MINNESOTA TWINS- After a 6 season drought, the Twins won the division last season with an 86-76 record. While having a mostly young core, the Twins star two pitchers: 4 time Cy Young Award winner Philip Ransom and 8 time All Star Luis Polanco. With many prospects still on the shelf, Minnesota is set to win now and for a long time.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES- Coming off 3 straight seasons in the cellar of the AL East, the former undisputed kings of the league with 8 world championships are looking for a new owner to restore their former glory. Led by sluggers Chuck Carasone, Stephen Springer, and Ben Hubbell, the organization is full of burgeoning prospects almost ready to join the big league club. With the right owner guiding them, this team could once again be the class of the Majors very soon.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES- A very young team with many prospects, the Phillies are looking to finally break their 11 season playoff drought this year. This is a team on the rise and could easily challenge for the NL East crown with a few good moves. Still a lot to do with this team, but it has lots of potential.
COLORADO ROCKIES- Playing in Coors Field is both the most exciting and most frustrating thing to do in Hardball. There's a lot of work to do with this team, but with the right combination of great pitchers and decent hitters, the Rockies can become an unstoppable force. This is definitely a team for an owner who wants to try something new and build a different kind of team.