American League hot stove preview: Biggest question for each team

Are Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista done in Toronto? How will the Red Sox replace David Ortiz? Will the Tigers deal Justin Verlander? All those burning questions and more that must be answered this off-season.
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It’s hot stove season—a time for trades, free-agent chases and chances for each team to set itself up for 2017 and beyond, whether they fancy themselves contenders or rebuilders (or alas, can’t yet make up their minds). In our team-by-team roundup, I've chosen to focus on one key question each club faces going forward, offering potential answers where we can, though those teams will have to come up with more concrete solutions over the next few months. Today, we'll take a look at all 15 American League teams; we'll turn our attention to the National League next Monday.

Teams are presented alphabetically by city. Unless otherwise noted, all Wins Above Replacement figures (WAR) are the Baseball-Reference.com version.

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