AL Contender - Toronto Blue Jays
After bringing in Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera and Emilio Bonifacio, the Blue Jays could be mistaken for wearing pinstripes. However, the Blue Jays still play in the AL East, a league where every team is a threat to make the playoffs for the first time in recent memory. Combined with the injury history of both the established players and the players acquired, their season could turn into a slippery slope in a hurry. Should they stay healthy, they’re a potential powerhouse. If not, they might be watching October at home.
AL Contender - Tampa Bay Rays
After losing B.J. Upton, James Shields, Wade Davis and several key bullpen pieces, the Rays had a very busy offseason. In a trade that sent Shields and Davis to Kansas City, the Rays acquired the top-hitting prospect in baseball, Will Myers. Though risky, Myers’ potential could pay huge dividends for Tampa who has long been looking for a bat to complement Longoria. Add that with reigning National League Cy Young Award winner David Price, 2011 Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson and lights-out closer Fernando Rodney, and the Rays’ success on the mound should continue.