Manager: Ned Yost, who is in his 10th season as a big league manager without getting a team to 84 wins. He'll be gone if the Royals fade out of the gate once again.

Key reinforcements: RHP James Shields, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Wade Davis, C George Kottaras, C Brett Hayes, IF Miguel Tejada, OF Xavier Nady.

Gone, not forgotten: OF Wil Myers, RHP Joakim Soria, RHP Jake Odorizzi, RHP Vin Mazzaro, C Brayan Pena.

Big fun: Shields is as strong of a presence as you can add to a pitching staff. He should make this an interesting time to watch pitchers Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy, Nathan Adcock, Aaron Crow, Felipe Paulino and even veterans Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen.

Big worry: That Myers, traded to the Rays for Shields, turns out to be a cornerstone hitter while Shields, 31, goes into immediate decline after his first trade.


Last year: 68-94, which forced the management team of Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti to reluctantly send Manny Acta packing.

Manager: Terry Francona arrives with two World Series rings and a burning desire to show he can make a difference, as he did before the crash landing in Boston.

Key reinforcements: OF Michael Bourn, OF Nick Swisher, 1B Mark Reynolds, OF Drew Stubbs, RHP Trevor Bauer, RHP Brett Myers, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP Matt Capps, IF Mike Aviles, RHP Matt Albers.

Gone, not forgotten: OF Shin-Soo Choo, DH Travis Hafner, OF Grady Sizemore, 3B Jack Hannahan, LHP Tony Sipp, RHP Roberto Hernandez, LHP Rafael Perez.

Big fun: Bauer, the key to the three-team deal that sent Choo to the Reds, has the kind of arm the Indians have lacked since CC Sabathia was a youngster. He'll be watched closely before opening the season in Double A or Triple A.

Big worry: Swisher's personality wore thin in stints with the A's and White Sox and will require regular massages from Francona to make an arranged marriage work. He landed in Cleveland only because his stock dropped swiftly as free agency approached.


Last year: 66-96, mostly because of a rotation that finished with a 5.40 ERA, the second-worst in the majors — and Target Field is a pitcher's park.

Manager: Ron Gardenhire, consistently a high finisher in Manager of the Year voting, enters his 12th season without any guarantees of a 13th.

Key reinforcements: RHP Kevin Correia, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Alex Meyer, RHP Trevor May, RHP Rich Harden.

Gone, not forgotten: OF Denard Span, OF Ben Revere, RHP Scott Baker, RHP Carl Pavano, RHP Matt Capps.

Big fun: Meyer and Kyle Gibson, recovered from Tommy John surgery, will light up camp with their potential to become front-end starters in the near future as the Twins cross their fingers to add one of the three top college arms (Sean Manaea, Mark Appel and Ryne Stanek) with the fourth pick in June.

Big worry: Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both healthy entering camp for the first time since 2010. An injury to either would trigger Here We Go Again Syndrome.