Baltimore Sun

Well, there goes the division

Orioles fans, that beep-beep-beep sound you just heard was the Boston Red Sox backing up a Wells Fargo truck to Carl Crawford's mansion and possibly locking up the AL East title in the process.

Do you believe these Red Sox? Buck Showalter must be having nightmares. And his first full season as Orioles manager is still a few months away.


On the heels of their stunning trade with San Diego for three-time All Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox ink Crawford, the great Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, to a seven-year, $142 million deal.

And they'll have a healthy Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury back this season, along with a killer starting rotation anchored by John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Bucholtz.


Good luck against that team, Orioles.

And to make matter worse, the New York Yankees are on the verge of cracking open their vault and signing ace lefty Cliff Lee.

You talk about the rich getting richer. In the AL East, the Rays, Blue Jays and Orioles are all officially playing for third place -- if they weren't doing that already.

Any minute now, the Yankees will sign Lee.