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Window of contention

Is it open, or is it closed? A look at each team's optimal year to contend.

Updated: January 20, 2013, 12:38 PM ET
By Jason Martinez | MLB Depth Charts

Broken WindowGreg Fiume/Getty ImagesIs your team poised to break through in 2013, 2014 or beyond?

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 East Insider

Braves

Marlins

Mets

Phillies

Nationals


National League Central Insider

Cubs

Reds

Brewers

Pirates

Cardinals


National League West Insider

Diamondbacks

Rockies

Dodgers

Padres

Giants


American League East Insider

Orioles

Red Sox

Yankees

Rays

Blue Jays


American League Central Insider

White Sox

Indians

Tigers

Royals

Twins


American League West Insider

Angels

Astros

Athletics

Mariners

Rangers

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