ALBERT PUJOLS, ANGELS
He had career lows in batting average, OBP and slugging last year, but concerns over a decline were put to rest after a typically Pujolsian second half (.960 OPS) and otherworldly postseason. The new Angel is still the best hitter in the game and a Gold Glove first baseman.
JERED WEAVER, ANGELS
The Angels' ace keeps getting better: The 29-year-old's ERA and WHIP have improved each of the last four seasons. After he won a career-high 18 games in 2011, the only question entering this season is whether the departure of personal catcher Jeff Mathis will affect him.
JOSH HAMILTON, RANGERS
A year after his 2010 MVP season, Hamilton broke his arm on a headfirst slide and played through a sports hernia. He still fueled Texas's scorching second half, with 17 home runs over the last three months. Texas needs another big year from the Natural before he tests free agency.
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