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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa awaits his turn to bat during the first full-squad workouts at the Astros spring training in Kissimmee, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

2016 Previews: The American League West in a nutshell

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2016 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West.

The Astros are poised to rule the West for years, right? Well, not if the Rangers — who, Astros-hype aside, won the division last year — have anything to say about it. The A’s, Mariners and Angels are all flawed teams, but if recent history in this division is any guide, anything is possible.

Here are our previews of the A.L. West:

Houston Astros Preview
Texas Rangers Preview
Los Angeles Angels Preview
Oakland Athletics Preview
Seattle Mariners Preview

2016 Previews: National League Central in a nutshell

Chicago Cubs' Jason Heyward signs autographs before the team's spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2016 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central.

The Cubs won 97 games and signed the biggest free agent of the offseason. The Cards and Pirates, however, won 100 and 98 games last year and, while they didn’t make as big an offseason splash, they didn’t get any worse. The Reds and Brewers will have a front row seat watching those three titans battle it out all year in one of baseball’s most entertaining divisions. Then they’ll have nice seats on their couches once the playoffs start because, hoo-boy, they ain’t makin’ the playoffs.

Here are our team-by-team N.L. Central previews:

Chicago Cubs Preview
Pittsburgh Pirates Preview
St. Louis Cardinals Preview
Milwaukee Brewers Preview
Cincinnati Reds Preview

2016 Previews: The American League Central in a nutshell

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2016 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central.

The Royals Reign all of baseball, but will they still reign in their own division? The Indians are going to test those theories about pitching winning championships. Can the Twins be this year’s Astros or Cubs? Do the Tigers have anything left in the tank? How will the White Sox ever recover from the loss of their leader, Drake LaRoche?

These questions and more are answered in our 2016 AL Central previews:

Kansas City Royals Preview
Cleveland Indians Preview
Minnesota Twins Preview
Detroit Tigers Preview
Chicago White Sox Preview