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MLB Power Rankings: Where Do All 30 Teams Stand After Free Agency Peak?

Joel ReuterFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2016

MLB Power Rankings: Where Do All 30 Teams Stand After Free Agency Peak?

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    The dust has settled on the signing of Josh Hamilton and the R.A. Dickey trade, but a number of key moves have been made since that will have a big impact on the upcoming MLB season as well.

    As we approach the holiday season, the peak of free agency is now behind us. While there are still a handful of impact free agents and trade targets, a big chunk of the offseason action has already taken place.

    So taking into account each team's current roster as is, here is a look at how I would rank all 30 teams as we head into the end of December.

     

    *Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com.

30. Houston Astros (Previous: 30)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Astros filled their biggest offseason need when they signed Carlos Pena to fill the new DH role that comes with their move to the American League.

    Phil Humber and Alex White were brought aboard to bolster the starting rotation, but the team could still look to add a low-cost veteran arm to provide some rotational depth.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    2B Jose Altuve
    SS Jed Lowrie
    1B Brett Wallace
    DH Carlos Pena
    CF Justin Maxwell
    RF Fernando Martinez
    C Jason Castro
    LF J.D. Martinez
    3B Matt Dominguez

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Lucas Harrell
    SP Bud Norris
    SP Phil Humber
    SP Jordan Lyles
    SP Alex White
    CP Hector Ambriz

29. Miami Marlins (Previous: 29)

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    Offseason Overview

    Following their blockbuster fire-sale trade with the Blue Jays, the Marlins' 2013 outlook changed significantly as they are now headed for what appears to be a lengthy rebuild.

    Veteran stop-gap options Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco were brought aboard to make things a little more bearable for the season ahead, but the team's outlook this coming season is not bright.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    LF Juan Pierre
    3B Placido Polanco

    1B Logan Morrison
    RF Giancarlo Stanton
    CF Justin Ruggiano
    C Rob Brantly
    2B Donovan Solano
    SS Adeiny Hechavarria
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Henderson Alvarez
    SP Wade LeBlanc
    SP Nathan Eovaldi
    SP Jacob Turner
    CP Steve Cishek

28. Minnesota Twins (Previous: 28)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Twins offseason has been highlighted by the trades of outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere, as they've netted a trio of pitchers who should make a solid impact on the future.

    Vance Worley was acquired along with top prospect Trevor May for Revere, and Span netted them another marquee prospect in big right-hander Alex Meyer. Kevin Correia was also signed to help the rotation in the short term.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Darin Mastroianni
    2B Jamey Carroll
    C Joe Mauer
    LF Josh Willingham
    1B Justin Morneau
    DH Ryan Doumit
    RF Chris Parmelee
    3B Trevor Plouffe
    SS Pedro Florimon Jr.

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Vance Worley
    SP Scott Diamond
    SP Kevin Correia
    SP Liam Hendriks
    SP Brian Duensing
    CP Glen Perkins

27. Colorado Rockies (Previous: 26)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Rockies still have one of the best offenses in all of baseball, and it'll only get better with the return of Troy Tulowitzki, but the pitching staff remains a significant concern.

    Jeff Francis was re-signed, but other than that, the team has done nothing to improve what was statistically the worst starting rotation in baseball last season, and it will be that pitching that holds them back in 2013.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Dexter Fowler
    2B Josh Rutledge
    LF Carlos Gonzalez
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    RF Michael Cuddyer
    1B Todd Helton
    C Wilin Rosario
    3B Chris Nelson
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Jorge De La Rosa
    SP Jhoulys Chacin
    SP Drew Pomeranz
    SP Juan Nicasio
    SP Jeff Francis
    CP Rafael Betancourt

26. Chicago Cubs (Previous: 27)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Cubs are still a team rebuilding, but they've taken steps to make the team more competitive for the coming season. They added a significant amount of pitching depth in Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Carlos Villanueva and Scott Baker.

    With the Astros gone, they're still likely to finish last in the NL Central. Still, Theo Epstein and Co. have stuck to the plan of building from the ground up, and they've made the team better in the short term in the process.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF David DeJesus
    RF Nate Schierholtz
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    LF Alfonso Soriano
    SS Starlin Castro
    3B Ian Stewart
    C Welington Castillo
    2B Darwin Barney
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Matt Garza
    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Edwin Jackson
    SP Scott Feldman
    SP Carlos Villanueva

    CP Carlos Marmol

25. Cleveland Indians (Previous: 25)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Indians trade of Shin-Soo Choo not only netted them one of the top pitching prospects in the game in Trevor Bauer, but they also acquired speedy center fielder Drew Stubbs.

    Mark Reynolds was added in free agency, and Chris McGuiness was taken in the Rule 5 draft, so that should give the team a boost from a power standpoint. However, they are still headed for a rebuilding period, and more trades of veteran players could be on the way.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    RF Ezequiel Carrera
    2B Jason Kipnis
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    C Carlos Santana
    LF Michael Brantley
    1B Mark Reynolds
    3B Lonnie Chisenhall
    CF Drew Stubbs
    DH Chris McGuiness

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Ubaldo Jimenez
    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Zach McAllister
    SP Carlos Carrasco
    SP Trevor Bauer
    CP Chris Perez

24. New York Mets (Previous: 23)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Mets took a hit in the short term when they dealt reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, but they landed a pair of frontline prospects in the process that should better the team in the long term.

    Travis d'Arnaud should emerge as the franchise catcher, while starter Noah Syndergaard has a bright future in the low minors. They also traded for 26-year-old outfielder Collin Cowgill, who has solid power/speed potential and should get a chance at regular at-bats.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SS Ruben Tejada
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B David Wright
    1B Ike Davis
    LF Lucas Duda
    RF Collin Cowgill
    CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
    C John Buck

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Johan Santana
    SP Jon Niese
    SP Dillon Gee
    SP Matt Harvey
    SP Jenrry Mejia
    CP Frank Francisco

23. San Diego Padres (Previous: 22)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Padres have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, and while they've added a pair of arms in Jason Marquis and Tyson Ross, they could certainly benefit from bringing aboard another reliable starter.

    The team should begin to reap the benefits of a deep minor league system, and they are set up for long-term success in the near future. That said, 2013 may not be a great one for the Padres.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SS Everth Cabrera
    2B Logan Forsythe
    3B Chase Headley
    LF Carlos Quentin
    1B Yonder Alonso
    RF Will Venable
    CF Cameron Maybin
    C Nick Hundley (Yasmani Grandal suspended first 50 games)
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Clayton Richard
    SP Jason Marquis
    SP Eric Stults
    SP Tyson Ross
    CP Huston Street

22. Seattle Mariners (Previous: 24)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Mariners finally added some pop to their offense when they traded starter Jason Vargas to the Angels for 1B/DH Kendrys Morales.

    Aside from that, they've signed Jason Bay to a low-cost deal hoping he can regain his form. In the end, though, it's their pitching that will carry the team this coming season, and they should get a boost from a fantastic minor league system in the very near future.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    2B Dustin Ackley
    CF Franklin Gutierrez
    3B Kyle Seager
    1B Kendrys Morales
    DH Jesus Montero
    C John Jaso
    LF Jason Bay
    RF Michael Saunders
    SS Brendan Ryan

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Hisashi Iwakuma 
    SP Erasmo Ramirez
    SP Blake Beavan
    SP Hector Noesi
    CP Tom Wilhelmsen

21. Chicago White Sox (Previous: 21)

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    Offseason Overview

    The White Sox's big move of the offseason came early on. They declined their option on right-hander Jake Peavy before re-signing him to a two-year deal.

    They also added Jeff Keppinger to play third base, but aside from that, they return essentially the same team as last season. If things break right like they did last season, they have a chance to contend, but a lot went right last year.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Alejandro De Aza
    3B Jeff Keppinger
    DH Adam Dunn
    1B Paul Konerko
    RF Alex Rios
    LF Dayan Viciedo
    SS Alexei Ramirez
    C Tyler Flowers
    2B Gordon Beckham

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Chris Sale
    SP Jake Peavy
    SP John Danks
    SP Gavin Floyd
    SP Jose Quintana
    CP Addison Reed

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous: 20)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Pirates have reportedly agreed to a deal with free-agent pitcher Francisco Liriano. The former Twin's deal is reportedly for two years and $14 million.

    Adding Liriano will certainly bolster the team's rotation, as pairing him with A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez gives the Bucs a reliable trio atop their rotation.

    The Pirates' other significant move of the offseason was signing Russell Martin away from the Yankees on a two-year, $17 million deal.

    He will not only provide some pop from the catcher's spot that was occupied by Rod Barajas last season, but he'll also be counted on to handle a young Pirates staff as the Pirates look to once again make a run at the NL Central title.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    LF Starling Marte
    2B Neil Walker
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    1B Garrett Jones
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    C Russell Martin
    RF Travis Snider
    SS Clint Barmes
    Pitcher 

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP A.J. Burnett
    SP Wandy Rodriguez
    SP James McDonald
    SP Jeff Locke
    SP Francisco Liriano
    CP Joel Hanrahan

19. Milwaukee Brewers (Previous: 19)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Brewers have been as quiet as anyone this offseason, with the addition of relievers Tom Gorzelanny and Burke Badenhop their only significant moves.

    They could still look to add more relief pitching and perhaps even another veteran starter to follow Yovani Gallardo in the rotation. They'll be counting on what was the NL's highest scoring offense to carry the load once again.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    RF Norichika Aoki
    2B Rickie Weeks
    LF Ryan Braun
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    1B Corey Hart
    C Jonathan Lucroy
    CF Carlos Gomez
    SS Jean Segura
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Yovani Gallardo
    SP Marco Estrada
    SP Michael Fiers
    SP Chris Narveson
    SP Mark Rogers
    CP John Axford

18. Kansas City Royals (Previous: 17)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Royals completely revamped their starting rotation this offseason. They pulled off a pair of trades to land James Shields and Wade Davis from the Rays and Ervin Santana from the Angels. They also re-signed Jeremy Guthrie after his strong performance down the stretch last season.

    The trade with the Rays cost them top prospect Wil Myers, and time will tell if it was in fact worth it, but they are in a position to legitimately contend for a postseason spot for the first time in years.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Lorenzo Cain
    SS Alcides Escobar
    LF Alex Gordon
    DH Billy Butler
    3B Mike Moustakas
    C Salvador Perez
    1B Eric Hosmer
    RF Jeff Francoeur
    2B Chris Getz

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP James Shields
    SP Jeremy Guthrie
    SP Ervin Santana 
    SP Wade Davis

    SP Bruce Chen
    CP Greg Holland

17. Philadelphia Phillies (Previous: 15)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Phillies used a pair of trades to land a long-term center fielder in Ben Revere and a stop-gap veteran third baseman in Michael Young.

    The team also signed non-tendered Nationals starter John Lannan to fill the traded Vance Worley's rotation spot. Their success in 2013 will hinge on whether their aging core of superstars can stay healthy and produce at a high level.

    They simply don't have the complementary pieces to deal with injuries or ineffectiveness.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SS Jimmy Rollins
    CF Ben Revere
    2B Chase Utley
    1B Ryan Howard
    3B Michael Young
    RF Domonic Brown
    LF John Mayberry Jr.
    C Erik Kratz (Carlos Ruiz suspended first 25 games)
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Roy Halladay
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Kyle Kendrick
    SP John Lannan
    CP Jonathan Papelbon

16. Boston Red Sox (Previous: 18)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Red Sox added to their winter meetings haul of Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli* with the recent signings of Ryan Dempster and Stephen Drew.

    Despite all the signings they've made, the team has managed to avoid getting locked into any long-term deals. As they begin to rebuild the nucleus of their team, they have still managed to put themselves in a position for short-term success as well.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    RF Shane Victorino
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David Ortiz
    1B Mike Napoli*
    3B Will Middlebrooks
    SS Stephen Drew
    LF Jonny Gomes
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Jon Lester
    SP Ryan Dempster
    SP Clay Buchholz
    SP Felix Doubront
    SP John Lackey
    CP Andrew Bailey

    *According to Yahoo! Sports, Mike Napoli and the Red Sox are still finalizing his contract after he reportedly failed his physical.

15. Texas Rangers (Previous: 16)

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    Offseason Overview

    It wasn't Zack Greinke or Josh Hamilton, but the Rangers finally made a significant offseason addition with the signing of A.J. Pierzynski to replace Mike Napoli as catcher.

    Despite their losses, the Rangers still have a solid offense that should only be better once Jurickson Profar inevitably moves into an everyday role. On the other side of things, their pitching should be solid provided everyone stays healthy.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    2B Ian Kinsler
    SS Elvis Andrus
    LF David Murphy
    3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Nelson Cruz
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    DH Mike Olt
    1B Mitch Moreland
    CF Leonys Martin

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Derek Holland
    SP Matt Harrison
    SP Alexi Ogando
    SP Martin Perez
    CP Joe Nathan

14. New York Yankees (Previous: 14)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Yankees appear ready to open the season with prospect Austin Romine and veteran backup Chris Stewart manning the catching position, meaning that DH is the only position they need to address before the start of the season.

    In theory, the spot will go to Alex Rodriguez once he returns, so a low-cost veteran in the mold of Raul Ibanez last season (perhaps Raul Ibanez again?) seems like the most logical signing.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    SS Derek Jeter
    2B Robinson Cano
    1B Mark Teixeira
    CF Curtis Granderson
    3B Kevin Youkilis (Alex Rodriguez out until midseason)
    DH Eduardo Nunez 
    LF Brett Gardner
    C Austin Romine

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP CC Sabathia
    SP Hiroki Kuroda 
    SP Andy Pettitte

    SP Phil Hughes
    SP Ivan Nova
    CP Mariano Rivera

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (Previous: 13)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Diamondbacks found their shortstop of the future when they acquired Didi Gregorius from the Reds in a three-team trade that cost them Trevor Bauer.

    For the time being, another trade addition in Cliff Pennington will hold down the shortstop spot, while free-agent signing Brandon McCarthy makes an already deep crop of starting pitchers even better.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Adam Eaton
    2B Aaron Hill
    RF Justin Upton
    C Miguel Montero
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    LF Jason Kubel
    3B Chris Johnson
    SS Cliff Pennington
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Ian Kennedy
    SP Brandon McCarthy
    SP Trevor Cahill
    SP Wade Miley
    SP Tyler Skaggs
    CP J.J. Putz

12. Baltimore Orioles (Previous: 12)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Orioles have stood pat this offseason, with the re-signing of surprise leadoff hitter Nate McLouth marking their only significant offseason move.

    However, they enter the season with a set five in the starting rotation after shuffling arms much of last season before they found the right combination. Their pitching should be stronger as a result, and their offense should also get a boost from a full season of Manny Machado.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    LF Nate McLouth
    SS J.J. Hardy
    RF Nick Markakis
    CF Adam Jones
    C Matt Wieters
    1B Chris Davis
    DH Wilson Betemit
    3B Manny Machado
    2B Brian Roberts

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Jason Hammel
    SP Wei-Yin Chen
    SP Chris Tillman
    SP Miguel Gonzalez
    SP Zach Britton
    CP Jim Johnson

11. Tampa Bay Rays (Previous: 11)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Rays have upgraded what was a weak offense with the additions of Yunel Escobar and Wil Myers via trade and the signing of James Loney as a free agent.

    Myers is the big addition, as he was the Minor League Player of the Year and is capable of making a huge impact if he can adjust quickly to life in the majors. He cost them James Shields, but the staff should still be in good shape with Alex Cobb or Chris Archer ready to step into his spot.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Desmond Jennings
    SS Yunel Escobar
    2B Ben Zobrist
    3B Evan Longoria
    LF Matt Joyce
    RF Wil Myers
    1B James Loney
    DH Ryan Roberts
    C Jose Molina

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP David Price
    SP Jeremy Hellickson
    SP Matt Moore
    SP Jeff Niemann
    SP Alex Cobb
    CP Fernando Rodney

10. Atlanta Braves (Previous: 9)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Braves have made one big signing this offseason in adding B.J. Upton, but they still need to address the retirement of Chipper Jones.

    The likely solution will be shifting Martin Prado in from left field to play third and either signing or trading for a corner outfielder, but to this point, no progress has been made toward filling that hole.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    LF Martin Prado
    CF B.J. Upton
    RF Jason Heyward
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Dan Uggla
    3B Juan Francisco
    SS Andrelton Simmons
    C Gerald Laird (Brian McCann doubtful to start season)
    Pitcher 

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Tim Hudson
    SP Kris Medlen
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Paul Maholm
    SP Randall Delgado
    CP Craig Kimbrel

9. Oakland Athletics (Previous: 10)

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    Offseason Overview

    The A's filled their one major hole, the shortstop position, with the signing of Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima shortly after Stephen Drew signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox.

    Nakajima has hit .310 over the past six seasons with the Seibu Lions, averaging 17 home runs and 16 steals per season. He was signed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Coco Crisp
    DH Seth Smith
    LF Yoenis Cespedes
    1B Brandon Moss
    RF Josh Reddick
    3B Josh Donaldson
    2B Scott Sizemore
    C Derek Norris
    SS Hiroyuki Nakajima

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20) 

    SP Brett Anderson
    SP Jarrod Parker
    SP Tom Milone
    SP A.J. Griffin
    SP Daniel Straily (Bartolo Colon suspended for first five games)
    CP Grant Balfour

8. St. Louis Cardinals (Previous: 8)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Cardinals entered the offseason with no clear needs outside of adding a second left-hander to their bullpen, and they addressed that by signing Randy Choate to a three-year deal.

    They also added utility infielder Ty Wigginton with a 2-year, $5 million contract.

    Losing Kyle Lohse in free agency is a blow, but the trio of Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly will compete for the open rotation spot. All three would be rotation locks for most teams.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SS Rafael Furcal
    1B Allen Craig
    LF Matt Holliday
    RF Carlos Beltran
    C Yadier Molina
    3B David Freese
    CF John Jay
    2B Daniel Descalso
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Chris Carpenter
    SP Jaime Garcia
    SP Jake Westbrook
    SP Lance Lynn
    CP Jason Motte

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (Previous: 7)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Dodgers spent big to land the top arm on the market. They signed Zack Greinke to a six-year, $147 million deal to slot him behind ace Clayton Kershaw in their rotation.

    Trading someone from the group of Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly will likely be the focus of the rest of their offseason. They have an abundance of veteran starters and could look to shed some of their now-massive payroll by moving one of them.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    2B Mark Ellis
    RF Andre Ethier
    CF Matt Kemp
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    3B Luis Cruz
    LF Jerry Hairston Jr. (Carl Crawford questionable to start season)
    C A.J. Ellis 
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Clayton Kershaw
    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Josh Beckett
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP Aaron Harang
    CP Brandon League

6. Cincinnati Reds (Previous: 6)

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    Offseason Overview

    A three-team trade with the Indians and Diamondbacks netted the Reds the leadoff hitter and center fielder they've needed for the past year in Shin-Soo Choo.

    They also brought back Ryan Ludwick and Jonathan Broxton, with the latter now serving as the team's closer with flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman moving to the rotation in what should be as interesting a storyline as any this coming season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Shin-Soo Choo
    2B Brandon Phillips
    1B Joey Votto
    LF Ryan Ludwick
    RF Jay Bruce
    3B Todd Frazier
    C Ryan Hanigan
    SS Zack Cozart
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Johnny Cueto
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Bronson Arroyo
    SP Homer Bailey
    SP Aroldis Chapman
    CP Jonathan Broxton

5. Los Angeles Angels (Previous: 5)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Angels added to their offseason haul in trading Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas. He joins Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton as new additions to the team's rotation.

    They also added Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett to their bullpen, but the big signing was obviously the addition of slugger Josh Hamilton. He gives the Angels as potent an offense as any in the league.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    LF Mike Trout
    SS Erick Aybar
    1B Albert Pujols
    RF Josh Hamilton
    DH Mark Trumbo
    2B Howie Kendrick
    3B Alberto Callaspo
    C Chris Iannetta
    CF Peter Bourjos 

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Jered Weaver
    SP C.J. Wilson
    SP Tommy Hanson 
    SP Jason Vargas
    SP Joe Blanton

    CP Ryan Madson

4. Toronto Blue Jays (Previous: 4)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Blue Jays have had as busy an offseason as anyone. An early trade with the Marlins landed them Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio, and they signed Melky Cabrera shortly thereafter.

    They added to that haul in trading for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, and they have to be counted among the front-runners in the American League with a completely rebuilt roster and no clear holes top to bottom.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    SS Jose Reyes
    LF Melky Cabrera
    RF Jose Bautista
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    CF Colby Rasmus
    3B Brett Lawrie
    DH Adam Lind
    C J.P. Arencibia
    2B Emilio Bonifacio 

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP R.A. Dickey 
    SP Josh Johnson 

    SP Mark Buehrle
    SP Brandon Morrow
    SP Ricky Romero
    CP Casey Janssen

3. Washington Nationals (Previous: 3)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Nationals found their sought-after center fielder when they traded pitching prospect Alex Meyer to the Twins for Denard Span. They also signed Dan Haren to fill Edwin Jackson's spot in the rotation.

    The big question is whether or not they will re-sign first baseman Adam LaRoche, as that would likely trigger a trade of slugger Michael Morse. Aside from that, though, they are as stacked top to bottom as any team in baseball.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Denard Span
    RF Jayson Werth
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    1B Michael Morse
    LF Bryce Harper
    SS Ian Desmond
    2B Danny Espinosa
    C Kurt Suzuki
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    SP Dan Haren
    SP Ross Detwiler
    CP Drew Storen

2. Detroit Tigers (Previous: 2)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Tigers signed Torii Hunter early on in the offseason to bolster an offense that was already set to improve with the return of DH Victor Martinez.

    They then brought back starter Anibal Sanchez on a huge five-year, $80 million deal to fill out their rotation. That left them with as complete a roster as any in the league.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Austin Jackson
    RF Torii Hunter
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    1B Prince Fielder
    DH Victor Martinez
    LF Andy Dirks
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    C Alex Avila
    2B Omar Infante

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Doug Fister
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Rick Porcello
    CP Bruce Rondon

1. San Francisco Giants (Previous: 1)

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    Offseason Overview

    The reigning champs have to be considered the top team in baseball until proven otherwise. They brought back a trio of key contributors from last season's team in re-signing Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Affeldt.

    They also brought back Andres Torres to platoon with Gregor Blanco in left field. While that was not the big-splash signing many expected the team to make, the Giants have essentially the same roster as last season and should be right in the thick of things in the NL again this season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Dec. 20)

    CF Angel Pagan
    2B Marco Scutaro
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    C Buster Posey
    RF Hunter Pence
    1B Brandon Belt
    SS Brandon Crawford
    LF Gregor Blanco
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Dec. 20)

    SP Matt Cain
    SP Madison Bumgarner
    SP Tim Lincecum
    SP Ryan Vogelsong
    SP Barry Zito
    CP Sergio Romo

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