Even when the American League East was, seemingly, a two-team division—with the Yankees and Red Sox battling not just in the standings but in the front offices for the best talent available—it was perhaps the most scrutinized division in all of baseball.
That reputation was only enhanced when the Tampa Bay Rays began to emerge as a perennial contender.
And so that trend continues into the 2012 season. Many pundits have the Yankees, Red Sox or Rays winning the division and one of the two remaining teams taking the AL wild card spot. As far as depth, few other divisions in baseball can match what the AL East offers.
Predictions are one thing, but how will everything play out on the field? The answers to these ten questions will determine how things in the division will unfold.