1. Chicago White Sox: 90-72
2. Minnesota Twins: 87-75
3. Detriot Tigers: 78-84
4. Cleveland Indians: 70-92
5. KC Royals: 65-97
A healthy Jake Peavy equals trouble for the rest of the division. Followed in that rotation by Buehrle, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd, Peavy is the anchor of an extremely talented starting corps.
The addition of Juan Pierre at the top of the order was a sneaky good move for Ozzie Guillen. We all know he loves to play the speed game on the bases, and Pierre offers that opportunity.
I expect Andruw Jones to emerge as one of the most productive guys on this team. He's looking to revive his career and he appears to have found his place in the Designated Hitter role.
I expect plenty of noise from the South Siders in 2010.
The loss of Joe Nathan will hurt the Twins greatly in their inaugural season at Target Field. The race between the Twins and ChiSox, however, will remain close for much of the season. Getting Mauer's contract extension out of the way in the spring was a great move. I expect the Sox to win the division, but you count Ron Gardenhire out at your own peril.
The Tigers might keep things close, but the trade of Curtis Granderson for barely major-league-ready prospects sealed their fate as an also-ran this year.
The Indians should improve some, but Manny Acta's presence as manager is a good thing. Expect big improvement in a year or two.
The only reason to mention the Royals is Zack Greinke. There, I mentioned him.