As the 2013 season gets closer, there are a few teams that can see their production decline in the upcoming season as a result of a clubhouse-clearing trade or Father Time creeping up.
The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins are two teams that could be on the decline next season. The Yankees are old and show no signs of getting younger. The Marlins cleared house with a 12-player deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
With many teams losing players to free agency, they will have a hard time replacing their stars. The Texas Rangers could see a drop in wins if Josh Hamilton decides to play elsewhere.
The 2012 season saw a couple surprise teams make it to the playoffs for the first time in years. The Baltimore Orioles made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The Oakland Athletics ended a five-year playoff drought when they won the AL West.
The 2013 season could see a couple more teams make a run for the playoffs. However, there are a few teams that could join the Marlins and Yankees as declining teams next year.