Full 2013 AL West Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions

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Full 2013 AL West Piece-by-Piece Preview, Predictions
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The Oakland A's snuck up on everyone last year to win the AL West. Will they go back-to-back?

The American League West got a makeover in the offseason, with players jumping from one team to another and an old National League franchise jumping into the fray for 2013. 

After standing on top of the mountain in 2010 and 2011, the Texas Rangers (93-69) had a lousy September and opened the door for the surprising Oakland A's (94-68) to steal the division title last season. 

Right behind those two teams were the Los Angeles Angels (89-73). The Halos added a familiar face to their outfield in the offseason, signing Josh Hamilton away from Texas to bolster their already powerful lineup. 

It appears as if those three teams will be battling it out for the division championship once again, with the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros fighting for leftovers. Of course, we would have said the same thing about Oakland this time last year. 

Here is a full, in-depth look at what the AL West has to offer in 2013. 

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted

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