I realize that I am no doubt biased on this topic, but I attempted to look at this as subjectively as possible, and am still adamant that the Toronto Blue Jays will once again be at the top of the American League East pecking order.
Not since 1993 have the Blue Jays assembled a cast of worthy baseball players hungry to prove to their skill to the world. In a year where the New York Yankees are decimated with injuries and their key players have aged dramatically, they seen poised to battle for the basement in the east on paper.
The Boston Red Sox have attempted to fill vacancies with less talented players then the ones they were replacing. The Red Sox pitching staff is subject to concerns as well. The Baltimore Orioles were a one-hit wonder, as it seems highly unlikely their no-name pitching staff can reproduce the magic from 2012. The Orioles will plummet from the nest in 2013.
That leaves the Tampa Bay Rays who, in my humble opinion, are the only formidable competition for the Blue Jays. The Rays have the pitching depth to win, albeit they may not have the most potent offensive lineup as in previous seasons.
This is the reason the Blue Jays moved all-in this offseason in an attempt to seize an opportunity and strike while their opponent was not as strong as in previous years.
Bet on it, bank on it and believe it — the Toronto Blue Jays will be once again be playing meaningful baseball in October.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.