Cleveland Indians


Manager: Terry Francona


Record last season: 85-77


Last postseason appearance: 2013


Key additions: OF Brandon Moss, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Anthony Swarzak


Key subtractions: RHP Justin Masterson, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Nyjer Morgan


Why they’ll contend: A talented rotation — even without the demoted Danny Salazar — and an offense that could be very good.


Why they won’t: Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber takes a step back. Everyday players Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Yan Gomes don’t take the next step.

Chicago White Sox


Manager: Robin Ventura


Record last season: 73-89


Last postseason appearance: 2008


Key additions: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP David Robertson, OF Melky Cabrera, 1B-DH Adam LaRoche


Key subtractions: 1B Paul Konerko, OF Alejandro De Aza


Why they’ll contend: Big-time moves boost rotation and offense


Why they won’t: Ace Chris Sale can’t stay healthy, and back end of rotation is a little weak

Detroit Tigers

Manager: Brad Ausmus


Record last season: 90-72


Last postseason appearance: 2014


Key additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Alfredo Simon


Key subtractions: RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Rick Porcello, OF Torii Hunter, LHP Phil Coke


Why they’ll contend: They have one of the best 1-2 punches in the game with sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.


Why they won’t: They fail to absorb the losses of Scherzer and Porcello, and the bullpen woes return.

Kansas City Royals

Manager: Ned Yost


Record last season: 89-73


Last postseason appearance: 2014


Key additions: RHP Edinson Volquez, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Alex Rios, RHP Kris Medlen


Key subtractions: RHP James Shields, DH Billy Butler, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Aaron Crow


Why they’ll contend: Pitching and defense, plus Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas can’t produce any less than last year.


Why they won’t: They won’t be overlooked, and losing Shields is too big of a blow.

Minnesota Twins

Manager: Paul Molitor


Record last season: 70-92


Last postseason appearance: 2010


Key additions: Manager Paul Molitor, RHP Ervin Santana, OF Torii Hunter, RHP Tim Stauffer


Key subtractions: Manager Ron Gardenhire, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Jared Burton.


Why they’ll contend: One of the better offenses in the league, and improved starting pitching.


Why they won’t: Major questions about the bullpen, and Santana’s 80-game suspension for PED use is a major setback.