For the first time since 1994, the American League West will be realigned with the addition of the Houston Astros for the 2013 season. Surely this change will affect the landscape of the league, let alone the division.
The Astros, as well as the Seattle Mariners, were cellar dwellers in their respective divisions in 2012. With the AL West being more competitive than it had been in years past last season, it's unfair to count out any of the five teams who will be competing to dethrone the Oakland Athletics.
Here's why the Seattle Mariners will flourish in the West in 2013.