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Window of contention

Is your team poised to break through in 2013, 2014 or beyond? Greg Fiume/Getty Images

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 its optimal year for contention over the next five years. This doesn't mean this is the only year that team will contend, but rather which year should provide it its 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 teams reach their goals.

National League EastInsider

Braves

Marlins

Mets

Phillies

Nationals


National League CentralInsider

Cubs

Reds

Brewers

Pirates

Cardinals


National League WestInsider

Diamondbacks

Rockies

Dodgers

Padres

Giants


American League EastInsider

Orioles

Red Sox

Yankees

Rays

Blue Jays


American League CentralInsider

White Sox

Indians

Tigers

Royals

Twins


American League WestInsider

Angels

Astros

Athletics

Mariners

Rangers