Manager: Joe Maddon remains the face of baseball's most cohesive management team, from the owner down through the baseball operations department.

Key reinforcements: OF Wil Myers, 1B James Loney, 2B Kelly Johnson, SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Roberto Hernandez, RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Gone, not forgotten: RHP James Shields, OF B.J. Upton, RHP Wade Davis, IF Jeff Keppinger, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Burke Badenhop, SS Elliot Johnson.

Big fun: Myers, a consistent run producer in the minors, is expected to become a cornerstone bat alongside Longoria.

Big worry: Intangibles are easily overrated, but Shields' leadership was a huge plus for Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey. Price should be fine without him, but lesser pitchers will miss Shields' big-brother presence.

Blue Jays

Last year: 73-89. Jose Bautista's season was severely affected by a wrist injury that required surgery after the season, and a young pitching staff collapsed.

Manager: John Gibbons, returning for a second stint after spending 2012 managing in the Texas League, will be tested by huge expectations after major additions over the offseason, including National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and three proven parts from Miami.

Key reinforcements: Dickey, SS Jose Reyes, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Josh Johnson, OF Melky Cabrera, IF Maicer Izturis, IF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, IF-OF Mark DeRosa, C Josh Thole, RHP Esmil Rogers.

Gone, not forgotten: RHP Carlos Villanueva, RHP Jason Frasor, IF Omar Vizquel, C Travis d'Arnaud, RHP Noah Syndergaard.

Big fun: Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are preparing for a huge season after the addition of on-base guys and speed to the lineup.

Big worry: The one unknown on the roster is closer, but Casey Janssen was 22-for-25 in save situations last year and Sergio Santos reports he has recovered from shoulder surgery.

Red Sox

Last year: 69-93 as Bobby Valentine was one-and-done as manager of a sinking ship, with injuries and clubhouse discord giving him little chance to match ownership's unrealistic expectations.

Manager: John Farrell's decision to leave Toronto with one season left on his contract might have played a subtle role in influencing the Blue Jays to go for it when player acquisition opportunities presented themselves. He's not returning to the same strong franchise for which he worked as Terry Francona's pitching coach.

Key reinforcements: OF Shane Victorino, 1B-C Mike Napoli, C David Ross, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Joel Hanrahan, RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Koji Uehara.

Gone, not forgotten: OF Cody Ross, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 1B James Loney, OF Ryan Sweeney.

Big fun: There is no better place to watch a spring training game than Jet Blue Field, with its stunningly accurate replication of Fenway Park.

Big worry: Were Francona and Valentine really the problem? Or is the organization on a downward cycle after a long run?