New York Yankees
Manager: Joe Girardi (sixth season).
2012: 95-67, first place, lost in ALCS.
Training Town: Tampa, Fla.
He’s Here: 3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, OF Matt Diaz, C Bobby Wilson, DH-OF Juan Rivera.
He’s Outta Here: RF Nick Swisher, C Russell Martin, DH-OF Raul Ibanez, 3B Eric Chavez, OF Andruw Jones, RHP Rafael Soriano, RHP Freddy Garcia, LHP Pedro Feliciano.
Going campin’: The Yankees enter spring training with more uncertainty than they’ve had in a long time. The Yankees did little to get younger in the offseason. Hoping to get below the threshold for an increased luxury tax next year, they refrained from completing any big deals, making the re-signing of starting pitchers Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte a priority. Mariano Rivera (knee), Derek Jeter (foot) and CC Sabathia (elbow) are expected to be ready for the season but Michael Pineda (shoulder) could be sidelined until late June.
Manager: Buck Showalter (third full season).
2012: 93-69, second place, wild card, lost division series.
Training Town: Sarasota, Fla.
He’s Here: 1B Travis Ishikawa. INF Danny Valencia, 2B Alexi Casilla, RHP Jair Jurrjens, INF-OF Yamaico Navarro, OF Trayvon Robinson,
He’s Outta Here: 1B Mark Reynolds, LHP Joe Saunders, 2B Robert Andino, OF Endy Chavez, OF Bill Hall, DH Nick Johnson, INF Omar Quintanilla, DH Jim Thome, LHP Randy Wolf.
Going campin’: Following their most successful season in 15 years, the Orioles did very little over the winter. Their most significant offseason move was re-signing free agent outfielder Nate McLouth, but that hardly makes up for the loss of free agents Reynolds and Saunders. Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez are favorites to top the rotation, and Jake Arrieta, Jurrjens, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz intend to add their names to the list.
Tampa Bay Rays
Manager: Joe Maddon (eighth season).
2012: 90-72, third place.
Training Town: Port Charlotte, Fla.
He’s Here: 1B James Loney, SS Yunel Escobar, OF Shelley Duncan, RHP Jamey Wright, RHP Roberto Hernandez, OF Wil Myers, INF-OF Kelly Johnson.
He’s Outta Here: RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis, OF B.J. Upton, 1B Carlos Pena, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP J.P. Howell, 2B Jeff Keppinger, OF Ben Francisco.
Going campin’: With right-handers Shields and Davis dealt to Kansas City in an offseason trade that landed one of baseball’s top young minor league prospects in the 22-year-old Myers, an outfielder, the Rays enter spring training with openings in both the starting rotation and bullpen. But the hottest topic of discussion will be the health of three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria, who appeared in just 74 games a year ago because of a partly torn left hamstring. Hard-throwing left-hander David Price led the AL in wins (20) and ERA (2.56) en route to winning the Cy Young Award in his third full season in the majors. He will be counted on even more with Shields. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and lefty Matt Moore figure to retain spots in the rotation, with the remaining slots filled from among a talented group that includes right-handers Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Jeff Niemann.
Toronto Blue Jays
Manager: John Gibbons (first season).
2012: 73-89, fourth place.
Training Town: Dunedin, Fla.
He’s Here: SS Jose Reyes, RHP R.A. Dickey, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, OF Melky Cabrera, INF Maicer Izturis, C Josh Thole, C Mike Nickeas, C Henry Blanco, OF-INF Emilio Bonifacio, INF Mark DeRosa.
He’s Outta Here: Manager John Farrell, C John Buck, SS Yunel Escobar, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Carlos Villaneuva, 2B Kelly Johnson, RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Sam Dyson.
Going campin’: Determined to end their playoff drought at 20 years, the Blue Jays wheeled and dealed in the offseason, acquiring Dickey, the NL Cy Young Award winner, and Reyes, Buehrle and Johnson, all former All-Stars, in trades with the Mets and Marlins. Toronto also inked Cabrera, the All-Star game MVP who served a 50-game drug suspension last season, to a free-agent contract. GM Alex Anthopoulos hired Gibbons to return for his second stint as manager when Farrell was traded to Boston to take the Red Sox job. The dynamic Reyes and Cabrera, who was leading the NL with a .346 batting average when he was suspended, plan to provide plenty of RBI opportunities for sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, who had wrist surgery in September.
Boston Red Sox
Manager: John Farrell (first season)
2012: 69-93, last place.
Training Town: Fort Myers, Fla.
He’s Here: 1B Mike Napoli, SS Stephen Drew, CF Shane Victorino, SP Ryan Dempster, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Joel Hanrahan, C David Ross.
He’s Outta Here: Manager Bobby Valentine, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, RF Cody Ross, SS Mike Aviles, 1B James Loney, OF Scott Podsednik, RP Vicente Padilla, RP Scott Atchison.
Going campin’: The Red Sox have a chance to start fresh after Valentine’s one tumultuous season left them in last place in the AL East. Gone are Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford in an August salary dump that cleared more than $250 million from the books. The Red Sox did not make any big deals to replace them, instead making a series of smaller moves that included signing Napoli and Victorino. They will need the starting pitching to bounce back – including John Lackey, who missed all of last season after right elbow surgery. Jon Lester (9-14, 4.82 ERA) and Clay Buchholz (11-8, 4.56) are also looking to improve with the return of Farrell, their former pitching coach. Gomes and Victorino join an outfield that can be strong if Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been injured two of the past three seasons, is healthy.