2013 RECORD: 85-77; KEY ADDITIONS: RHP Ryan Webb (pictured), RHP Edgmer Escalona, OF Francisco Peguero; BIGGEST LOSSES: RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Scott Feldman, 2B Brian Roberts, RHP Jim Johnson; 2014 OUTLOOK: This was a quiet offseason around Camden Yards, which is odd considering the needs present. The Orioles lost familiar names such as Hammel (Cubs), Feldman (Astros), Roberts (Yankees) and Johnson (Athletics), but they didn't appear to receive comparable reinforcements along the way. Newcomers like Jemile Weeks and David Lough still have much to prove in the major leagues. That means the Orioles will rely on old standbys like Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters to try to contend atop the AL East, a year after they finished tied for third in the division with the Yankees. Boston, Tampa Bay and New York are all in positions to contend, so earning a second playoff berth in three years will be difficult.
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Boston Red Sox
2013 RECORD: 97-65; KEY ADDITIONS: C A.J. Pierzynski (pictured), RHP Edward Mujica, INF Jonathan Herrera; BIGGEST LOSSES: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, LHP Matt Thornton; 2014 OUTLOOK: The defending World Series champions must overcome the losses of Ellsbury (Yankees) and Saltalamacchia (Marlins), but much of what made this roster the majors' best last season remains in tact. Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, has been added to help compensate for Saltalamacchia's departure. Mujica, who struggled late with the St. Louis Cardinals as a closer last season, is a wild card but could become a solid addition if he finds his earlier form. Still, this roster is built on offense, so expect Boston to follow its major-league-high 853-run effort in the regular season with similar efficiency this summer. Winning another AL East crown should be the goal.
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New York Yankees
2013 RECORD: 85-77; KEY ADDITIONS: OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Carlos Beltran, RHP Masahiro Tanaka, C Brian McCann (pictured); BIGGEST LOSSES: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Mariano Rivera, LHP Andy Pettitte; 2014 OUTLOOK: Watch for the high-spending Yankees to be a threat. New York devoted big money to Tanaka ($155 million), Ellsbury ($153 million) and Beltran ($45 million). Will the investments translate into a large postseason payoff? The guys in pinstripes hope so, because they seek a return to the playoffs after missing out last year for only the second time since 1995. It's strange the Yankees couldn't retain Cano (Mariners), and losing Granderson (Mets), Rivera (retired) and Pettitte (retired) are setbacks. Still, if this roster plays to its potential, October baseball should be expected. Boston and Tampa Bay will provide stiff tests within the division, though.
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Tampa Bay Rays
2013 RECORD: 92-71; KEY ADDITIONS: C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Grant Balfour (pictured), INF Logan Forsythe, RHP Heath Bell; BIGGEST LOSSES: RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Jamey Wright, LHP Alex Torres; 2014 OUTLOOK: Once more, the Rays should be one of the AL East's most dangerous teams. They upgraded their situation at catcher by signing Hanigan, a seven-year veteran formerly of the Reds. In the bullpen, Balfour's addition makes up for the Rodney's loss to the Mariners. They gained stability by re-signing first baseman James Loney, an AL Gold Glove Award finalist last year, and keeping ace left-hander David Price is an obvious plus. Losing Wright and Torres is a blow to their middle-reliever depth. But they have solid options available in Jake McGee and Joel Peralta, and in time, Bell could be a sound addition. Another season with at least 90 victories and a playoff berth is possible.
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Toronto Blue Jays
2013 RECORD: 74-88; KEY ADDITIONS: C Dioner Navarro (pictured), C Erik Kratz; BIGGEST LOSSES: OF Rajai Davis, RHP Brad Lincoln; 2014 OUTLOOK: The Blue Jays enter this season with much less buzz than the last. A bevy of high-profile additions -- including right-hander R.A. Dickey, shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle -- never panned out as expected in what became a disappointing summer. However, like in 2013, there's potential for Toronto to make a run in the AL East. Overall, the Blue Jays' offseason was rather unremarkable, with Navarro's addition as the headline move when the former Chicago Cubs player signed a two-year, $8 million deal. Losing Lincoln in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies could be a hit to their relief efforts. With other division foes beefing up in the offseason -- the Rays and Yankees chief among them -- the margin for error should be small. Look for the Blue Jays to finish near the bottom of the division again.