* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. New York Yankees
A stacked lineup with a legitimate ace in Gerrit Cole and a deep bullpen has them atop the contender list in the American League.
2. Tampa Bay Rays
Their pitching depth is almost unmatched in baseball. They’ll need to score plenty of runs though in a stacked league.
3. Toronto Blue Jays
The youth movement could surprise a lot of folks in a 60-game sprint to the finish.
4. Boston Red Sox
Fortunately for them they have the Baltimore Orioles to keep them out of the cellar this year.
5. Baltimore Orioles
A 60-game season could work to their advantage, but that won’t make them contenders with more playoff spots available.
Player to Watch: SS Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
Best Acquisition: P Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees
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