Manager: Terry Francona
2016: 94-67, first place
Training town: Goodyear, Ariz.
Additions: 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Carlos Frias, OF Wily Mo Pena, CF Bradley Zimmer, SS Eric Stamets.
Subtractions: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, OF Coco Crisp, OF Rajai Davis, C Chris Gimenez, 1B Jesus Aguilar, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Jeff Manship.
Outlook: After making the World Series for the first time since 1997, the Indians were aggressive in free agency and landed one of the biggest prizes on the market, signing Encarnacion to a $60 million, three-year contract — the richest for a free agent in club history. For the second year in a row, left fielder Michael Brantley’s right shoulder will be a hot topic during camp.
Manager: Brad Ausmus
2016: 86-75, second place
Training town: Lakeland, Fla.
Additions: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
Subtractions: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Outlook: The Tigers said at the beginning of the offseason they’d be open to cutting payroll, but that never really happened. So the same expensive roster is back for another shot at a postseason berth. Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer will be counted on to headline the rotation. The biggest questions are in center field and at the back end of the rotation.
Kansas City Royals
Manager: Ned Yost
2016: 81-81, third place
Training town: Surprise, Ariz.
Additions: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nate Karns, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Brandon League.
Subtractions: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Peter Moylan, LHP Tim Collins.
Outlook: After back-to-back World Series trips, the Royals dropped back to .500 last season. But they still believe they have the pieces to make another postseason run, even after RHP Yordano Ventura’s tragic death in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. The starting lineup returns largely intact, with the exception of Soler taking over as the everyday right fielder and Moss replacing Morales at DH.
Chicago White Sox
Manager: Rick Renteria
2016: 78-84, fourth place
Training town: Glendale, Ariz.
Additions: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
Subtractions: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Outlook: The rebuild is underway. After four straight losing seasons, the White Sox decided it was time for a makeover. Moncada, acquired from Boston, is considered one of the top young talents in baseball.