March 27, 2013 2:02 PM by Wade Blogs
Kansas City Royals:
The Royals are the team of prospects, pretty much every year but can’t mix dwindling veteran leadership with young gun spunk. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are already stars and should carry the team. I would be surprised if Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, and Lorenzo Cain don’t have decent years overall. Big question mark is the additions of the hurlers: James Shields and Wade Davis. Will they pay off? The Royals could be the 2013 version of the 2012 Orioles.
Cleveland made a big splash when they added the pair of quality free agents in Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. Terry Francona is at the helm of the Indians this year and he’ll improve them from day 1. Watch out for Trevor Bauer, he should make headlines this year.
Chicago White Sox:
Can the Chi-Sox win with their current bunch of players? They’d all need to have monster years to make it happen. If guys like Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn struggle in the first few weeks, it will be a long summer on the South Side. Could Ventura be auditioning for another gig? Perhaps the teams in New York?
The Twinkies have two stars that are as fragile as the legendary dessert: Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, both former MVPs who have been competing for Minnesota’s Mr. Glass title. The team isn’t too good but come June/July, there isn’t a better place to watch a game than Target Field.
1. Detroit Tigers – x
2. Kansas City Royals
3. Cleveland Indians
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Minnesota Twins
x = clinched division | y = clinched playoff berth