The trade deadline is a little over month away, but already teams-especially contenders-are looking ahead to the deals that may be out there. That is certainly true in the ultra-competitive American League East where one key move may be the difference between a division title and going home at the end of the season.
The Yankees are poised to enter July as the division leaders with the now seriously banged up Red Sox behind them and the volatile Rays bringing up the rear in the 3-team race. As for the rest of division? Well, the Blue Jays and Orioles can at least clutch onto hope.
As we enter the season's fourth month, we take a look at what each team needs to make a push toward a division title starting from the bottom up.