If you are looking for some early favorites to contend this baseball season, theres a new gold rush, though this time its mainly in Southern California.
The Dodgers payroll of more than $230 million means hefty expectations.
In addition to fielding what not too long ago would have been an All-Star team, the Dodgers new owners went out and gave Zack Greinke $147 million and tossed nearly $80 million more at a rookie Korean pitcher (Hyun-Jin Ryu) and a Cuban prospect (Yasiel Puig) even though neither has played in a major-league game.
Not to be outdone, Angels owner Arte Moreno wrote another enormous check to land free agent Josh Hamilton, just a year after giving a boatload of cash to Albert Pujols.
Despite all that spending in Los Angeles, the Giants and As are the defending champs in the National League and American League West divisions.
The defending champion Giants arent messing with success, bringing back almost the entire crew that helped win a second World Series in three seasons. To repeat, the Giants will need former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum to get back to his Freak-ish ways.
The As and Yoenis Cespedes came out of nowhere last year to win their division on the final day of the season.