Predicting the 2013 Opening Day Lineups for Every MLB Team

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

Predicting the 2013 Opening Day Lineups for Every MLB Team

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    For some teams, it is already time to look ahead to the 2013 season. Even the teams that will be playing long into October eventually need to plan for next season.

    While a roster can change a lot over the year, teams hope that their Opening Day lineup is good enough to get them to the postseason.

    There will be many trades and free agent signings before the 2013 MLB Opening Day as teams try to put together their ideal roster.

    The following is guide to what 2013 MLB Opening Day rosters could look like for all 30 teams.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    RF Chris Young

    2B Aaron Hill

    RF Anthony Gose

    1B Paul Goldschmidt

    C   Miguel Montero

    LF Jason Kubel

    3B Ryan Wheeler

    SS Willie Bloomquist

    P   Ian Kennedy

    Justin Upton will be a popular trade candidate this winter and the Arizona Diamondbacks could find a buyer for him in the Toronto Blue Jays. Top prospect Anthony Gose could be the centerpiece of a deal and a big part of the Diamondbacks' future.

Atlanta Braves

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    SS Andrelton Simmons

    LF Martin Prado

    RF Jason Heyward

    1B Freddie Freeman

    CF B.J. Upton

    C   Brian McCann

    2B Dan Uggla

    3B Juan Francisco

    P Tim Hudson

    It will certainly be strange seeing a Atlanta Braves' Opening Day lineup that does not feature Chipper Jones. However, the team will be fine moving forward.

    While Atlanta will not re-sign Michael Bourn, they will go after B.J. Upton who can do a very good job in his place.

Baltimore Orioles

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    RF Nick Markakis

    3B Manny Machado

    SS J.J. Hardy

    CF Adam Jones

    LF Nick Swisher

    C   Matt Wieters

    DH Chris Davis

    1B Mark Reynolds

    2B Brian Roberts

    P Wei-Yin Chen

    After a surprising 2012 season, the Baltimore Orioles will certainly look to improve in 2013. Baltimore has tried to go after big name players in the past and failed (Mark Teixeira) but this time they could find success (h/t Buster Olney of ESPN). Signing Nick Swisher will be a huge move for the Orioles.

Boston Red Sox

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    CF Jacoby Ellsbury

    2B Dustin Pedroia

    1B David Ortiz

    LF Cody Ross

    3B Will Middlebrooks

    DH Ryan Lavarnway

    C   Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    SS Mike Aviles

    RF Bryce Brentz

    P Jon Lester

    After their mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was clear that the Boston Red Sox' direction had changed. The team should make sure that they re-sign Cody Ross this winter and then give some of their talented youngsters, such as Bryce Brentz, a shot at winning starting spots out of spring training.

Chicago Cubs

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    RF David DeJesus

    3B Josh Vitters

    SS Starlin Castro

    1B Anthony Rizzo

    LF Bryan LaHair

    C   Wellington Castillo

    CF Brett Jackson

    2B Darwin Barney

    P   Matt Garza

    There are a lot of young players that could be on the Chicago Cubs roster in 2013 and they are all deserving of a shot to show what they can do as the Cubs rebuild.

    The biggest move that Theo Epstein will make this offseason will be finding a way to finally get rid of Alfonso Soriano and his bloated contract.

Chicago White Sox

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    CF Alejandro De Aza

    2B Gordon Beckham

    DH Adam Dunn

    1B Paul Konerko

    RF Alex Rios

    C   AJ Pierzynski

    LF Dayan Vicideo

    SS Alexi Ramirez

    3B Placido Polanco

    P Chris Sale

    The Chicago White Sox's likely will not undergo any major changes during the 2013 season. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the White Sox will not pick up Kevin Youkilis' 2013 option. They still need someone to replace him and Placido Polanco would be a great fit.

Cincinnati Reds

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    SS Zack Cozart

    CF Drew Stubbs

    1B Joey Votto

    2B Brandon Phillips

    RF Jay Bruce

    LF Ryan Ludwick

    3B Todd Fraizer

    C   Devin Mesoraco

    P  Johnny Cueto

    The Cincinnati Reds are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the National League Central once again in 2013. Ryan Ludwick has proven this year that he can be a big power bat and the Reds will likely pick up his option for 2013.

Cleveland Indians

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    2B Jason Kipnis

    SS Asdrubal Cabrera

    RF Shin-Soo Choo

    C  Carlos Santana

    3B Lonnie Chisenhall

    CF Michael Brantley

    LF Alfonso Soriano

    1B Casey Kotchman

    DH Juan Pierre

    P   Justin Masterson

    Big changes could be coming for the Cleveland Indians this offseason. Cleveland could acquire Alfonso Soriano—with the Cubs paying a large portion of his contract. This would make sense because it would allow the Indians to take a risk without giving up a major prospect or paying much of Soriano's deal.

    Signing Juan Pierre to DH or play the fourth outfielder position would be a shrewd move for the Indians to make.

Colorado Rockies

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    CF Dexter Fowler

    2B Josh Rutledge

    RF Carlos Gonzalez

    SS Troy Tulowitzki

    1B Todd Helton

    C  Wilin Rosario

    3B Nolan Arenado

    RF Tim Wheeler

    P Brandon McCarthy

    Josh Rutledge's success in the big leagues will help fill a big hole for the Colorado Rockies in 2013. He is expected to play some second base in September when Troy Tulowitzki returns from injury (h/t Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post).

    Nolan Arenado is a talented prospect and he can win the starting third base job out of spring training.

Detroit Tigers

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    CF Austin Jackson

    LF Andy Dirks

    3B Miguel Cabrera

    1B Prince Fielder

    DH Victor Martinez

    C   Alex Avila

    SS Jhonny Peralta

    2B Omar Infante

    RF Quintin Berry

    P   Justin Verlander

    The Detroit Tigers should be favorites in the American League Central with the lineup that they will run out there every day. They have two of the top players in baseball in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and that certainly makes a big difference.

Houston Astros

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    2B Jose Altuve

    SS Jed Lowrie

    CF Fernando Martinez

    LF JD Martinez

    1B Brett Wallace

    C   Jason Castro

    RF Brian Bogusevic

    3B Matt Dominguez

    DH Mike Hessman

    P  Lucas Harrell

    The 2013 season will be another long one for the Houston Astros. They will try to give chances to a number of young players so they can see who they want to stick with moving forward.

Kansas City Royals

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    CF Lorenzo Cain

    SS Alcides Escobar

    LF Alex Gordon

    DH Billy Butler

    RF Wil Myers

    3B Mike Moustakas

    1B Eric Hosmer

    C  Salvador Perez

    2B Johnny Giavotella

    P Ryan Dempster

    It seems like 2013 could finally be the season that the Kansas City Royals contend for a playoff spot. The team should finally free Wil Myers and give him a chance to show off his powers in the big leagues.

Los Angeles Angels

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    CF Mike Trout

    2B Howie Kendrick

    1B Albert Pujols

    DH Kendrys Morales

    LF Mark Trumbo

    SS Erick Aybar

    C  Hank Conger

    3B Albert Callaspo

    RF Ichiro Suzuki

    P Jered Weaver

    Ichiro Suzuki played almost all of his career on the West Coast and he may go back there in the twilight of his career. The Los Angeles Angels already have a stellar lineup but adding Ichiro Suzuki could push them to the next level.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    SS Dee Gordon

    LF Carl Crawford

    CF Matt Kemp

    1B Adrian Gonzalez

    3B Hanley Ramirez

    RF Andre Ethier

    2B Nick Punto

    C   Tim Federowicz

    P   Clayton Kershaw

    The Los Angeles Dodgers underwent a drastic overhaul this season and their roster looks scary good. Carl Crawford could be ready to play on Opening Day in 2013 and if he can be the player that he once was then the Dodgers have to be the World Series favorites (h/t Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated).

Miami Marlins

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    SS Jose Reyes

    2B Emilio Bonifacio

    RF Giancarlo Stanton

    1B Carlos Lee

    LF Logan Morrison

    CF Justin Ruggiano

    C   John Buck

    3B Kevin Youkilis

    P   Josh Johnson

    When the Miami Marlins opened their checkbooks during the 2012 offseason, things did not go according to plan. The Marlins could go after a player like Kevin Youkilis, who could be a great presence in the clubhouse as well as a producer on the field.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    RF Norichika Aoki

    2B Rickie Weeks

    LF Ryan Braun

    3B Aramis Ramirez

    1B Corey Hart

    C   Jonathan Lucroy

    CF Carlos Gomez

    SS Jean Segura

    P   Yovani Gallardo

    When the Milwaukee Brewers plan for the offseason, their main focus will likely be their pitching. Following their acquisition of Jean Segura in the Zack Greinke deal, the Brewers lineup for 2013 is likely set.

Minnesota Twins

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    RF Ben Revere

    C   Joe Mauer

    DH Ryan Doumit

    1B Justin Morneau

    CF Oswaldo Arcia

    LF Josh Willingham

    3B Scott Rolen

    2B Alexi Casilla

    SS Jamey Carroll

    P Carl Pavano

    The Minnesota Twins will be looking for a way to contend in 2013, but it will not be easy for them. They could showcase some of their veterans early in the year and then trade them to give some of their younger players a chance.

New York Mets

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    SS Ruben Tejada

    2B Daniel Murphy

    3B David Wright

    1B Ike Davis

    RF Torii Hunter

    CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

    LF Jason Bay

    C   Kelly Shoppach

    P   R.A. Dickey

    Following the disaster that was the New York Mets 2012 season, they will try to undergo some changes. The core is there for the Mets, but they will need to spend some money on an outfielder to improve their lineup.

    Torii Hunter getting towards the end of his career and he could be a short-term solution until some of the Mets' minor leaguers are ready.

New York Yankees

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    LF Brett Gardner

    SS Derek Jeter

    RF Shane Victorino

    CF Curtis Granderson

    2B Robinson Cano

    1B Mark Teixeira

    3B Alex Rodriguez

    C   Francisco Cervelli

    DH Brandon Laird

    P   C.C. Sabathia

    The one area that the New York Yankees will have to improve in 2013 is their outfield. Shane Victorino would be an outstanding replacement for Nick Swisher in the Yankees' lineup and keep them atop the American League East.

    Victorino would slot into the number three spot to provide a nice mix of power and speed. Robinson Cano would slide to fifth and would possibly become an even bigger run producer.

Oakland Athletics

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    CF Coco Crisp

    SS Stephen Drew

    RF Josh Reddick

    LF Yoenis Cespedes

    1B Chris Carter

    DH Brandon Moss

    C   Derek Norris

    3B Josh Donaldson

    2B Jemile Weeks

    P Brett Anderson

    The Oakland Athletics will have a big decision to make this offseason when it comes to Stephen Drew. It would not be that shocking to see the Athletics take a risk and pick up his option.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    SS Jimmy Rollins

    RF Domonic Brown

    2B Chase Utley

    1B Ryan Howard

    CF John Mayberry Jr.

    C  Carlos Ruiz

    3B Kevin Fransden

    LF Darin Ruf

    P  Roy Halladay

    Even though they already have a massive payroll, the Philadelphia Phillies could be players this offseason. They may decide to let Placido Polanco go and let Kevin Fransden replace him. While this may not look like an outstanding offensive team, it will be the starting rotation that the Phillies will be relying on in 2013.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    LF Starling Marte

    RF Travis Snider

    CF Andrew McCutchen

    1B Garrett Jones

    2B Neil Walker

    3B Pedro Alvarez

    SS Clint Barmes

    C   Michael McKenry

    P   James McDonald

    Without many shortstops available on the market this winter, the Pittsburgh Pirates may be stuck with Clint Barmes. They will likely spend their money on building a strong bench and pitching.

San Diego Padres

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    SS Everth Cabrera

    RF Will Venable

    3B Chase Headley

    LF Carlos Quentin

    C  Yasmani Grandal

    1B Yonder Alonso

    CF Cameron Maybin

    2B Jedd Gyorko

    P Edinson Volquez

    Chase Headley could be a very popular name this winter as teams are looking to improve at third base, but the San Diego Padres would be wise to hold on to him unless someone is willing to overpay.

San Francisco Giants

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    CF Angel Pagan

    2B Marco Scutaro

    3B Pablo Sandoval

    C   Buster Posey

    RF Hunter Pence

    1B Brandon Belt

    LF Michael Bourn

    SS Brandon Crawford

    P Matt Cain

    The San Francisco Giants are going to have to do something this offseason to match the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first step would be reuniting Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn. Secondly, the Giants should look to retain Marco Scutaro to play second base for them.

Seattle Mariners

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    2B Dustin Ackley

    LF Trayvon Robinson

    3B Kyle Seager

    C   Jesus Montero

    RF Eric Thames

    CF Michael Saunders

    1B Justin Smoak

    DH Alex Liddi

    SS Munenori Kawasaki

    P  Felix Hernandez

    The Seattle Mariners would like to add some cost-controlled players to their roster, but that likely will not happen this offseason. The Mariners could look to make a big trade during the 2013 season.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    CF John Jay

    RF Carlos Beltran

    LF Matt Holliday

    1B Allen Craig

    3B David Freese

    C  Yadier Molina

    2B Kolten Wong

    SS Rafael Furcal

    P   Jamie Garcia

    With Lance Berkman leaning towards retirement, the St. Louis Cardinals will need to decide between Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams at first base (h/t Quinn Roberts of The team could turn to former top draft pick Kolten Wong to play second. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    LF Desmond Jennings

    CF Denard Span

    RF Matt Joyce

    3B Evan Longoria

    2B Ben Zobrist

    1B James Loney

    DH Carlos Pena

    C  Russell Martin

    SS Hak-Ju Lee

    P  David Price

    With all of the struggles that the Tampa Bay Rays have had at shortstop this season, they may try to give top prospect Hak-Ju Lee a shot at playing the position. The big move that the Rays make this winter will be signing James Loney.

    Tampa Bay has a number of pitching prospects and they could deal one to the Minnesota Twins to bring in Denard Span to replace B.J. Upton.

Texas Rangers

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    2B Ian Kinsler

    SS Elvis Andrus

    CF Josh Hamilton

    3B Adrian Beltre

    RF Nelson Cruz

    1B Mitch Moreland

    C Mike Napoli

    LF Mike Olt

    DH Jurickson Profar

    P  Yu Darvish

    Figuring out the Texas Rangers' Opening Day lineup is going to be an incredibly difficult feat for Ron Washington. The Rangers have more players than they have spots in their lineup.

    Texas will do everything they can to retain Josh Hamilton this offseason and it should be enough to keep him in the Lone Star State.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    LF Rajai Davis

    CF Colby Rasmus

    DH Jose Bautista

    1B Edwin Encarnacion

    3B Brett Lawrie

    RF Justin Upton

    2B Kelly Johnson

    C   J.P Arencibia

    SS Adeiny Hechavarria

    P Brandon Morrow

    The Toronto Blue Jays want to make a big splash so that they can climb up the American League East standings in 2013 and they can do just that by trading for Justin Upton. He could cost them a package that includes Anthony Gose and Yunel Escobar.

    Buster Olney of ESPN (Insider required) had previously mentioned that the Blue Jays are a possible destination for Upton.

Washington Nationals

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    SS Ian Desmond

    CF Bryce Harper

    3B Ryan Zimmerman

    1B Adam LaRoche

    LF Mike Morse

    RF Jayson Werth

    SS Danny Espinosa

    C   Jesus Flores

    P   Stephen Strasburg

    The Washington Nationals are in a position where they do not need to make any big moves in the offseason. They are one of the best teams in the majors and they have a very bright future ahead of them.