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1. Detroit Tigers: 94-68
The Tigers will be looking for their third consecutive AL Central title in 2013, and they'll have no problem reaching that goal.
The offense returns intact, strengthened by the addition of right fielder Torii Hunter and the return of designated hitter Victor Martinez. Anchored by Prince Fielder and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, it will be the best offense in the division.
A rotation featuring Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez is among the best in the American League. This is a team built to win now. The Tigers are primed to make another World Series run.
2. Kansas City Royals: 84-78
The Royals have had one winning season in the 21st century. They'll add to that total in 2013.
The addition of James Shields and Ervin Santana vastly improves the starting rotation. Jeremy Guthrie seems to have found his comfort level in Kansas City as well.
The bullpen is one of the team's great strengths. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com recently ranked it as the 10th-best bullpen in baseball.
If youngsters Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer can live up to their potential, the offense has a chance to be solid. The Royals will put together a winning season, but they will still fall short of the postseason.
3. Chicago White Sox: 80-82
Much like the Baltimore Orioles, the White Sox did little this offseason to upgrade their roster. Jeff Keppinger was signed to replace the departed Kevin Youkilis, but no other major pieces were acquired.
John Danks is making his return from surgery to arthroscopically repair a capsular tear in his left shoulder. The bullpen is steady but not spectacular. It ranked eighth in the American League with a 3.75 ERA last year.
Offensively, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios need to continue their resurgence, with both putting up far better numbers last season than in 2011. Paul Konerko will again be expected to carry a full load again at age 37.
The White Sox remain a team with question marks at catcher and second base. And they don't have much depth.
4. Cleveland Indians: 77-85
The Cleveland Indians should see improvement over last year's 68-94 finish, but a complete turnaround is definitely a reach.
Brett Myers and Trevor Bauer help to upgrade a rotation that was woeful in 2012. Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds and Drew Stubbs could provide help offensively as well. But the Tribe still has far too many questions concerning its pitching to truly be considered a contender.
5. Minnesota Twins: 68-94
The Twins may have made some strides in an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, but they paid a heavy price.
Gone are Denard Span and Ben Revere, two solid outfield contributors last year. In their place are the unproven Darin Mastroianni and Chris Parmelee.
The rotation now features Scott Diamond, Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, Liam Hendriks, Cole DeVries and Brian Duensing. Mike Pelfrey could help at some point after returning from Tommy John surgery.
The rotation was the worst in the American League last season. While the additions may help, they won't help enough to get the Twins out of the AL Central cellar.