1. Houston Astros (101-61 last season)
The World Series champs traded for pitcher Gerrit Cole and will have Justin Verlander for the entire season. Eek.
2. Cleveland Indians (102-60)
Still fueled by a strong rotation, Cleveland must absorb the losses of Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith to free agency.
3. New York Yankees (91-71)
The Bronx will be a launching pad this year, with NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton joining Aaron Judge and friends.
4. Boston Red Sox (93-69)
This is a likable team, with talented position players and power arms. But they are in the same division as the Yankees.
5. Minnesota Twins (85-77)
Coming off 85 victories, the Twins made a slew of late moves to deepen their roster in an attempt to catch up to Cleveland.
6. Seattle Mariners (79-83)
Injuries decimated the Mariners’ starting staff last season, so if the starters rebound, they’ll challenge. Dee Gordon was a nice addition.
7. Los Angeles Angels (80-82)
The Angels have Mike Trout and won the sweepstakes for Shohei Ohtani, but their starting rotation still lacks depth.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (76-86)
Righthander Aaron Sanchez looks ready to return to ace status after making four trips to the DL last season.
9. Texas Rangers (78-84)
The Rangers are trying to close the gap in the West ... with help from Tim Lincecum and Bartolo Colon?
10. Baltimore Orioles (75-87)
Despite Alex Cobb signing, starting pitching can’t hold up in a top-heavy division, and Manny Machado could be gone by trade deadline.
11. Oakland Athletics (75-87)
Not ready for prime time, but they have some young hitters, such as Matt Olson, worth keeping an eye on.
12. Chicago White Sox (67-95)
Beat them up now while they are down, but there’s too much young talent here. They’ll turn things around soon.
13. Kansas City Royals (80-82)
The rebuild is underway in Kansas City as the front office looks to cut more payroll and build the farm system.
14. Detroit Tigers (64-98)
Ron Gardenhire’s return to managing will require patience as he leads a flock of inexperienced players.
15. Tampa Bay Rays (80-82)
When the Twins pilfer your players, you know it’s a fire sale. Pitcher Chris Archer is bound to land on the trade block.