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Yanks suddenly AL East favorites again

The addition of Rafael Soriano makes the Bronx Bombers the champs of the offseason

Updated: January 15, 2011, 10:38 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

If it were possible to win a division in January, then the Yankees would be American League East champions today.

That's how good a pickup Rafael Soriano looks like from the vantage point of a mid-winter's day, before a single pitch has been thrown or a single game has been played.

Obviously, there is a long way to go between now and Opening Day 2011, and even longer between then and the crowning of baseball's next world champion.

But if you're keeping score at ...

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