Keep an eye on: 3B Mark Teixeira. Generally rated as the top minor-league prospect, the switch-hitting slugger could put up totals in Arizona that allow him to skip a stay at Triple-A Oklahoma City. His fielding is questionable.
New York Yankees
Last year: 103-58, 1st; lost to Anaheim in first round.
Manager: Joe Torre.
Key additions: LF Hideki Matsui, DH Todd Zeile, RHP Jose Contreras, RHP Antonio Osuna.
Key losses: LHP Mike Stanton, RHP Ramiro Mendoza.
Other moves: Added LHP Chris Hammond, C Chris Widger, C John Flaherty; lost RHP Orlando Hernandez, OF Shane Spencer, IF Ron Coomer, OF John Vander Wal.
Big question: Who will be the odd man out in the starting rotation, Jeff Weaver or Contreras?
Keep an eye on: Matsui and Contreras. With two major international additions, Legends Field will be nuttier than usual.
Boston Red Sox
Last year: 93-69, 2nd.
Manager: Grady Little.
Key additions: RHP Ramiro Mendoza, 2B Todd Walker, 1B David Ortiz, DH Jeremy Giambi, LHP Alan Embree.
Key losses: RHP Ugueth Urbina, OF Cliff Floyd, 1B Brian Daubach.
Other moves: Added 3B Bill Mueller, RHP Chad Fox, RHP Mike Timlin, 1B Julio Zuleta, OF Adrian Brown, RHP Ryan Rupe, DH-C Dave Nilsson; lost OF Rickey Henderson, 1B Tony Clark, RHP Dustin Hermanson, 2B Rey Sanchez.
Big question: Will Pedro Martinez's impending free agency turn into a major distraction? Martinez says he'll definitely test the free-agent market if his 2004 option isn't picked up by Opening Day.
Keep an eye on: Unearned runs. New GM Theo Epstein seems willing to sacrifice defense for offense, acquiring one-dimensional players in Giambi, Walker and Ortiz.
Toronto Blue Jays
Last year: 78-84, 3rd.
2003 AMERICAN LEAGUE PREVIEW
No cracks in rock-solid Angels
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