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I know with March Madness underway your minds are probably elsewhere, but we’ll continue with the season preview anyway. Today we look at the three clubs in the American League that I feel will have pretty good seasons, but not make the playoffs.

Toronto Blue Jays
2007 Record: 83-79
Manager: John Gibbons

Key Additions:
Marco Scutaro, 2B
David Eckstein, SS
Scott Rolen, 3B

Key Losses:
Troy Glaus,  3B

The Blue Jays have maybe the best two starters in the American League in Roy Halladay and AJ Burnett. They also will have a better bullpen if BJ Ryan comes back from his injury healthy. Adding scrappy veterans in Eckstein and Rolen will only help the offense that already includes Frank Thomas, Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. If the Yankees or Red Sox have a bad season the Blue Jays could squeak into the playoffs. A good team that could be very good if everyone stays healthy.

Seattle Mariners
2007 Record: 88-74
Manager: John McLaren

Key Additions:
Carlos Silva, SP
Miguel Cairo, 2B

Key Losses:
Jose Guillen, RF
Ben Broussard, 1B

The Mariners appeared to have a chance at competing with the Angels last season, but a late season slump took them out of the playoff hunt. Losing Guillen and Broussard will definitely hurt, but maybe not as much as people think it will. While the starting rotation can be suspect the bullpen, and especially closer JJ Putz, is one of the best in the AL. It looks like the Mariners will once again be on the outside looking in during the playoffs.

New York Yankees
2007 Record: 94-68
Manager: Joe Girardi

Key Additions:
LaTroy Hawkins, RP

Key Losses:
Luis Vizcaino, RP
Roger Clemens, SP

While the faces on the field will be familiar to fans in the Bronx, the Yankees will have new ones sitting on the bench in the dugout. It will be interesting to see how new manager Joe Girardi deals with the multiple egos of the future Hall-of Famers that are on this team. If the Yankees falter the blame will be placed on Girardi, and with the Steinbrenner sons running things now the honeymoon may be short. The Yankees are an aging team that needs to begin looking at its young stars like Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain and Philip Hughes.

Other News:
– The Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox have arrived in Tokyo in preparation for their upcoming exhibition and regular season series at the Tokyo Dome. The teams will play two exhibition games on March 22nd and 23rd, and then kick-off the 2008 regular season on March 25th.

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