American League West


* – indicates new to team

1. Houston Astros

The upstart Astros with a legitimate closer should vid for the division title.

2. Texas Rangers

Health will always be a huge factor for them and a healthy Yu Darvish is the prime example of that.

3. Los Angeles Angels

They’ll go back to basics with pitching, defense and a return to playing small ball.

4. Seattle Mariners

They’ve cleaned house from top to bottom. They’ll need another year to get things in order.

5. Oakland Athletics

With payroll limitations and a football stadium as their home, another year in the cellar seems in order.

Player to Watch: OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Arguably the most exciting player to watch in baseball could be gearing up for a career year if the Angels play small ball this year. He is just getting into his prime and there’s no telling where his limit is.

Best Acquisition: SS Andrelton Simmons Los Angeles Angels

Defense is becoming a huge part of the philosophy for a lot of teams and the Angels went out and grabbed the best defensive shortstop in the game. He’ll be a mainstay up the middle for many years.

New Kid on the Block: 3B/OF Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

The potential is there for 40 home runs, but will there be a spot for him come Opening Day? Beltre is approaching the end of his career and even though Hamilton is back on board, his injury history gives Gallo an opening to get some at bats.

Houston Astros

Astros Lineup

1. 2B Jose Altuve

2. RF George Springer

3. SS Carlos Correa

4. DH Evan Gattis

5. LF Colby Rasmus

6. CF Carlos Gomez

7. 3B Luis Valbuena

8. 1B Jon Singleton

9. C Jason Castro


OF Jake Marisnick

INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez

OF Preston Tucker


1. Dallas Keuchel

2. Collin McHugh

3. Mike Fiers

4. Doug Fister*

5. Scott Feldman


Luke Gregerson


Ken Giles*


A.J. Hinch

Texas Rangers

Rangers Lineup

1. CF Delino DeShields Jr.

2. RF Shin-Soo Choo

3. DH Prince Fielder

4. 3B Adrian Beltre

5. LF Josh Hamilton

6. 1B Mitch Moreland

7. SS Elvis Andrus

8. 2B Rougned Odor

9. C Robinson Chirinos


INF/OF Ian Desmond*

C Chris Gimenez

INF/OF Jurickson Profar


1. Yu Darvish

2. Cole Hamels

3. Derek Holland

4. Martin Perez

5. Colby Lewis


Sam Dyson


Shawn Tolleson


Jeff Banister

Los Angeles Angels

Angels Lineup

1. 3B Yunel Escobar*

2. RF Kole Calhoun

3. CF Mike Trout

4. 1B Albert Pujols

5. DH C.J. Cron

6. LF Daniel Nava*

7. SS Andrelton Simmons*

8. C Carlos Perez

9. 2B Johnny Giavotella


C Geovany Soto*

INF Cliff Pennington*

OF Craig Gentry*


1. Garrett Richards

2. Andrew Heaney

3. Jered Weaver

4. C.J. Wilson

5. Hector Santiago


Joe Smith


Huston Street


Mike Scioscia

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Lineup

1. LF Nori Aoki*

2. SS Ketel Marte

3. 2B Robinson Cano

4. DH Nelson Cruz

5. 3B Kyle Seager

6. 1B Adam Lind*

7. RF Seth Smith

8. C Chris Iannetta*

9. CF Leonys Martin*


OF Franklin Gutierrez

C Mike Zunino

1B/DH Jesus Montero


1. Felix Hernandez

2. Hisashi Iwakuma

3. Wade Miley*

4. Taijuan Walker

5. James Paxton


Joaquin Benoit*


Steve Cishek*


Scott Servais*

Oakland Athletics

Athletics Lineup

1. CF Bill Burns

2. 3B Danny Valencia

3. 1B Mark Canha

4. DH Billy Butler

5. C Stephen Vogt

6. LF Khris Davis*

7. RF Josh Reddick

8. 2B Jed Lowrie*

9. SS Marcus Semien


1B Yonder Alonso*

C Josh Phegley

OF Coco Crisp


1. Sonny Gray

2. Jesse Hahn

3. Kendall Graveman

4. Rich Hill*

5. Chris Bassitt


Ryan Madson*


Sean Doolittle


Bob Melvin

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