Yankees' new place in AL East race

Additions of Pineda, Kuroda improve New York's chances to win division title

Updated: January 14, 2012, 12:57 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | Baseball Think Factory
Michael Pineda/Hiroki KurodaGetty ImagesMichael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda tilt the AL East arms race in favor of the Yankees.

After a pretty quiet offseason, the New York Yankees finally made their move Friday, signing former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and picking up Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners for Jesus Montero.

Trading Montero is a tough thing to do, but the Yankees pick up another young, cost-controlled player with star potential. More importantly, the Yankees, in what appears to be a very competitive three-team race in the AL East between New York, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, address what is a crucial team need.