2012 MLB: Ranking Every Team's Big Offseason Coup

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2012 MLB: Ranking Every Team's Big Offseason Coup
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Spring training is here, and for MLB fans, that means it's time to consume hours and hours of B-roll capturing players who will spend 2012 in new uniforms, flipping baseballs to coaches and taking swings in batting cages.

Players like Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Gio Gonzalez, C.J. Wilson, Yu Darvish, Jose Reyes and others draw major attention this time of year, because the media needs tape of those guys in their new duds and  their movement makes them newsworthy on more than a pure-talent level.

It's certainly not hard to find the teams who made huge splashes in the Hot Stove season of 2011-12, but it can be more difficult to evaluate the teams who stayed quiet all winter. Some were right not to rock the boat much (like Toronto and San Francisco), while others should have been much more aggressive (Atlanta and Kansas City come to mind).

Teams on the cusp of contention must recognize when they need one more piece and when it's most advisable to hold the line. Rebuilding teams need to be more trigger-happy, but making sure they get sound value in return for those players they sell off is key.

Here is a ranking of each team's winter coup, based on their objectives and what they might realistically have done instead.

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