Potential Opening Day Lineup
Potential Opening Rotation
Ignore the order of the post today, the Athletics are still an AL West contender. With Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes still on the roster, the A's have plenty of enough firepower to win the AL West. Not to mention Jarrod Parker and Sonny Gray have the arms to contend with the best of them in the AL. The A's may not boast the stars like the rest of the AL West, but they, just like in Moneyball, blend together to form a team that could possibly be one of the best in the AL.
There is no such thing as staying quiet in the Angels offseason. Within the last three years they have signed Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and C.J Wilson, and it didn't change this offseason when they acquired former World Series MVP David Freese and former pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. The Angels also made some other moves by trading away Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos. The Angels also made Mike Trout a "million dollar man" by signing him to a 1yr - $1million contract. This is only temporary as the Angels are expected to sign him to a multi year deal later on this season or in the offseason. With those acquisitions, and the hope for a healthy Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, the Angels are looking to return to the promise land that they should have been in the past two years. Also don't overlook the acquisition of Freese. Freese is a proven winner and leader and should really help the Angels not just on the diamond, but in the dugout as well.
Believe it or not the Astros are piecing together their team of the future as we speak. The Astros have had the No.1 pick in the draft the last two years and will have the No. 1pick in this years as well. They have already added names like Carlos Correa, Mark Appeal, and Jon Singleton. Besides Singleton the other two aren't expected to see much playing time this year, unless they are called up in September. The Astros also went out and added Dexter Fowler to their outfield, and pitcher Scott Feldman will take the helm as the Astros new ace this year. With that being said, the only thing the Astros are going to compete for this year is another top 5 draft pick, but don't be surprised if the Astros are competing for the AL: West title within the next two years.
Here come the Mariners! After years of being on the cusp of the playoffs, it finally seems as though the Mariners finally have a chance to break through. Seattle won this years free agent sweepstakes and signed 2B Robinson Cano to go along with a rapidly well developing offense, combined with Felix Hernandez and their elite starting rotation. Look for the Mariners to make a hard push at the AL West crown.
The Texas Rangers have become the model of consistency in the AL West over the last five seasons. In that time span the Rangers have made 2 World Series appearances, won the AL West twice, made the playoffs 3 times, and have an average winning percentage of .564. Last year the Rangers were one play-in game away from making the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year. This year they will add some firepower in Prince Fielder, while still having Cy Young hopeful Yu Darvish around to bolster. Look for the Rangers to continue their winning ways and take advantage of an AL West that, other than Oakland, that just can't seem to put all the pieces together.