Manager: Bob Melvin (third season).
2012: 94-68, first place, lost in division series.
Training Town: Phoenix.
He’s Here: OF Chris Young, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, C John Jaso, INF Jed Lowrie, RHP Fernando Rodriguez.
He’s Outta Here: RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Stephen Drew, OF Jonny Gomes, SS Cliff Pennington, 3B Brandon Inge, C George Kottaras, RHP Tyson Ross, OF Collin Cowgill, RHP Jim Miller, 1B Chris Carter.
Going campin’: The low-budget A’s came out of nowhere last season to beat out big spenders Texas and the Los Angeles Angels and win the AL West title on the final day of the season. Oakland might have more talent on this season’s roster with the additions of Young and Japanese import Nakajima. A full season from lefty Brett Anderson and the return of right-hander Bartolo Colon after finishing his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test should help make up for the loss of McCarthy. Oakland is also counting on an even bigger year from Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in his second season in the majors. The key will be whether the bullpen led by closer Grant Balfour and setup men Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle can match last year’s success and rookie starters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone avoid sophomore slumps.
Manager: Ron Washington (seventh season).
2012: 93-69, second place, lost wild-card game.
Training Town: Surprise, Ariz.
He’s Here: DH-1B Lance Berkman, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Joakim Soria, C A.J. Pierzynski, hitting coach Dave Magadan.
He’s Outta Here: OF Josh Hamilton, INF Michael Young, C Mike Napoli, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Mike Adams, RHP Scott Feldman.
Going campin’: There are significant changes with the offseason departures of Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and 2010 AL MVP, Napoli and Young, the franchise’s career hits leader and longest-tenured player before being traded to Philadelphia. After consecutive World Series appearances, Texas didn’t even win a playoff game last October, losing the AL’s first one-and-done wild-card playoff after going 4-9 down the stretch and losing the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. The Rangers have a solid starting rotation fronted by Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison.
Los Angeles Angels
Manager: Mike Scioscia (14th season).
2012: 89-73, third place.
Training Town: Tempe, Ariz.
He’s Here: OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joe Blanton, LHP Sean Burnett, LHP Brandon Sisk, INF Bill Hall.
He’s Outta Here: OF Torii Hunter, RHP Zack Greinke, 1B Kendrys Morales, RHP Dan Haren, RHP Ervin Santana, C Bobby Wilson, INF Maicer Izturis, RHP Jordan Walden, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jason Isringhausen.
Going campin’: Hamilton is the Angels’ latest eye-catching prize from free agency, but he’s just one part of a significant makeover of a good team that wasn’t quite good enough last year. Los Angeles won more games than AL champion Detroit in 2012, yet still missed the playoffs for the third straight season – a first under Scioscia. Hamilton’s fearsome bat joins a lineup already featuring Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo.
The Angels are still stuck with underachieving Vernon Wells, who has two years left on his lavish contract.
Manager: Eric Wedge (third season).
2012: 75-87, fourth place.
Training Town: Peoria, Ariz.
He’s Here: OF-DH Michael Morse, 1B-DH Kendrys Morales, OF-DH Raul Ibanez, OF-DH Jason Bay, C Kelly Shoppach, INF Robert Andino.
He’s Outta Here: LHP Jason Vargas, C Miguel Olivo, C John Jaso, INF Munenori Kawasaki, INF Chone Figgins, RHP Shawn Kelley.
Going campin’: Acquiring Morales cost Seattle the No. 2 pitcher in its rotation with Vargas going back to the Angels, but it helped solidify the Mariners’ designated hitter role. Before he broke his ankle in 2010, Morales hit 34 homers and finished fifth in AL MVP voting. Second baseman Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brendan Ryan will begin spring training coming off operations for injuries that impeded their offensive production in 2012.
Manager: Bo Porter (first season).
2012: 55-107, sixth place, NL Central.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Fla.
He’s Here: 1B-DH Carlos Pena, RHP Jose Veras, RHP Philip Humber, 1B Chris Carter, RHP Brad Peacock.
He’s Outta Here: Manager Brad Mills, SS Jed Lowrie, RHP Wilton Lopez, OF Jordan Schafer, C Chris Snyder, RHP Fernando Rodriguez.
Going campin’: Porter, the former Nationals third base coach, takes over a team that has finished last in the majors in each of the past two seasons. The Astros will try to avoid becoming the first team to lose at least 106 games in three straight seasons since the expansion Mets did it from 1962-65. It won’t be easy for a team with just five players on the 40-man roster with more than two years of major league experience. Their only major offseason move was the addition of aging slugger Carlos Pena, who is expected to be the team’s first full-time designated hitter. They also signed reliever Jose Veras, who had a 3.63 ERA in 72 appearances for Milwaukee, and Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game for the White Sox in 2012 but finished the year with a 6.44 ERA.