1. Phillies - They are the defending champs and with the addition of Raul Ibanez, I like the strikeout rate as a team to go down. The rotation is pretty much unchanged with a 5th starter still up for grabs.
2. Yankees - I dislike the Yankees as much as the next guy who dislikes the Yankees, but how can you not have them 1 or 2. With the all the money they spend they are easily the best team "on paper". But that is on paper, we will have to see how the team chemistry comes into play.
3. Red Sox - The core of this team: Ortiz, Lowell, Pedroia, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Papelbon, has been together for about 3-4 years now so there is no doubt the chemistry is there. With Jason Bay there for a whole year I like to see how he progresses with the team. Also their rotation looks solid with addition of Brad Penny and John Smoltz.
4. Rays - This team is solid. I don't see them getting past the Yankees and the Red Sox again, but I have no doubt they will give them a run for their money. Now they have a solid DH in Pat the Bat with the core of their youngsters still around. I like to see how B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria play after their awesome playoffs.
5. Mets - Even after their second collapse in two years I like them to finally make the playoffs as a wildcard. Their only problem last year was their bullpen and ability to close out games, but with the addition of K-Rod and J.J. Putz there is no doubt that won't be their problem again. Also they have the chemistry with Delgado, Wright, Beltran, and Reyes together again.
6. Cubs - Every year for Cubs fans is a disappointment unless they win a World Series. Odds are this year will be the same but they sure will look good doing it again. With all of their offense coming back, less DeRosa, and the addition of Milton Bradley they sure will put up alot of runs. They will easily win the Central.
7. Angels - I really like the addition of Bobby Abreu for the Angels. With him in front of Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero, it will give them a chance to bat alot of runs in. Also one of the best outfields in the MLB. I also love their pitching depth - starting and bullpen. They were really able to plug their holes well with the losses of K-Rod and Teixiera.
8. Indians - Everyone is on the Indians this year and I'm going to have to agree. I have always liked their lineup with Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and Grady Sizemore. Also Mark DeRosa was one of my favorite breakout players from last year with the Cubs. Their pitching also looks solid with the reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and 2007 breakout Carmona who was hurt most of last year and the additions of Kerry Wood and Carl Pavano.
9. Dodgers - Manny will be back. There is no way in the world he will sign anywhere else. So I like this team to win the West with most of their lineup coming back. I also think their pitching rotation is very solid with Chad Billingsley as the ace and Kuroda and Kershaw having a chance to really breakout.
10. Diamondbacks - This team should have easily won the West last year. I think it will be very close this year between them and the Dodgers. I like every position player on this team. Watch Mark Reynolds and Chris Young try to bring their strikeout rates down and batting averages up. Watch out for Max Scherzer.