When most people evaluate offseason moves, they focus mainly on the year ahead. But let's forget about the 2013 season for a second and think about the future.
This week, we're taking a look at every major league team to determine their optimal year for contention over the next five years. This doesn't mean this is the only year that they can contend, but rather which year should provide each them their best chance for a World Series title.
To determine this, we looked at current talent, age of roster, farm system and payroll as well as free agents who figure to be available who could help them reach their goal.
NL West: Thursday, January 17
AL East: Friday, January 18
AL Central: Saturday, January 19
AL West: Sunday, January 20
Window of Contention: Series home
Optimal year of contention: 2015