as it was discovered that he has a fractured bone in his left foot and is heading to New York for further evaluation. The centerpiece of the deal for R.A. Dickey, d'Arnaud has struggled with injuries in his career. The Mets are relying on him to be a major cog in their future plans, but if he cannot stay healthy it will be difficult for him to do that.