While the Yankees are closing in on re-signing two of their icons, the Red Sox are closing in on reloading their infield. The Red Sox are on the verge of giving up four young players, two of whom are significant prospects, in a trade for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The trade is essentially a first step toward making up for the loss of free agents Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez. Kevin Youkilis will shift to Beltre’s spot at third base, and Gonzalez seems a natural fit in Martinez’s No. 3 spot in the lineup.
The Red Sox have also shown interest in Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth this winter. Either of those two would bring additional offensive help and solidify an outfield that couldn’t stay healthy last season.
That’s the Red Sox approach to the offseason: Lose offense. Add offense.
The other threat in the East, the Rays, are in something of a restructuring period. It’s not necessarily a rebuilding, but Tampa is certainly transitioning to a new wave of young players. It may be time for Desmond Jennings to get a chance in the outfield, there is talk of trading Jason Bartlett so that Reid Brignac can takeover at shortstop, and Jeremy Hellickson has done all he can do in a Triple-A rotation.
Changes are happening in the American League East, and the Yankees aren’t the only ones making moves.