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AL East got even better

Updated: December 11, 2008, 11:44 PM ET
By Jayson Stark

Think the Yankees' Winter of Spending Dangerously has scared the rest of the AL East? Sorry. Think again. Looks as though the rest of the division wants to play out the season no matter how many free agents the Yankees sign.

FROM RAYS GM ANDREW FRIEDMAN: "I think we demonstrated last year that payrolls don't decide the standings. It certainly makes things more challenging. They're very well-run, and I don't think they're done yet. So we certainly have our work cut out for us. But it doesn't ...

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