2013 RECORD: 51-111. KEY ADDITIONS: OF Dexter Fowler, RHP Scott Feldman, RHP Jesse Crain, RHP Chad Qualls. BIGGEST LOSSES: RHP Jordan Lyles, OF Brandon Barnes. 2014 OUTLOOK: The Astros likely won't be in contention again this season, but do expect the team to improve on its 111 losses in 2014. New leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler is expected to give the lineup some much-needed life, and the bullpen has gone through a serious upgrade with the additions of Jesse Crain and Chad Qualls highlighting the newcomers. While the major league roster might still be lacking, fans should start to see a light at the end of the tunnel with several highly touted prospects waiting their turn to make the jump to the majors.
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2013 RECORD: 71-91. KEY ADDITIONS: 2B Robinson Cano, 1B Corey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck, RHP Scott Baker. BIGGEST LOSSES: OF Raul Ibanez, LHP Joe Saunders, 1B Kendrys Morales, LHP Oliver Perez. 2014 OUTLOOK: Surprisingly the Mariners signed the offseason's biggest free agent in Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract. Cano is no doubt great, and the signings of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison show Seattle is serious about bolstering what was an anemic lineup last season, but the rest of the lineup, especially Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager, will need to step up its game for Seattle to make the jump to playoff contender. If the members of the rotation not named Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma can provide decent pitching, the Mariners will be in good shape for 2014.
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Los Angeles Angels
2013 RECORD: 78-84. KEY ADDITIONS: OF Raul Ibanez, 3B David Freese, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Tyler Skaggs. BIGGEST LOSSES: OF/IF Mark Trumbo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Tommy Hanson, OF Peter Bourjos. 2014 OUTLOOK: Since adding Albert Pujols in 2011, and Josh Hamilton in 2012, the Angels have underwhelmed in back-to-back seasons with such high expectations from the two sluggers. With Mike Trout established as one of the best players in the league after two MVP-caliber campaigns, the Angels may finally get over the hump thanks to the offseason additions to the lineup of Raul Ibanez and David Freese. If the rotation can play well enough past Jared Weaver and C.J. Wilson, LA might be able to make the division interesting.
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2013 RECORD: 91-72. KEY ADDITIONS: 1B Prince Fiedler, OF Shin-Soo Choo, C J.P. Arencibia, OF Michael Choice. BIGGEST LOSSES: 2B Ian Kinsler, OF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pierzynski, OF David Murphy, RHP Matt Garza, RHP Joe Nathan. 2014 OUTLOOK: After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009, losing the tiebreaker game against the Rays, the Rangers bolstered their lineup with the signings of Prince Fiedler and Shin-Soo Choo. Derek Holland's freak offseason injury won't do the team any favors with him expected to be out until at least the All-Star break, but Texas isn't panicking with the much-anticipated returns of Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis to the rotation. If the Rangers lineup hits to its potential and the rotation holds up, expect Texas to be fighting for the top spot in the AL West all season.
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2013 RECORD: 96-66. KEY ADDITIONS: LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Nick Punto, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric O'Flaherty, LHP Fernando Abad. BIGGEST LOSSES: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, OF Chris Young, C Kurt Suzuki, OF Seth Smith, LHP Brett Anderson, 2B Jemile Weeks. 2014 OUTLOOK: Winning the AL West the last two seasons means the A's have a target on their backs heading into the 2014 instead of being thought as the underdog. Gone is Bartolo Colon who had been a workhorse for Oakland the past two years with Scott Kazmir coming in to take his place. The bullpen loses All-Star closer Grant Balfour, but gains a very capable replacement from Baltimore in Jim Johnson. The lineup mostly remains unchanged, but the biggest question is: Can the A's win a third consecutive division crown?