Offseason Grades for Every MLB Team, Post-New Year Edition
Since the conclusion of Game 4 of the 2012 World Series, it’s been non-stop action in the front offices of MLB franchises.
Teams have been working diligently to improve their clubs for 2013 and beyond through free agency and trades. Thus far, an MVP award winner—Josh Hamilton—and two Cy Young Award winners—R.A. Dickey and Zack Greinke—have switched homes.
Many of the top free agents on the market have been signed, but there are still plenty of impact players remaining—and the mystery team is always in the mix to land a star.
Let’s take a look at the notable additions and subtractions of each team and grade them on how well or poor their offseason has gone so far.
Notable Additions: None
Notable Subtractions: Mark Reynolds, Robert Andino
After shocking the baseball world by clinching a berth into the 2012 playoffs, the Baltimore Orioles haven’t done much.
Baltimore has lost out on every free agent it has been rumored to be interested in and has yet to make an impactful trade. The O’s have also lost out on one of their top power hitters in recent memory, Mark Reynolds, as well as a key role player in Robert Andino.
The O’s could still re-sign Joe Saunders—who started seven games down the stretch—but as of now he’s still a free agent. Baltimore really needed to add another middle-of-the-rotation starter or another bat to replace Reynolds, but general manager Dan Duquette seems to be satisfied with his current club.
Boston Red Sox
Notable Additions: David Ross, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster, Koji Uehara, Joel Hanrahan, Shane Victorino
Notable Subtractions: Cody Ross, Mark Melancon, Mike Aviles, James Loney
The Boston Red Sox had plenty to do after finishing the 2012 season in the cellar of the American League East, and general manager Ben Cherington has filled nearly every void.
Cherington started the offseason by landing manager John Farrell from the Toronto Blue Jays and re-signing designated hitter David Ortiz. He then started to negotiate with free agents and other general managers to improve the team.
Boston has added Ryan Dempster to the starting rotation and Koji Uehara and Joel Hanrahan to the back end of the bullpen.
The Red Sox also signed Shane Victorino to play right field, Stephen Drew to start at shortstop, Jonny Gomes to platoon in left field and David Ross to be a backup catcher. Boston has also agreed to terms with Mike Napoli—to play first base and catch—but the deal has yet to be finalized.
New York Yankees
Notable Additions: Kevin Youkilis
Notable Subtractions: Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher
For once in a very long time, the New York Yankees have been quiet during the offseason. Despite losing a few key players, the only notable move the Bronx Bombers have made was signing free-agent infielder Kevin Youkilis.
And the only reason Youkilis was signed was because New York’s regular third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, won’t be ready to play until midseason due to a hip injury that requires surgery.
In the meantime, though, New York has lost its starting catcher, Russell Martin, to the Pittsburgh Pirates and has yet to find a decent replacement. The Yankees also watched Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez walk in free agency—all of whom played big roles for the club in 2012.
It’s understandable that the Yankees aren’t taking on a lot of payroll since they’re looking to lower it to $189 million by next season (via ESPN), but it’s really putting an old team at a disadvantage for 2013.
Tampa Bay Rays
Notable Additions: Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, Jake Odorizzi
Notable Subtractions: James Shields, B.J. Upton, Jeff Keppinger, Wade Davis
The Tampa Bay Rays made one of the boldest moves of the offseason, trading frontline starter James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for top prospect Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi and two minor leaguers.
Myers and Odorizzi should help Tampa Bay in the future, but Shields would have helped in the present. It’s a big hit to take for the Rays, especially after B.J. Upton left for the Atlanta Braves in free agency.
The Rays, however, do have stability in their starting rotation that includes a bunch of young, but good, arms. But the Rays haven’t done a good job of replacing Upton or utility man Jeff Keppinger. It’s expected that Tampa Bay will have Desmond Jennings play center field and then have Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer platoon in left.
Tampa Bay did sign a first baseman in James Loney, but he isn’t the best upgrade over former Ray Carlos Pena.
Toronto Blue Jays
Notable Additions: Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle
Notable Subtractions: Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Adeiny Hechavarria
Has there ever been a more active team in the offseason than the Toronto Blue Jays have been this year?
Toronto started the offseason by losing its manager, John Farrell, to the Boston Red Sox. Not a good thing, but not terrible. The Blue Jays then found players who have the ability to propel Toronto to a American League East division crown.
The Blue Jays signed former San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and then completed a monster trade with the Miami Marlins that gave them a slew of All-Stars. As if that wasn’t enough, the Blue Jays then traded two top prospects to the New York Mets in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has done a remarkable job this offseason to give Toronto a brand-new look that will help the Jays compete for a World Series in 2013.
Chicago White Sox
Notable Additions: Jeff Keppinger
Notable Subtractions: A.J. Pierzynski, Kevin Youkilis, Phil Humber, Francisco Liriano
Despite barely missing the postseason in 2012, the Chicago White Sox haven’t made much noise this offseason to try to prevent that from happening again.
Chicago let its franchise catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, walk in free agency, allowing Tyler Flowers to take over full time behind the plate in the future. It’s a bold move considering that Flowers hit .213/.296/.412 with seven home runs and 13 RBI last season.
The White Sox also let two of their starting pitchers from 2012 leave in Phil Humber and Francisco Liriano. They could benefit from adding an arm this offseason, but have yet to do so. Their starting rotation is relatively deep, but another middle-of-the-rotation starter would be a welcome addition.
The one counter-move that the White Sox have made thus far was replacing Kevin Youkilis—who only played half a season in Chicago—with Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger is much more versatile than Youkilis and is a great addition to the club.
Notable Additions: Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Trevor Bauer, Chris McGuiness
Notable Subtractions: Shin-Soo Choo, Roberto Hernandez
The Cleveland Indians have proved this offseason that they no longer want to contend for a top draft pick and would much rather compete for a division crown. Cleveland finished last season 26 games under .500 and was quick to hire a new manager, Terry Francona, thereafter.
The Indians have also made a couple of impactful personnel decisions to revamp Francona’s roster. The move didn’t come in free agency or via trade, but during the MLB Rule 5 draft. With the No. 5 pick, Cleveland selected Chris McGuiness, a power-hitting first baseman formerly in the Texas Rangers’ minor league system.
Cleveland was also a participant in a three-team deal in which the franchise parted ways with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, but landed top prospect Trevor Bauer. Additional moves include the signing of Nick Swisher, who will replace Choo in right field, and Mark Reynolds, who will most likely start at first base.
Overall, the Indians have done a nice job adding pieces for the short and long term.
Notable Additions: Torii Hunter
Notable Subtractions: None
The Detroit Tigers came close to winning the World Series last season, but they ended up falling four games shy. Detroit is on track to make another run at a title since it hasn’t lost much off of its roster.
The Tigers were able to re-sign starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez—who will like be the No. 3 or No. 4 in Detroit’s starting rotation. With Delmon Young hitting the free-agent market, Detroit also signed veteran outfielder Torii Hunter.
Other than those two moves, Detroit didn’t have to do much more. Victor Martinez is scheduled to return, which will provide a boost out of the designated hitter’s spot in the lineup, and Detroit is hoping that Bruce Rondon will be a suitable closer.
Jose Valverde is currently still a free agent, although it’s not expected that he will return to Detroit in 2013.
Kansas City Royals
Notable Additions: James Shields, Wade Davis, Ervin Santana
Notable Subtractions: Wil Myers, Joakim Soria, Jake Odorizzi
Pitching has been an area of focus for the Kansas City Royals this offseason as the team has been looking to add starters ready to pitch in the majors now and worrying about the future later.
The Royals acquired Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels shortly after the season concluded and also re-signed Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year deal. That gave Kansas City two above-average starters to pitch around Bruce Chen, but it still wasn’t enough.
Kansas City decided to part with top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to land Tampa Bay Rays starters James Shields and Wade Davis. The Royals now have a complete starting rotation with a quality hurler in each slot.
Parting with Myers may come back to bite the Royals, though, as he was an extremely good hitter in the minors leagues with a high ceiling. For the time being, it looks like a solid trade.
Notable Additions: Vance Worley, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Kevin Correia
Notable Subtractions: Ben Revere, Denard Span, Scott Baker
For whatever reason, the Twins don’t think that their offense needs help. At this point, the only notable players expected to be in the lineup are Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham. If you’re wondering where Denard Span or Ben Revere are, they’re gone.
The Twins traded Span to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Alex Meyer, a good pitching prospect. They dealt Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies for middle-of-the-rotation starter Vance Worley and pitching prospect Trevor May.
Despite losing Scott Baker to free agency, Minnesota’s starting rotation has improved marginally with the addition of Worley and Kevin Correia.
The lineup is still very bad and the pitching staff isn’t much better. There’s no way that the Twins compete in 2013 if they're finished making moves this offseason.
Notable Additions: Carlos Pena, Phil Humber, Josh Fields
Notable Subtractions: Jordan Schafer
The Houston Astros don't seem to be trying too hard to make a good first impression in the American League West when looking at the personnel changes they've made this offseason.
Houston added Phil Humber to the rotation after claiming him from the Chicago White Sox and signing him to a one-year deal. The Astros have also signed Carlos Pena to play first base and be the team’s designated hitter from time to time.
The only notable loss from Houston’s 2012 roster is Jordan Schafer, who was claimed by the Atlanta Braves. Houston’s 2013 outfield will likely consist of J.D. Martinez, Justin Maxwell and Fernando Martinez—who aren’t very threatening by any means.
Houston was the league’s worst team in 2012 and was rewarded with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Rule 5 draft, using that selection to take former Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Fields. Moving to an even tougher division, Houston is likely to have that pick once again next offseason.
Los Angeles Angels
Notable Additions: Josh Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas, Joe Blanton, Ryan Madson
Notable Subtractions: Kendrys Morales, Torii Hunter, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Jordan Walden
For the second straight offseason, the Los Angeles Angels turned out to be the team that no one saw making a play on a top free agent. As is turned out, the Angels were able to land the top player on the open market, Josh Hamilton.
The Angels did, however, lose some of the team’s starting pitchers as Zack Greinke and Dan Haren left in free agency, and they traded Ervin Santana. Los Angeles made up for those losses by acquiring Tommy Hanson and signing Joe Blanton.
With a bit of a logjam at first base and in the outfield, the Angels traded Kendrys Morales to acquire Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners. That deal has been one of the more underrated trades of the offseason and could end up working the Angels’ way drastically.
All in all, the Angels lost a lot but gained more in what has been a great offseason for them.
Notable Additions: Hiroyuki Nakajima, Chris Young
Notable Subtractions: Stephen Drew, Brandon McCarthy, Jonny Gomes, Cliff Pennington
After coming all the way back to win the American League West in 2012 and carry a good load of momentum into the postseason, the Oakland Athletics were eliminated by the Tigers in the playoffs. And just like every other team, they had to make a few changes for 2013.
The A’s were without Brandon McCarthy down the stretch after he was hit in the head with a comebacker and will also be without him going forward as they lost him to free agency. Daniel Straily will likely replace him in the Oakland starting rotation.
Oakland has boosted its outfield with the addition of Chris Young—despite losing Jonny Gomes to free agency—acquiring him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Yordy Cabrera and Cliff Pennington.
After trading Pennington and losing Stephen Drew to the Boston Red Sox—the team’s two shortstops in 2012—Oakland signed Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year deal. He should be a great addition on the field as well as in the clubhouse—you would know if you saw his press conference.
Notable Additions: Kendrys Morales, Jason Bay, Raul Ibanez
Notable Subtractions: Jason Vargas
Coming off of another disappointing season, the Seattle Mariners have only made a couple of minor moves to try to improve for 2013.
One of Seattle’s biggest moves was trading Jason Vargas to the Los Angeles Angels for a power hitter, Kendrys Morales. The Mariners also signed Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez to play in the outfield next season along with Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders.
The two free-agent signings could help Seattle’s offense, but they won’t be enough to help the team out of the bottom half of the American League West.
It’s not going to be easy to compete in the division for the foreseeable future, and the Mariners haven’t made the necessary moves to be successful. Felix Hernandez cannot clinch a playoff berth for Seattle by himself; he needs help but doesn’t have any.
Notable Additions: A.J. Pierzynski, Joakim Soria
Notable Subtractions: Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Michael Young, Ryan Dempster, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Chris McGuiness
The Texas Rangers lost their momentum down the stretch last season, lost in the American League Wild Card Game and lost most of their talent this offseason.
Although no loss is greater than Josh Hamilton, the Rangers will also be without a slew of stars that played for them in 2012. What’s weird is that Texas hasn’t made much of an effort to make up for those lost players despite being in the running for Hamilton.
Replacing Mike Napoli with A.J. Pierzynski is a fair decision and adding Joakim Soria to the bullpen is a good move, but that’s all.
With the way that Texas’ roster looks right now, it may not finish in the top two of the divisional race with the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics having much better squads. There’s still time for the Rangers to improve, but as of now it’s been a poor offseason.
Notable Additions: B.J. Upton, Jordan Walden
Notable Subtractions: Tommy Hanson, David Ross, Chipper Jones
The Atlanta Braves went into the offseason not knowing who would be their center fielder going into next season with Michael Bourn becoming a free agent. Atlanta made the early decision to not pursue Bourn, focusing in on B.J. Upton instead, who the Braves ended up signing.
Atlanta is known for having a very deep starting rotation with several young arms ready to make the jump to the big leagues. That being said, it wasn’t that crazy for the Braves to trade Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Jordan Walden. The move doesn’t take too much away from the rotation and just deepens the bullpen.
A problem that has arisen for the Braves is that they don’t really have any catchers. Brian McCann won’t be ready to start the season and David Ross didn’t re-sign in Atlanta. The Braves were forced to sign Gerald Laird, which should be an interesting experiment until McCann is healthy.
Another questionable Braves decision has been the neglect to sign a third baseman after Chipper Jones retired. Atlanta could have Juan Francisco as the starter there, but his career numbers aren't all that impressive. Signing a free-agent third baseman, or a left fielder so Martin Prado can slide to third base, would be a wise move.
Notable Additions: Placido Polanco, Adeiny Hechavarria, Juan Pierre
Notable Subtractions: Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Heath Bell, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle
What can you say about the Miami Marlins? They basically got rid of every notable player on their roster except for Giancarlo Stanton and Ricky Nolasco.
Miami traded Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays for a couple of players who won’t make much of a difference with the Marlins—maybe with the exception of Adeiny Hechavarria.
With several voids to fill in their lineup, the Marlins signed veterans Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. The point is that Miami’s lineup is still tough to look at and will have an extremely difficult time in the near future.
The starting rotation does have a few pitchers with potential such as Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi, but the Marlins aren’t going to be doing anything special in 2013.
New York Mets
Notable Additions: Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard
Notable Subtractions: R.A. Dickey
The New York Mets made one of the more interesting decisions of the offseason, trading one of the top players on the team. New York traded away the reigning Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey, to the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of top prospects.
It’s a good move for the Mets despite them losing a top arm from their rotation. Travis d’Arnaud could end up being the next Buster Posey, and Noah Syndergaard shows promise despite little experience as a professional.
The Mets weren’t going to be able to re-sign Dickey, so trading him was the next best option, and they got plenty of value from him.
Looking at New York’s offseason as a whole, however, the team hasn’t made much noise. The Mets haven’t made any notable moves outside of the Dickey deal and will still struggle to compete in the National League East next season.
Notable Additions: Ben Revere, Michael Young
Notable Subtractions: Vance Worley, Trevor May, Placido Polanco, Ty Wiggington
The Philadelphia Phillies haven’t made a lot of flashy moves this season like some of the other teams in the National League East, but the moves they have made have been good ones.
The Phillies acquired Michael Young—who didn’t have much of a role anymore with the Texas Rangers—to become the everyday third baseman. They also landed center fielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for a middle-of-the-rotation arm and a prospect.
Both acquisitions are important to the 2013 Phillies as they really boost their lineup. Revere will end up hitting toward the top and bring plenty of speed, while Young will hit toward the middle and hopefully drive in around 80 runs next season.
The key for Philadelphia this offseason wasn’t to make drastic decisions and it really hasn’t. The Phillies are a good team; they just need to stay healthy.
Notable Additions: Denard Span, Dan Haren
Notable Subtractions: Edwin Jackson, Alex Meyer, Sean Burnett, Mike Gonzalez
The Washington Nationals are again going to be a scary team. As if being the best team in baseball during the regular season wasn’t enough last season, the Nationals clearly plan on doing it again, and more.
Washington allowed Edwin Jackson to walk in free agency and picked up veteran right-hander Dan Haren to replace him. If Haren pitches to his potential, he’ll end up being a better one-year deal than Jackson turned out to be.
The Nationals also added a big name to their lineup in Denard Span, trading Alex Meyer to the Minnesota Twins in the process. Span will likely hit in the leadoff spot for the Nationals and makes their lineup that much more dangerous.
While the Nationals had one of the better bullpens in the league last season, they will be without two guys who helped out in big ways—Sean Burnett and Mike Gonzalez. Both lefties, the duo were essential down the stretch and will be missed. Zach Duke is now the only lefty expected to be in the bullpen.
Notable Additions: Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker, Carlos Villanueva, Kyuji Fujikawa
Notable Subtractions: Bryan LaHair
The starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs could be one of the best in baseball in 2013. The Cubs have signed four average to above-average starters this offseason, which provides a lot of depth to their pitching staff.
The Cubs went into the offseason with really just Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija in the starting rotation and quietly made moves to improve it. Chicago added Edwin Jackson, who will likely be the No. 3 starter, Scott Feldman, who will likely be the No. 4 starter, and Carlos Villanueva, who will likely be the No. 5 starter.
Chicago also added depth to its bullpen by signing Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa and drafting Hector Rondon in the MLB Rule 5 draft.
The Cubs really could have boosted their offense either with a free-agent signing or via trade, but didn’t really do anything. Two positions that they failed to improve were third base—where Ian Stewart will now play—and center field—where David DeJesus is slotted.
Notable Additions: Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan
Notable Subtractions: Ryan Madson, Drew Stubbs, Didi Gregorius
The Cincinnati Reds have improved marginally since the 2012 season. They ditched Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorius to acquire Shin-Soo Choo in a three-team deal, which has been their biggest move thus far.
The deal is an interesting one, though, because Choo might not be a great center fielder. Stubbs was at least good defensively, but Choo has been more of a right fielder over the course of his career. The Reds, however, must feel that he can make the switch or they probably wouldn’t have gone after him.
Ryan Madson is gone from the Cincinnati bullpen, but Jonathan Broxton signed a three-year deal that will allow the Reds to move Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation. Jack Hannahan was also added to provide depth to Cincinnati’s bench.
The main moves that the Reds have made this offseason are tough to judge because they rely on a lot of things. The Choo deal won’t look great if he can’t play center and the Broxton deal will be much less valuable if Chapman can’t be an effective starter.
Notable Additions: Mike Gonzalez
Notable Subtractions: None
Uh, do the Milwaukee Brewers know that free agency started? The Brewers are a fair team, but haven’t made any moves that would show improvement from last season. Mike Gonzalez will be fine in the bullpen, but the Brewers needed to do much more this offseason.
Why haven’t they gone after a starting pitcher yet? There have been plenty of affordable names that are now off the market, so it’s unknown what they’re doing in Milwaukee.
Notable Additions: Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon
Notable Subtractions: Joel Hanrahan, Kevin Correia
The Pittsburgh Pirates started the offseason by doing something unheard of: outbidding the New York Yankees. Yep, the Pirates were able to land former Yankees catcher Russell Martin. It was a great move for Pittsburgh, as he is good working with pitchers and can hold his own at the plate.
The Pirates also decided to deal Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a slew of players with various amounts of potential. The move isn’t too crazy because Jason Grilli will be the closer and the deal just gives them some minor league depth and another reliever in Mark Melancon.
Kevin Correia is no longer a Pirate, but signing Francisco Liriano to replace him is an upgrade.
The Pirates, however, have refused to address weaknesses at first base and in right field. Garrett Jones could easily have been replaced and Pittsburgh seems like it will go with a platoon there and in right. Travis Snider could probably perform decently as the starter, but a free-agent pickup could do wonders to Pittsburgh's lineup.
St. Louis Cardinals
Notable Additions: Ty Wiggington
Notable Subtractions: Skip Schumaker
The only move that the St. Louis Cardinals have made this offseason was about depth on the bench. The Cardinals signed Ty Wiggington to be one of the first off the bench, but he really just replaces Skip Schumaker.
St. Louis does have a good rotation, even if Kyle Lohse signs elsewhere, but it may be in the Cardinals’ best interest to try to bring him back on a reasonable deal. He was arguably their top pitcher in 2012 and was a big part of why they went so deep in the playoffs.
Basically, St. Louis is coming into 2013 with a similar looking team to that from 2012.
Notable Additions: Cody Ross, Brandon McCarthy, Eric Chavez, Didi Gregorius, Heath Bell
Notable Subtractions: Chris Young, Trevor Bauer
The Arizona Diamondbacks have done a lot this offseason, but one of the biggest things they haven’t done is trade outfielder Justin Upton—a smart decision for now.
Arizona is coming into 2013 with a couple of new faces that could help secure a playoff spot. Brandon McCarthy will be a great addition to the young starting rotation and Heath Bell can aid J.J. Putz in the bullpen.
On the offensive side, adding Cody Ross was a great, great deal. Arizona will now have Jason Kubel in left field, Upton in center and Ross in right, which is quite the trio. Eric Chavez can platoon with Chris Johnson at third base if Arizona wants or he can come off the bench late in the game.
And lastly, Didi Gregorius could contend for the starting shortstop job in spring training, which is probably held by Cliff Pennington at the moment.
Notable Additions: None
Notable Subtractions: None
The Colorado Rockies re-signed Jeff Francis this offseason. That’s all that they’ve done aside from hiring a new manager. Unfortunately for Walt Weiss, he won’t have much to work with.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Notable Additions: Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu
Notable Subtractions: Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton
Everyone knew that the Los Angeles Dodgers had money to spend this offseason, and boy, did they end up spending. The Dodgers were able to land the most prized arm on the market this offseason in Zack Greinke and also made an international splash.
The Dodgers won the rights to negotiate with starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and eventually agreed to sign him. Ryu will likely be the No. 4 pitcher behind Clayton Kershaw, Greinke and Josh Beckett.
Although the Dodgers could have done more, they don’t really have any holes. The Dodgers have as close to an All-Star team as you’re going to find in professional baseball and are set up to be World Series contenders in 2013 and well into the future.
Los Angeles could have signed a player or two to replace second baseman Mark Ellis—despite acquiring Skip Schumaker—or Luis Cruz at third base, but the team has a couple of prospects that are about ready to make the jump.
San Diego Padres
Notable Additions: None
Notable Subtractions: None
Do the San Diego Padres think that their team is good enough to contend in 2013 without making any offseason moves? Because they don’t have a very good team at all.
San Francisco Giants
Notable Additions: Andres Torres
Notable Subtractions: Melky Cabrera
The world champion San Francisco Giants thrived after Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games last season, and he’ll be the only major contributor from the 2012 season who won’t be back in 2013.
To replace some of his production, the Giants signed Andres Torres, who will be San Francisco’s fourth outfielder. He would have been a starter, but the Giants re-signed Angel Pagan to play center field.
Other than that, the Giants have the same team that won them the World Series. They have great pitching and great hitting. It should be great race between the Dodgers and Giants for the National League West.