MLB Predictions: What Will Each MLB Team Look Like in 5 Years?

Phillip BrownSenior Analyst IINovember 4, 2011

MLB Predictions: What Will Each MLB Team Look Like in 5 Years?

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    Many people often wonder what their favorite team will look like in a few years. Free agency, trades and a good farm system can propel a team to a World Series, but which teams will be aggressive and savvy in order to get a better team and which teams will sit back and let homegrown talent propel them to the playoffs?

    Some teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, have the money to sign big-name free agents while some teams, like the Rays, find ways to compete with a $180-plus million payroll.

    The Yankees built their dynasty from 1996 to 2000 through a balance of homegrown talent and outside help via trades and free agency in order to win four World Series' in five years. This balance is necessary for any team hoping to become a top-tier team in the MLB.

Philidelphia Phillies

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    C: Sebastian Valle

    1B: Ryan Howard

    2B: Roman Quinn

    3B: David Wright

    SS: Freddy Galvis

    LF: Larry Greene

    CF: Dominic Brown

    RF: Hunter Pence

    No. 1 Pitcher: Cole Hamels

    No. 2 Pitcher: Cliff Lee

    No. 3 Pitcher: Vance Worley

    No. 4 Pitcher: Roy Halladay

    No. 5 Pitcher: Trevor May

    Closer: Jonathan Papelbon

    Ever since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series they have fallen farther and farther away from repeating.

    The Phillies are an aging team. With Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley out the door, along with Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard soon to follow, the Phillies must bring in an influx of young talent without trading away any of their veterans in order to stay atop the NL East.

Atlanta Braves

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    C: Brian McCann

    1B: Freddie Freedman

    2B: Ben Zobrist

    3B: Edward Salcedo

    SS: Andrelton Simmons

    LF: Jayson Heyward

    CF: Melky Cabrera

    RF: Michael Bourn

    No. 1 Pitcher: Julio Tehran

    No. 2 Pitcher: Jair Jurrjens

    No. 3 Pitcher: Mike Minor

    No. 4 Pitcher: Arodys Vizcaino

    No. 5 Pitcher: Brandon Beachy

    Closer: Craig Kimbrel

    The Braves are re-emerging as a contender, headed by their young pitching staff and potent offense. Julio Teheran will emerge as a perennial Cy Young award winner, and although nobody will reach Mariano Rivera status, Craig Kimbrel will show us that he is the real deal. Jayson Heyward will re-emerge as an offensive threat after a subpar 2011 season and will form a potent trio with Ben Zobrist and Freddie Freedman in the middle of the order.

Washington Nationals

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    C: Wilson Ramos

    1B: Michael Morse

    2B: Danny Espinosa

    3B: Ryan Zimmerman

    SS: Ian Desmond

    LF: Jayson Werth

    CF: BJ Upton

    RF: Bryce Harper

    No. 1 Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg

    No. 2 Pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann

    No. 3 Pitcher: CJ Wilson

    No. 4 Pitcher: Sammy Solis

    No. 5 Pitcher: AJ Cole

    Closer: Drew Storen

    The Nationals will have one of the best rotations in baseball, led by arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball: Stephen Strasburg. Bryce Harper will emerge as a MVP candidate and the Nationals will find themselves in a perennial three-horse race with the Braves and Phillies for the NL East crown.

New York Mets

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    C: Josh Thole

    1B: Daniel Murphy

    2B: Wilmer Flores

    3B: Ruben Tejada

    SS: Jose Reyes

    LF: Lucas Duda

    CF: Matt den Dekker

    RF: Carlos Quentin

    No. 1 Pitcher: Zach Wheeler

    No. 2 Pitcher: Josh Beckett

    No. 3 Pitcher: Matt Harvey

    No. 4 Pitcher: Peter Tago

    No. 5 Pitcher: Dillon Gee

    Closer: Bobby Parnell

    The Mets will in fact retain Jose Reyes this offseason and will do their best to surround him with enough talent to compete. Despite this, David Wright is traded in order to save money. And with the money coming off the books from Jason Bay's departure, the Mets will sign the aging, but still very good, Josh Beckett to help out young Zach Wheeler.

Miami Marlins

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    C: Brett Hayes

    1B: Gaby Sanchez

    2B: Jose Lopez

    3B: Matt Dominguez

    SS: Jose Iglesias

    LF: Mike Stanton

    CF: Chris Coghlan

    RF: Christian Yelich

    No. 1 Pitcher: James Shields

    No. 2 Pitcher: Josh Johnson

    No. 3 Pitcher: Anthony Ranaudo

    No. 4 Pitcher: Drake Britton

    No. 5 Pitcher: Chad James

    Closer: Francisco Rodriguez

    With the Marlins move into a new stadium they already made a big move by trading for Ozzie Guillen. Next they must bring some big names to help sell tickets. Trading Logan Morrison, who never got along with Marlins management, for young ace James Shields will do just that. Pairing Shields with Josh Johnson will give the Marlins a potent one-two punch at the top of their rotation. The Marlins also traded lazy Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox for two great pitching prospects and defensive specialist Jose Iglesias. Mike Stanton will emerge as a perennial 40-plus HR hitter and will put his name in as an MVP candidate from time to time.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    C: Yadier Molina

    1B: Albert Pujols

    2B: Kolten Wong

    3B: David Freese

    SS: Stephen Drew

    LF: Matt Holliday

    CF: Oscar Taveras

    RF: Matt Adams

    No. 1 Pitcher: Adam Wainwright

    No. 2 Pitcher: Shelby Miller

    No. 3 Pitcher: Jamie Garcia

    No. 4 Pitcher: Mark Buehrle

    No. 5 Pitcher: Kyle Lohse

    Closer: Jason Motte

    First I want to say congratulations for winning the World Series. Tony La Russa may have decided to retire but Albert Pujols will decide to stay in St. Louis for the rest of his career. Adam Wainwright will successfully come back from Tommy John surgery and Shelby Miller will become the frontline starter the Cardinals always hoped he would become. Expect another World Series appearance or two in the near future, because this team is loaded.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    C: Jonathan Lucroy

    1B: James Loney

    2B: Rickie Weeks

    3B: Taylor Green

    SS: Scooter Gennett

    LF: Ryan Braun

    CF: Kentrail Davis

    RF: Corey Hart

    No. 1 Pitcher: Yovani Gallardo

    No. 2 Pitcher: Zack Greinke

    No. 3 Pitcher: Mark Rogers

    No. 4 Pitcher: Shawn Marcum

    No. 5 Pitcher: Paul Maholm

    Closer: John Axford

    The Brewers will take a big hit by losing Prince Fielder in free agency, but Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo will keep this team competing for years to come. James Loney, Rickie Weeks and Zack Greinke will try to pick up the slack ,but this team will not be the same without Fielder's big bat in the middle of the lineup.

Chicago Cubs

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    C: Geovany Soto

    1B: Prince Fielder

    2B: Starlin Castro

    3B: Blake DeWitt

    SS: Darwin Barney

    LF: Nick Swisher

    CF: Brett Jackson

    RF: Reggie Golden

    No. 1 Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez

    No. 2 Pitcher: Matt Garza

    No. 3 Pitcher: Trey McNutt

    No. 4 Pitcher: Hayden Simpson

    No. 5 Pitcher: Johan Santana

    Closer: Carlos Marmol

    Theo Epstein will make big splash after big splash in free agency by signing Prince Fielder, Gio Gonzalez, Nick Swisher and an aging Johan Santana in order to help out Starlin Castro propel the Cubs into becoming one of the NL's best teams.

Cincinnati Reds

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    C: Devin Mesoraco

    1B: Yonder Alonso

    2B: Billy Hamilton

    3B: Juan Francisco

    SS: Yunel Escobar

    LF: Drew Stubbs

    CF: Yorman Rodriguez

    RF: Jay Bruce

    No. 1 Pitcher: Kyle Drabek

    No. 2 Pitcher: Johnny Cueto

    No. 3 Pitcher: Homer Bailey

    No. 4 Pitcher: Travis Wood

    No. 5 Pitcher: Deck McGuire

    Closer: Aroldis Chapman

    Let's cut to the chase, Joey Votto will be traded, but in return the Reds will net two great young pitching prospects and Yunel Escobar from the Blue Jays. This will also allow Yonder Alonso to take Votto's spot at first base. Don't be surprised if the Reds become the Rays of the NL with a lot of young talent and a starting rotation that can go toe-to-toe with any other rotation in the majors.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    C: Tony Sanchez

    1B: Casey Kotchman

    2B: Neil Walker

    3B: Pedro Alvarez

    SS: Brando Wood

    LF: Starling Marte

    CF: Andrew McCutchen

    RF: Josh Bell

    No. 1 Pitcher: Gerrit Cole

    No. 2 Pitcher: Jameson Taillon

    No. 3 Pitcher: Stetson Allie

    No. 4 Pitcher: Jeff Karstens

    No. 5 Pitcher: Luis Heredia

    Closer: Jeff Locke

    The Pirates pitching staff, led by No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, will carry the Pirates to a few .500 seasons but the Pirates offense, led by Andrew McCutchen, will have to produce in order to push them over the hump in the very tough NL Central.

Houston Astros

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    C: Carlos Corporan

    1B: Jonathan Singleton

    2B: Delino DeShields

    3B: Jimmy Paredes

    SS: Jonathan Villar

    LF: Domingo Santana

    CF: J.D. Martinez

    RF: Josh Reddick

    No. 1 Pitcher: Jarred Cosart

    No. 2 Pitcher: Brett Oberholtzer

    No. 3 Pitcher: Paul Clemens

    No. 4 Pitcher: Jake Buchanon

    No. 5 Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel

    Closer: Huston Street

    The Houston Astros will not be able to compete in the NL Central. They may, and should, be moved to the AL West in the next few years but until they do they have little to no chance. They did net a good return for Hunter Pence from the Phillies and will be able to trade Wandy Rodriguez but without some more talent I don't see the Astros greatly improving in the near future.

San Francisco Giants

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    C: Buster Posey

    1B: Brandon Belt

    2B: Brandon Phillips

    3B: Pablo Sandoval

    SS: Charlie Culberson

    LF: Christopher Dominguez

    CF: Gary Brown

    RF: Francisco Peguero

    No. 1 Pitcher: Tim Lincecum

    No. 2 Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner

    No. 3 Pitcher: Ryan Vogelsong

    No. 4 Pitcher: Gavin Floyd

    No. 5 Pitcher: Kendry Flores

    Closer: Brian Wilson

    Good news: I believe Buster Posey will fully recover from his injury and be able to catch again. I also believe that Brandon Belt will be the real deal in San Francisco.

    Bad News: Matt Cain will leave in free agency. With Tim Lincecum as the team's ace and Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong creating a dynamic trio, the Giants will not have the need to shell out $100-plus million for Cain when he hits free agency.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    C: Miguel Montero

    1B: Paul Goldschmidt

    2B: Aaron Hill

    3B: Matt Davidson

    SS: Chris Owings

    LF: Gerardo Parra

    CF: Justin Upton

    RF: Chris Young

    No. 1 Pitcher: Ian Kennedy

    No. 2 Pitcher: Trevor Bauer

    No. 3 Pitcher: Jarrod Parker

    No. 4 Pitcher: Daniel Hudson

    No. 5 Pitcher: Josh Collmenter

    Closer: David Hernandez

    The Diamondbacks, led by Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton, are an up-and-coming team that will compete for the NL West crown every year. Paul Goldschmidt will assert himself as one of the NL's best first basemen and Justin Upton will lead this team to at least one NLCS and possibly a World Series appearance.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    C: Gorman Erickson

    1B: Scott Van Slyke

    2B: Alex Castellanos

    3B: Evan Longoria

    SS: Dee Gordon

    LF: Jerry Sands

    CF: Ryan Kalish

    RF: Angelo Songco

    No. 1 Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw

    No. 2 Pitcher: Zach Lee

    No. 3 Pitcher: Angel Sanchez

    No. 4 Pitcher: Garrett Gould

    No. 5 Pitcher: Rubby De La Rosa

    Closer: Shawn Tolleson

    Good News: Clayton Kershaw will get a long-term deal well before he gets to free agency.

    Bad News: Despite Frank McCourt selling the Dodgers they will not be able to retain Matt Kemp, who has said multiple times he will not give a hometown discount to the Dodgers.

    More Good News: Dee Gordon will become a superstar and form arguably the best left infield in the majors with Evan Longoria playing third base. Zach Lee also becomes a legitimate frontline starter and Shawn Tolleson becomes one of the game's best closers.

Colorado Rockies

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    C: Willin Rosario

    1B: Nolan Arenado

    2B: Eric Young, Jr

    3B: Jonathan Herrera

    SS: Troy Tulowitzki

    LF: Carlos Gonzalez

    CF: Dexter Fowler

    RF: Kyle Parker

    No. 1 Pitcher: Drew Pomeranz

    No. 2 Pitcher: Alex White

    No. 3 Pitcher: Chad Bettis

    No. 4 Pitcher: Jhoulys Chacin

    No. 5 Pitcher: Tyler Matzek

    Closer: Rex Brothers

    When it is all said and done, the Rockies will have stolen from the Indians by getting Drew Pomeranz in the Ubaldo Jiminez trade. Pomeranz will become one of the game's best starting pitchers; although he may not have one of the best ERAs because of the thin air in Denver, he will have a sub-3.00 road ERA and be in contention for multiple Cy Youngs. Troy Tulowitzki will extinguish any doubt that he is the game's best shortstop by leading his team to the playoffs.

San Diego Padres

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    C: Nick Hundley

    1B: Anthony Rizzo

    2B: Cory Spangenberg

    3B: James Darnell

    SS: Drew Cumberland

    LF: Jaff Decker

    CF: Cameron Maybin

    RF: Donovan Tate

    No. 1 Pitcher: Mat Latos

    No. 2 Pitcher: Casey Kelly

    No. 3 Pitcher: Simon Castro

    No. 4 Pitcher: Cory Luebke

    No. 5 Pitcher: Joe Wieland

    Closer: Luke Gregerson

    The Padres will keep refusing to raise payroll and because of this will find themselves near the bottom of the NL West every single season. Anthony Rizzo, Cameron Maybin and Mat Latos look like stars, but they will not be enough to propel this team into the playoffs.

New York Yankees

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    C: Gary Sanchez

    1B: Mark Teixeira

    2B: Robinson Cano

    3B: Dante Bichette, Jr

    SS: Cito Culver

    LF: Brett Gardner

    CF: Matt Kemp

    RF: Curtis Granderson

    DH: Jesus Montero

    No. 1 Pitcher: Matt Cain

    No. 2 Pitcher: CC Sabathia

    No. 3 Pitcher: Ivan Nova

    No. 4 Pitcher: Manny Banuelos

    No. 5 Pitcher: Dellin Betances

    Closer: David Robertson

    The final members of the Core Four will retire and it will be time for the Yankees to create a new dynasty. The Yankees will start within by promoting Bichette Jr, Culver, Sanchez, Betances and Banuelos to the majors and then will fill out the roster by having a big 2013 offseason by signing Matt Cain and Matt Kemp.

    Alex Rodriguez may be one of the best players of all time and may break Barry Bond's home run record but despite the fact that he will still be under contract at 41 years old he will either be retired or on the bench.

    Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Jesus Montero will create the scariest middle of the order in recent memory, and the Yankees rotation will transition from a glaring weakness to a strength.

Boston Red Sox

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    C: Ryan Lavarnaway

    1B: Adrian Gonzalez

    2B: Dustin Pedroia

    3B: Will Middlebrooks

    SS: Hanley Ramirez

    LF: Carl Crawford

    CF: Jacoby Ellsbury

    RF: Andre Ethier

    DH: Michael Cuddyer

    No. 1 Pitcher: Jon Lester

    No. 2 Pitcher: Clay Buchholz

    No. 3 Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez

    No. 4 Pitcher: Felix Doubrant

    No. 5 Pitcher: Wandy Rodriguez

    Closer: Daniel Bard

    What can I say about the Boston Red Sox? They will remain one of the most talented teams in the majors and will be perennial World Series contenders. There will be a huge turnover of players as Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, David Ortiz and JD Drew leave and are replaced by Wandy Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Michael Cuddyer and homegrown talent.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    C: Justin O’Connor

    1B: Logan Morrison

    2B: Reid Brignac

    3B: Sean Rodriguez

    SS: Hak-Ju Lee

    LF: Josh Sale

    CF: Desmond Jennings

    RF: Brandon Guyer

    DH: Billy Butler

    No. 1 Pitcher: Jeremy Hellickson

    No. 2 Pitcher: Matt Moore

    No. 3 Pitcher: Chris Archer

    No. 4 Pitcher: Alex Colome

    No. 5 Pitcher: Wade Davis

    Closer: Jake McGee

    The Tampa Bay Rays will again have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, but due to a stellar farm system and the genius of Joe Maddon and Andrew Freidman the Rays will be in contention with the higher payroll teams, such as the Yankees and Red Sox.

    The Rays will trade away James Shields for Logan Morrison and will lose David Price, Evan Longoria, BJ Upton and Ben Zobrist but it will not matter, the Rays will not miss a beat.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    C: Travis d’Arnaud

    1B: Joey Votto

    2B: Kelly Johnson

    3B: Brett Lawrie

    SS: Adeiny Hechavarria

    LF: Colby Rasmus

    CF: Anthony Gose

    RF: Jose Bautista

    DH: JP Arencibia

    No. 1 Pitcher: Ricky Romero

    No. 2 Pitcher: Yu Darvish

    No. 3 Pitcher: Brandon Morrow

    No. 4 Pitcher: Daniel Norris

    No. 5 Pitcher: Henderson Alvarez

    Closer: Drew Hutchinson

    The Blue Jays are one of the fastest improving teams in all of baseball. Jose Bautista is a perennial MVP candidate, Colby Rasmus will emerge as an All-Star outfielder, Brett Lawrie will become a star and they will land Joey Votto. The price would be steep (Kyle Drabek, Deck McGuire and Yunel Escobar) but in return they would gain their first baseman of the future. When you think it couldn't get any better, Yu Darvish signs with the Jays and becomes the first Japanese pitcher to be very successful in America. This team makes the AL East by far the best division in the majors and will force Bud Selig to consider switching up the divisions.

Baltimore Orioles

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    C: Matt Weiters

    1B: Mark Reynolds

    2B: Mycal Givens

    3B: Brandon Waring

    SS: Manny Machado

    LF: JJ Hardy

    CF: Adam Jones

    RF: Nick Markakis

    DH: Jason Kubel

    No. 1 Pitcher: Zach Britton

    No. 2 Pitcher: Dan Klein

    No. 3 Pitcher: Tommy Hunter

    No. 4 Pitcher: Ryan Berry

    No. 5 Pitcher: Colby Lewis

    Closer: Brandon League

    The Orioles are not a lucky team. This team as a whole is pretty good, probably a .500 team, but in the absolutely brutal AL East the Orioles will look like one of the worst teams in the majors. The Orioles will not have a very good pitching staff but the offense, led by superstar Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Matt Weiters, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds, would rival most teams.

Detroit Tigers

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    C: Alex Avila

    1B: Miguel Cabrera

    2B: Francisco Martinez

    3B: Nick Castellanos

    SS: Jhonny Peralta

    LF: Delmon Young

    CF: Austin Jackson

    RF: Brennan Boesch

    DH: Victor Martinez

    No. 1 Pitcher: Justin Verlander

    No. 2 Pitcher: Jacob Turner

    No. 3 Pitcher: Doug Fister

    No. 4 Pitcher: Rick Porcello

    No. 5 Pitcher: Andy Oliver

    Closer: Jose Valverde

    The Tigers will remain an AL power with one of the best rotations in baseball paired with a very good lineup. Justin Verlander will win multiple Cy Young awards and Miguel Cabrera will be a perennial MVP candidate, but the best "surprise" will be Jacob Turner, who will become a legitimate ace if he was on any team but the Tigers. Expect the Tigers to rival the best teams in the AL in the future.

Chicago White Sox

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    C: Tyler Flowers

    1B: Dayan Viciedo

    2B: Gordon Beckham

    3B: Brent Morel

    SS: Eduardo Escobar

    LF: Jeff Francouer

    CF: Brandon Short

    RF: Jared Mitchell

    DH: Paul Konerko

    No. 1 Pitcher: Chris Sale

    No. 2 Pitcher: John Danks

    No. 3 Pitcher: Philip Humber

    No. 4 Pitcher: Addison Reed

    No. 5 Pitcher: Jacob Petricka

    Closer: Greg Infante

    The White Sox do not have the same bright future as their North Chicago rivals. They will be a perennial .500 team, but other than a surprise playoff appearance if Verlander or Cabrera goes down with an injury the White Sox will have a tough time making some noise.

Minnesota Twins

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    C: Joe Mauer

    1B: Chris Parmelee

    2B: Trevor Plouffe

    3B: Danny Valencia

    SS: Miguel Sano

    LF: Eddie Rosario

    CF: Ben Revere

    RF: Aaron Hicks

    DH: Joe Benson

    No. 1 Pitcher: Francisco Liriano

    No. 2 Pitcher: Kyle Gibson

    No. 3 Pitcher: Liam Hendriks

    No. 4 Pitcher: Alex Wimmers

    No. 5 Pitcher: Brian Duensing

    Closer: Chris Perez

    Personally, I think Joe Mauer will live up to his contract and re-gain his title as world's best catcher. Despite this it won't matter. Justin Morneau will leave in free agency and the rotation will be suspect at best. The Twins will be in the same boat as the White Sox, an average team with little chance to make noise in a division with the powerhouse Tigers and two up-and-coming teams in the Indians and Royals.

Cleveland Indians

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    C: Carlos Santana

    1B: Matt LaPorta

    2B: Jason Kipnis

    3B: Lonnie Chisenhall

    SS: Asdrubal Cabrera

    LF: LeVon Washington

    CF: Jordan Henry

    RF: Tyler Holt

    DH: Nick Weglarz

    No. 1 Pitcher: Justin Masterson

    No. 2 Pitcher: Ubaldo Jiminez

    No. 3 Pitcher: Josh Tomlin

    No. 4 Pitcher: Jason Knapp

    No. 5 Pitcher: Fausto Carmona

    Closer: Jason Knapp

    If Ubaldo Jiminez can even get close to his pre-All-Star break 2010 season, the Indians have a legitimate chance of challenging the Tigers for the AL Central crown year in and year out. Justin Masterson is a bonafide ace and the Indians have one of the best infields in the majors with Absdrubal Cabrera showing everybody that 2011 was no fluke.

Kansas City Royals

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    C: Cam Gallagher

    1B: Eric Hosmer

    2B: Cheslor Cuthbert

    3B: Mike Moustakas

    SS: Alicdes Escobar

    LF: Alex Gordon

    CF: Bubba Starling

    RF: Will Myers

    DH: Clint Robinson

    No. 1 Pitcher: Danny Duffy

    No. 2 Pitcher: Michael Montgomery

    No. 3 Pitcher: Edwin Jackson

    No. 4 Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi

    No. 5 Pitcher: John Lamb

    Closer: Joakim Soria

    The Royals may improve the most of any team in the majors over the next five years. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Bubba Staling, Clint Robinson and Will Myers will become legitimate starters and their rotation will be very good. This combination of a great young offense and a very good rotation will propel the Royals near the top of the AL Central with the Tigers and Indians.

Texas Rangers

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    C: Mike Napoli

    1B: Justin Morneau

    2B: Jurickson Profar

    3B: Mike Olt

    SS: Elvis Andrus

    LF: Josh Hamilton

    CF: Leonys Martin

    RF: Ian Kinsler

    DH: Adrian Beltre

    No. 1 Pitcher: David Price

    No. 2 Pitcher: Martin Perez

    No. 3 Pitcher: Derek Holland

    No. 4 Pitcher: Neftali Feliz

    No. 5 Pitcher: Matt Harrison

    Closer: Ryan Madson

    CJ Wilson may leave in free agency but it will not phase the Rangers, because if Nolan Ryan knows how to do anything it is how to build a pitching staff. David Price will be brought in to be the rotation's ace, Martin Perez will prove to be a frontline starter and Neftali Feliz will make a success full transition form the bullpen to the rotation. To take his place the Rangers will sign Ryan Madson.

    On offense the Rangers will become even more potent with the call up of Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt. Justin Morneau will also contribute big numbers from the middle of the order and the core of Kinsler, Hamilton, Napoli, Beltre and Andrus will stay in place.

    Expect the Rangers to make it to another World Series or two in the near future and challenge the Yankees as the AL's best team.

Los Angeles Angels

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    C: Hank Conger

    1B: Kendry Morales

    2B: Howie Kendrick

    3B: Jean Segura

    SS: Erick Aybar

    LF: Mike Trout

    CF: Peter Bourjos

    RF: Kole Calhoun

    DH: Mark Trumbo

    No. 1 Pitcher: Jered Weaver

    No. 2 Pitcher: Dan Haren

    No. 3 Pitcher: Ervin Santana

    No. 4 Pitcher: Tyler Chatwood

    No. 5 Pitcher: Garrett Richards

    Closer: Jordan Walden

    The Angels have a very bright future with young talent appearing on offense and in the pitching staff. Mike Trout, Peter Bourjous, Mark Trumbo and Jordan Walden all look like stars, and with Jered Weaver and Dan Haren heading the rotation this is a very dangerous team. Despite the stellar pitching and very good offense, this team's biggest strength will be its defense with Bourjos leading the way with multiple Gold Gloves.

Seattle Mariners

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    C: Adam Moore

    1B: Justin Smoak

    2B: Dustin Ackley

    3B: Kyle Seager

    SS: Nick Franklin

    LF: Chih-Hsien Chiang

    CF: Trayvon Robinson

    RF: Johermyn Chavez

    DH: Grady Sizemore

    No. 1 Pitcher: Felix Hernandez

    No. 2 Pitcher: Michael Pineda

    No. 3 Pitcher: Taijuan Walker

    No. 4 Pitcher: Danny Hultzen

    No. 5 Pitcher: James Paxton

    Closer: Chance Ruffin

    Yes, Mariners fan, Felix Hernandez is still in Seattle. The Mariners have so much young talent I don't even know what they will do with it. Every position player and starting pitcher looks like either a current or future superstar. Most people think the Mariners need to go out and get Prince Fielder to be successful but I disagree, this team is very good as is. Expect the Mariners to compete with the Rangers every single year and take at least one AL West crown in the very near future.

Oakland Athletics

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    C: Kurt Suzuki

    1B: Conor Jackson

    2B: Jemile Weeks

    3B: Scott Sizemore

    SS: Grant Green

    LF: Chris Carter

    CF: Aaron Shipman

    RF: Michael Choice

    DH: Steve Parker

    No. 1 Pitcher: Trevor Cahill

    No. 2 Pitcher: Rich Harden

    No. 3 Pitcher: Brandon McCarthy

    No. 4 Pitcher: Graham Godfrey

    No.5 Pitcher: Guillermo Moscoso

    Closer: Andrew Bailey

    The Athletics are in a very similar situation as the Orioles. They are flushed with young talent and would be a .500 team if they were not in such a brutal division. The AL West may not be as good as the AL East but the Rangers, Mariners and Angels are three legitimate playoff teams that will impede the A's progress to a potential playoff berth.


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    I am by no means an expert in every team's farm system so I might have missed a prospect or two that could make an impact in the majors, but I do believe that the majors will look similar to this in five years.

    Please comment and give suggestions below on anything you would change.