5 Reasons the Yankees Will Win the AL East

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5 Reasons the Yankees Will Win the AL East
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There are reasons for Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to smile in 2013.

The reports of the New York Yankees demise have been greatly exaggerated and they will win the American League East in 2013.

You heard it here first.

It is true that the Toronto Blue Jays made significant changes this off season, which make them a different team.  Will they be a better team? No one really knows for sure except that on paper they seem to have improved their rotation, fielding and speed.

The Yankees, on the other hand, made less dramatic splashes in creating the team that will take the diamond for Spring Training in 2013.  Most of their activity surrounded re-signings (Ichiro Suzuki, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, Andy Pettitte etc.) and the filling of needs at third base (Kevin Youkilis), designated hitter (Travis Hafner) and depth (Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera).

As Richard Justice points out on MLB.com, the American League East Division will be a tight race with most selecting the Blue Jays to finish on top.

This article will give five reasons why the Yankees (who won the most games in the American League in 2012) will repeat as division champions.

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