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Yankees’ AL East foes include champion Red Sox, geared up Rays

Orioles

Manager: Brandon Hyde (first year)
Spring training site: Sarasota, Fla.

Key additions: Brandon Hyde replaces Buck Showalter in the dugout, with former Houston exec Mike Elias taking over for Dan Duquette as general manager. They’ll take over a team that lost 115 games last season and is in the early stages of a rebuild. With that being the case, they made few moves to improve the major league club. Richie Martin, selected in the Rule 5 draft from Oakland, could slide in at shortstop.

Key losses: Adam Jones was still a free agent as of Friday. The 33-year-old has spent the past 11 seasons in Baltimore. Caleb Joseph and Tim Beckham are also gone.

Spring training storylines to watch: Chris Davis is coming off one of the worst years in history and still has four years and $96 million remaining on his deal. How much of an albatross will that turn into? The new front office regime has increased its focus on the international market and has nearly $6 million left in international bonus pool money. Baltimore has scouted Cuban shortstop Yolbert Sanchez extensively as they try to get into that market. And they may have some pieces to trade during the year in Alex Cobb, Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens.

Red Sox

Manager: Alex Cora (second year)
Spring training site: Fort Myers, Fla.

Key additions: The defending World Series champs re-signed Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce — and David Price didn’t opt out — but they have mostly stayed away from high-priced players as they hover near the top-tier $246 million luxury-tax threshold. Instead of acquiring Adam Ottavino and David Robertson in the bullpen, they turned to retreads like Jenrry Mejia and Brian Ellington.

Key losses: Joe Kelly signed with the Dodgers and closer Craig Kimbrel remains jobless. Ian Kinsler is gone, thanks in part to the possible return of Dustin Pedroia.

Spring training storylines to watch: Do the Red Sox stick to their guns and allow Kimbrel to sign elsewhere? If so, where does that leave the pen? And they have to decide what to do with Christian Vazquez, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart behind the plate. Pedroia is looking to come back from microfracture surgery in his left knee. Elsewhere in the infield, Rafael Devers needs to show more consistency.

Rays

Mike Zunino
Mike ZuninoPaul J. Bereswill

Manager: Kevin Cash (fifth year)
Spring training site: Port Charlotte, Fla.

Key additions: The Rays actually spent some money this offseason and signed right-hander Charlie Morton to a rotation that will still feature openers. They also brought in Avisail Garcia, though they whiffed on Nelson Cruz. Catcher Mike Zunino arrived in a trade from Seattle. Emilio Pagan will join the pen.

Key losses: In addition to seeing Tropicana Field’s capacity cut by 6,000 — to about 25,000 — outfielder Mallex Smith was traded, as was Jake Bauers. C.J. Cron was designated for assignment and Sergio Romo was still a free agent on Friday.

Spring training storylines to watch: How will Cash tweak his use of openers? The Rays had been among the (many) teams attached to J.T. Realmuto. Now that he’s with the Phillies, perhaps Tampa Bay looks to upgrade elsewhere. Willy Adames enters his first full season as shortstop. Brent Honeywell could join the rotation in midseason after Tommy John surgery.

Blue Jays

Marcus Stroman
Marcus StromanBill Kostroun

Manager: Charlie Montoyo (first year)
Spring training site: Dunedin, Fla.

Key additions: Montoyo takes over for John Gibbons. Defensive stalwart Freddy Galvis takes over at short, while Clayton Richard and Matt Shoemaker join the rotation and ex-Yankee David Phelps will be in the bullpen. The most anticipated new face will be Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in the game.

Key losses: Russell Martin was traded to the Dodgers, and Aledmys Diaz was also sent away. Yangervis Solarte was non-tendered. And Troy Tulowitzki was released despite being owed $38 million over the next two seasons. He’s now with the Yankees.

Spring training storylines to watch: What does Galvis mean for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his shaky glove? Justin Smoak and Marcus Stroman could be traded. All eyes will be on Guerrero, who doesn’t turn 20 until next month. He may not get to Toronto until the end of April, since that would save the Blue Jays a year of control of the third baseman — who rocketed up the system last year. Guerrero is one of several Blue Jays prospects who are sons of former stars, including Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio.

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