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Predicted Standings (postseason team(s) in bold)
1. Los Angeles Angels (90-72)
2. Oakland Athletics (88-74)
3. Texas Rangers (87-75)
4. Seattle Mariners (77-85)
5. Houston Astros (50-112)
The rebuilding Astros are the worst team in baseball entering the 2013 season, but that is not enough to drop the AL West out of the top spot in these rankings.
Last season, the Rangers and A's both made the postseason while the Angels won a solid, albeit disappointing, 89 games.
The Angels spent big again this offseason in adding Josh Hamilton, while also bolstering their bullpen and retooling their starting rotation. After coming up short spending big last season, the Angels could finally play up to their potential in 2013.
Then there are the A's, who managed to win the division last season with a rag-tag group of unproven youngsters and journeyman veterans. All the parts are there for them to return to the postseason again.
The Rangers may take a step back after losing a lot in free agency, including Hamilton, but they still have a strong team and should contend. The Mariners are heading in the other direction, as they have a handful of top tier prospects who should make an impact this season, and could push them closer to contention.