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ROBINSON CANO, YANKEES
He's an offensive force (at least a .300 average and 25 home runs for three straight years) and a Gold Glover at a premium position. His durability (at least 159 games five straight seasons) and youth (29) is huge on an aging team. Don't be surprised if he takes over for Alex Rodriguez in the cleanup spot by season's end.
DAVID PRICE, RAYS
Ignore his 12--13 record last year: The Rays scored two runs or less in 11 of his losses. The lefty increased his strikeout rate and reduced his walks in 2011; once he cuts down on home runs allowed (22 in '11), he'll be one of the game's top five pitchers. At 26, he's just entering his prime.
JOSE BAUTISTA, BLUE JAYS
He proved that his 2010 season was no fluke with one of the greatest offensive seasons ever by a Blue Jay. Though his home run total dropped (he still led the majors), he had a significantly higher batting average (from .260 in '10 to .302) and on-base percentage (.378 to .447).
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