improved with Reyes and Cabrera joining a lineup that has Jose Bautista and
Edwin Encarnacion in the middle of it.
Will win the AL East if ... the pitching stabilizes. Dickey was great in 2012, but is he a legit ace? How much does Buehrle have left? Can Brandon Morrow ever stay healthy?
TAMPA BAY RAYS
2012 season: 90-72 (third, AL East)
New faces: 1B James Loney, SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Roberto Hernandez.
2013 outlook: Pitching has always made the Rays a threat and they will be again with David Price leading the rotation and Fernando Rodney closing. But it'll be an uphill battle with the losses of B.J. Upton and James Shields in a stout division.
Will win the AL East if ... uber prospect Wil Myers makes an impact.
2012 season: 93-69 (second, AL East; lost in ALDS)
New faces: RHP Jair Jurrjens, INF Alexi Casilla, OF Trayvon Robinson.
2013 outlook: They made the playoffs for the first time since 1997 by going 29-9 in one-run games, thanks in large part to closer Jim Johnson. It's hard to see that type of magic repeating itself, although they have young talent throughout the lineup, including C Matt Wieters, INF Manny Machado and OF Adam Jones.
Will win the AL East if ... those young position players keep getting better and the rotation develops a star (say, former Mariners prospect RHP Chris Tillman?).
NEW YORK YANKEES
2012 season: 95-67 (first, AL East; lost in ALCS)
New faces: 3B Kevin Youkilis, C Bobby Wilson, DH Travis Hafner.
2013 outlook: They are an aging team with injuries already knocking out several of their key players for substantial parts of the season (Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson). Youkilis should help fill the void left by Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera returns, but it's hard to see the Yankees winning 95 or more games for a fifth straight season.
Will win the AL East if ... management, determined not to pay the luxury tax, changes its mind and spends on inseason upgrades.
BOSTON RED SOX
2012 season: 69-93 (fifth, AL East)
New faces: 1B Mike Napoli, OF Shane Victorino, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Joel Hanrahan, RHP Koji Uehara.
2013 outlook: After the big-time backfire of the Bobby Valentine experiment, the Red Sox made a major salary dump, ridding themselves of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett, all sent to the Dodgers last season. They added high-quality pieces this winter and should be better, but it's hard to see them climbing too far after a disastrous season.
Will win the AL East if ... the starting pitching bounces back.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
2012 season: 88-74 (1st, AL Central; lost in World Series)
New faces: OF Torii Hunter, C Brayan Pena
2013 outlook: The offense is set with reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera, above and Prince Fielder in the middle. The rotation is set with Justin Verlander. The only question is who fills in for Jose Valverde at closer. Manager Jim Leyland said, "It'll be a second-guesser's delight" because they have no set closer.
Will win the AL Central if ... Victor Martinez returns to his former run-producing self, the closer situation works itself out, and the rotation
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