The battle for the AL East title promises to remain a three-team dogfight, as none of the division's heavyweights—the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Orioles—made a big external splash to separate themselves from the pack.
With middle infielders Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki out, Ryan Goins will be counted on to contribute with his bat. But save for a recent surge at the plate in August, the glove-first Goins has never hit at the big league level.
Marcus Stroman was expected to miss the 2015 season after tearing his left ACL during spring training. But the electric right-hander is determined to return to the Blue Jays as the team fights for a playoff spot.