Odds to win the AL East: Blue Jays third on board behind Yankees, Orioles
The Blue Jays are the No. 3 choice to win the AL East this season. Photo by Chris Young/The Canadian Press.

The American League East has earned a reputation in recent years as MLB's toughest division, and that could very well be true again in 2024.

The latest: In back-to-back seasons, four of the AL East's five teams finished with an above-.500 record. Claiming the division title is a hard-earned honour, and the New York Yankees (+135) are favoured to do so entering the new campaign.

Here are the latest AL East odds.

AL East odds

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Best AL East odds

The favourites: Yankees (+135)

The Yankees won nine consecutive division titles from 1998-2006, and another three titles in the six years that followed. But since 2013, New York has only finished atop the AL East twice.

Patience wears thin awfully fast for the pinstriped faithful, which might explain why the team threw its weight around this offseason. The Yankees traded for superstar outfielder Juan Soto while also bringing in Marcus Stroman and Alex Verdugo.

Backed by reigning Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole and MVP frontrunner Aaron Judge, the Yankees are as star-studded as we've seen them in recent history.

New York's pitching depth took a bit of a hit in the Soto trade, as both Michael King and Jhony Brito went to the San Diego Padres.

Even with the addition of Stroman, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Yankees add one more arm — with notable lefties Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery still sitting on the open market.

Blue Jays' AL East odds

Toronto hasn't won the AL East since 2015, back when Josh Donaldson was league MVP and the Kansas City Royals won the World Series.

If that's an indicator, times have certainly changed.

Toronto didn't make any splashy moves this offseason in the way that Baltimore and New York did. The Jays' starting rotation is still the envy of the division — if not the league — but their offence will need to pull a lot more weight to give this team a shot at the division.

Last year, Toronto finished outside the top 10 in runs, OPS, home runs and stolen bases.

AL East notes

  • The Orioles turned heads in early February by dealing for former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes... but injuries to John Means and Kyle Bradish still put their pitching depth in question. On a brighter note, consensus No. 1 prospect Jackson Holiday appears ready to crack the big-league roster.
  • In typical Rays fashion, Tampa Bay dealt away one of its stars before forking over a huge contract. Tyler Glasnow is a Dodger, and Shane McClanahan won't be around for the season. But if a rotation-by-committee approach can work for anybody, it's Tampa.
  • Is this the right year for Netflix to make a Red Sox documentary? Boston is projected by most to finish last in the AL East for the fourth time in five years. Seeing a clean-shaven Verdugo in Yankees duds will be quite a knife twist for Sox fans.
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