American League

Seattle Mariners 2012 Preview

M's are improving, but it's a tough climb into second in AL West
<p> With plenty of talent and youth around the diamond and on the pitching staff, Seattle should be better than a 95-loss team in 2012. But the Mariners are stuck in the brutal American League West, and with the Angels loading up this winter (Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson) and the two-time defending AL-champion Rangers still a force, a .500 record and a third-place finish would appear to be the outer limits of hope.</p>

Seattle Mariners

Los Angeles Angels 2012 Preview

Can Angels overtake Rangers?
<p> Fueled by a new TV deal that gave the franchise's bottom line a robust boost, the Angels splurged on the biggest single-day free agent expenditure in baseball history - a combined $331.5 million committed to first baseman Albert Pujols and left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson. Those two moves have transformed the Angels from a fading franchise trying to rebuild around young players into a serious threat to the Texas Rangers, the reigning power in the AL West and the American League.</p>

Los Angeles Angels

Kansas City Royals 2012 Preview

Is this the year the young Royals break through?
<p> Everything suggests that the Royals are heading in the right direction, but expectations are ramping up. Anything less than .500 this season will be a disappointment.</p>

Kansas City Royals

Detroit Tigers 2012 Preview

Tigers are clear favortie in AL Central
<p> With Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup, the Tigers are quite certainly the best team yet again in the Central — where there is not even an obvious challenger to their supremacy.</p>

Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians 2012 Preview

Can Indians build on 2011 success?
<p> The Indians have the talent to be a factor in the AL Central. They will need another solid season from their starters, and their key offensive players must perform at a high level.</p>

Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox 2012 Preview

ChiSox enter strange rebuilding season
<p> General manager Ken Williams is overseeing an awkward rebuilding project that is hindered by both the veterans with oversized contracts and a weak farm system.Manager Robin Ventura should win Manager of the Year honors if he can help them avoid their fourth losing season in the last six.</p>

Chicago White Sox

Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Preview

Jays look to take advantage of expanded wild card
<p> The Blue Jays have gone nearly 20 years since their last trip to the postseason, but that drought seems likely to end soon, perhaps as soon as this year. With two wild cards now in play, Toronto can be a team squarely in the hunt late in the season.</p>

Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays 2012 Preview

The Rays continue to compete in tough AL East
<p> You can count the 30 million dollars conserved in 2011 by lopping off the seven-highest paid players from their payroll. You can count all the franchise-record stats that departed with Carl Crawford, the homers and RBIs Carlos Pena left behind, the runs Jason Bartlett saved at shortstop and the 86 percent attrition of bullpen appearances the club overcame in its improbable 91-win season. But the one thing you can’t ever do is count out the Tampa Bay Rays.</p>

Tampa Bay Rays



New York Yankees 2012 Preview

Jeter and Co. primed to get back to World Series
<p> The Yankees fell short of the World Series for the seventh time in eight seasons, but this remains a formidable team. The Yankees’ bats went cold in the playoffs, but over the long season, this lineup will produce. The Yankees won 97 games last season, and with the improvements to their rotation, they should crack 100 this year and fend off the Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays for yet another AL East crown.</p>

New York Yankees

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