#1 Boston Red Sox-
Key additions: Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Jenks
Key losses: Adrian Beltre (TEX), Bill Hall (HOU), Victor Martinez (DET)
Key Player: Josh Beckett
The Red Sox had a fantastic off-season, acquiring Crawford and Gonzalez from Tampa Bay and San Diego respectively. They have a tremendous amount of talent. But in order for the Sox to have any chance of making the World Series, they need the starting rotation to have a bounce back year.
#2 New York Yankees- wild card winner
Key additions: Russell Martin, Pedro Feliciano
Key losses: Lance Berkman (STL), Andy Pettitte (Retired), Kerry Wood (CHC)
Key Player: Derek Jeter
The Yankees were surprising shut out in their pursuit of any big free agents. If Jeter has a strong season, the Yankees could challenge Boston for the division title. But without Pettitte, it will be more challenging.
#3 Toronto Blue Jays
Key additions: Rajai Davis
Key losses: John Buck (FLA), Kevin Gregg (BAL), Shaun Marcum (MIL)
Key Player: Adam Lind
Toronto had a surprising season last year, with Jose Bautista leading the way. GM Alex Anthopoulos is making the right decisions. They won't be able to bring down Boston or New York this year, but don't be surprised if the Jays compete in the next few years.
#4 Baltimore Orioles
Key additions: J.J. Hardy, Mark Raynolds, Derrick Lee
Key losses: Julio Lugo (FA), Kevin Millwood (FA), Ty Wigginton (COL)
Key Player: Brian Roberts
When Buck Showalter took over last year in August, the Orioles got more wins in mid-August to the end of the year, then they had before Showalter took over. The Orioles had a good offseason. They will suprise many this year, and are a couple more years away from serious contention.
#5 Tampa Bay Rays
Key additions: Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez
Key losses: Carl Crawford (BOS), Carlos Pena (CHC), Matt Garza (CHC), Rafael Soriano (NYY)
Key Player: Desmon Jennings
To be honest, I could have put them in 4th place. But the Rays lost to many pieces, mainly in Crawford and Garza. They could beat Baltimore in the division, but overall, Evan Longoria, Damon, and Manny won't be enough to contend.