AL East becoming a 'monster'

The AL East has already gotten exponentially tougher this offseason with the Orioles looking for more.

Updated: December 18, 2003, 8:54 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
NEW ORLEANS -- If the American League East keeps bulking up at this rate, it might be found guilty of violating baseball's new steroid policy.

In a relatively slow winter for big-league clubs, the division has added Curt Schilling, Gary Sheffield, Miguel Tejada, Kevin Brown, Keith Foulke, Miguel Batista, Kenny Lofton, Tom Gordon, Paul Quantrill, Ted Lilly and Jose Cruz Jr., among others. That group could probably combine with your company's slow-pitch softball team and contend for first place in the AL Central.

And coming soon to the Camden Yards batter's box: A major catching upgrade in Ivan Rodriguez. Even those pesky Vladimir Guerrero-to-Baltimore rumors refuse to go away.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer