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MLB Power Rankings: All 30 MLB Teams' Offseasons from Worst to Best

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: All 30 MLB Teams' Offseasons from Worst to Best

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    The finishing touches are being put on this MLB offseason, with the start of spring training now roughly a month away and the majority of the offseason action in the rear-view mirror.

    For some teams it has been an incredibly successful offseason, but for others it's ranged anywhere from disappointment to disaster.

    Taking into account all that has gone on, here is how I would rank the offseasons of all 30 MLB teams from worst to best.

30. Miami Marlins

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    Last offseason, the Marlins spent big to try to usher in their new stadium with a winner. However, a rough first half left them as sellers at the deadline, and they shipped Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, among other moves.

    They followed that up with a blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays this offseason, as they unloaded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck for a package of prospects.

    That has left the Marlins as a shell of what they were even in losing 90-plus games last season, and has left the taxpayers of Miami holding the bill for a new stadium that will house one of the worst teams in the league. A rough offseason to say the least.

29. Colorado Rockies

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    The Rockies had the worst starting rotation in baseball last season, and their only notable "addition" this offseason was re-signing left-hander Jeff Francis to a one-year deal.

    Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio all battled injury last season and should be at 100 percent this coming year, so that should help—but the fact that the Rockies have not looked to add any depth is a head-scratcher.

    Wilton Lopez was added to shore up the back end of the bullpen, with the team sending Alex White and another prospect to the Astros. It looks like the Colorado offense will be counted on once again to carry the team.

28. Texas Rangers

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    The Rangers missed out on their top three offseason targets, with Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels, Zack Greinke signing with the Dodgers and James Shields being traded to the Royals.

    The cumulative picture of their offseason from an offensive standpoint is that they've replaced Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young with A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman.

    On the pitching side of things, they did well to replace Koji Uehara and Mike Adams in the bullpen with Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria. However, they failed to land a starter and will enter the season with unproven Martin Perez in the No. 5 spot.

    There is still time for the Rangers to pull the trigger on trading for someone like Justin Upton, Jason Kubel or Matt Garza, but for now they are clearly one of the biggest losers of the offseason.

27. Baltimore Orioles

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    The Orioles have been very quiet this offseason, bringing back outfielder Nate McLouth on a one-year deal, but doing little else of significance.

    Danny Valencia and Alexi Casilla were added to fill out the bench, as they were purchased and claimed off of waivers, respectively.

    The team resisted the urge to spend big or trade any of its young talent, which is good—but it's hard to call the Orioles offseason a success, as the division around them got better while they stood pat.

26. San Diego Padres

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    The Padres have one of the deepest farm systems in baseball and an underrated middle of the order in Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso.

    However, pitching is a concern, as they have a pair of solid starters in Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez, but a lot of question marks after that.

    Jason Marquis was re-signed on a one-year deal to serve as the No. 3 starter, and Tyson Ross was acquired as well. 

    At the end of the day, the Padres are a rebuilding team heading in the right direction. They weren't likely to contend this season regardless, so there was no reason to spend big on pitching. 

25. Houston Astros

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    The Astros continued on as expected this offseason, signing a few low-cost veterans to fill out what looks more like a Triple-A roster than a big league ballclub.

    Carlos Pena was brought in to be the team's DH in its inaugural season in the American League, and Phil Humber was signed off the scrap heap to bolster the rotation.

    The team also added Jose Veras, John Ely and Alex White to the staff and selected a pair of potential impact players in the Rule 5 draft in first baseman Nathan Freiman and reliever Josh Fields.

    All told it's been a productive offseason for the Astros, though they'll be hard-pressed to avoid another 100-loss season.

24. New York Yankees

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    If there's one thing the Yankees haven't done this offseason it's get any younger, as they re-signed veterans Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Ichiro Suzuki and Mariano Rivera and added a fifth in Kevin Youkilis.

    The team has glaring holes at catcher and DH as of right now, and they're severely lacking in starting pitching depth should someone get injured.

    After a rough performance in the ALCS last year, it was easy to envision the Yankees looking to make a splash this offseason—but as it stands, they look worse on paper than the team that bowed out in last season's ALCS.

23. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    The Pirates kicked off their offseason by out-bidding the Yankees for catcher Russell Martin, signing the veteran backstop to a two-year, $17 million deal.

    They may have overpaid, but he'll be a big offensive upgrade over Rod Barajas and should help the development of a number of young starters expected to contribute this season.

    They traded closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox, but re-signed Jason Grilli to a two-year, $7.5 million deal. He'll serve as closer after posting a 2.91 ERA and 13.8 K/9 in 64 appearances last season.

    The team also appeared to add starter Francisco Liriano, but the deal may fall through due to an injury he suffered to his non-throwing arm in December (h/t ESPN).

22. Chicago White Sox

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    The White Sox's big move of the offseason came early on, as they declined their $22 million option on Jake Peavy but quickly re-signed him to a two-year, $29 million deal.

    Unable to reach terms to bring Kevin Youkilis back to play third base, the team settled for signing career utility man Jeff Keppinger to a three-year, $12 million deal to man the hot corner.

    That move was a stretch, and the team has done nothing to improve a bullpen that lost Brett Myers to free agency—they appear to have fallen even further behind the Tigers in the AL Central.

21. Milwaukee Brewers

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    The Brewers had the worst bullpen in baseball last season with a 4.66 ERA as a group, and they've added a trio of arms this offseason to help shore things up.

    Burke Badenhop was acquired in a trade with the Rays, and left-handers Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez were signed as free agents.

    That's all the team has done so far this offseason, and the Brewers could certainly use another late-inning arm and perhaps a veteran starter to bolster an inexperienced staff.

20. Chicago Cubs

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    The Cubs made a serious push for Anibal Sanchez before he signed with the Tigers on a five-year, $80 million deal. In the end they settled for adding Edwin Jackson on a four-year, $52 million deal.

    They also added the likes of Scott Feldman, Scott Baker and Carlos Villanueva to their pitching staff, as their rotation should be improved from a season ago.

    Anyone who excels from that trio will likely be trade bait, as will Matt Garza as he enters the final year of his contract with the team.

    Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa was brought in on a two-year deal to compete with Carlos Marmol in the bullpen.

    Ian Stewart was brought back to form half of an uninspiring platoon with Luis Valbuena, and Nate Schierholtz was signed to be the primary right fielder.

    All in all, a series of stopgap moves for a rebuilding team and a big signing of a pitcher who is not spectacular but is durable and consistent—something that may well be worth $13 million per year these days.

19. Atlanta Braves

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    The Braves entered the offseason needing to replace the retired Chipper Jones and expecting to lose center fielder Michael Bourn in free agency.

    The team took a big chance on B.J. Upton with a five-year, $75.25 million deal, as he's been more potential than production during his career.

    They also signed Gerald Laird to replace David Ross as the backup catcher and traded Tommy Hanson to the Angels for reliever Jordan Walden.

    They're still in a good position to win, but the risk that comes with the Upton signing coupled with the fact that they have yet to find a left fielder makes their offseason a loss so far.

18. St. Louis Cardinals

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    The Cardinals' only real need this offseason was a left-handed reliever, and they found one in signing Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.

    They also shipped infielder Skip Schumaker to the Dodgers and signed Ty Wigginton to replace him on the bench. He should give the team a little more pop and an insurance policy at third base if David Freese is bit by the injury bug once again.

    Kyle Lohse is preparing to walk in free agency, but the team has a trio of viable replacement options in Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller, so they should be fine without him.

17. Oakland Athletics

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    The A's put together a roster of cast-off veterans and unheralded youngsters last season and came away with an AL West title.

    They'll be relying on essentially the same group to make a return trip to the postseason, as they've done little so far this offseason.

    Chris Young was acquired from the Diamondbacks, and the team could still look to move Coco Crisp as a result—but as it stands, Young will spread his at-bats over all three outfield spots.

    Brandon McCarthy walked in free agency, but Bartolo Colon was brought back on a one-year deal, and the team has a bevy of young arms who will compete for rotation spots this spring.

    Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima will be the team's everyday shortstop, taking over for the departed Stephen Drew, and should have no trouble improving on the numbers put up at the position last season.

16. Minnesota Twins

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    The Twins' starting rotation was a mess last season behind breakout left-hander Scott Diamond, and they have little to look forward to in the way of high-ceiling pitching prospects.

    They've improved both the present and future this offseason, adding Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Rich Harden to help the team now, and landing top pitching prospects Trevor May and Alex Meyer in trades for later.

    Replacing Denard Span and Ben Revere offensively could be an issue, but overall the Twins look to be in a better position to win this season than they were last year.

15. San Francisco Giants

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    The Giants made bringing back their key free agents their main focus this offseason, re-upping with Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Affeldt.

    Outside of those signings, they made the decision to non-tender Brian Wilson rather than pay him $6.8 million—it was a no-brainer for the club, but still took some by surprise.

    Some expected the team to make a splash signing to fill the void in left field, but instead they'll open the season with a platoon of Gregor Blanco and free-agent signing Andres Torres.   Melky Cabrera walked after being suspended for the final 50 games of the season for a positive PED test.

    Offense remains a question mark in San Francisco, but the Giants continue to find ways to succeed in spite of that, and I certainly wouldn't bet against them.

14. Cleveland Indians

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    Expected to begin rebuilding with a number of veterans approaching free agency and a thin minor league system, the Indians kicked off their offseason by hiring Terry Francona as their new manager.

    Most figured they would sell aggressively this offseason, but instead they've held onto their veteran pieces and signed a handful of players in free agency.

    The signing of Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal was the big move, and Mark Reynolds, Brett Myers, Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes were also brought aboard.

    They did pull the trigger on a big move, however, completing a three-team trade with the Reds and Diamondbacks that cost them Shin-Soo Choo but landed them a marquee pitching prospect in Trevor Bauer, a solid bullpen arm in Matt Albers and a center fielder in Drew Stubbs.

13. Boston Red Sox

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    The Red Sox have certainly been busy this offseason, as they've taken the money they saved from their trade with the Dodgers last August and invested it in a handful of veterans.

    Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Koji Uehara were all signed as free agents, and Joel Hanrahan was acquired from the Pirates to close.

    Those moves will certainly make the team more competitive in 2013, but as far as their long-term impact on the club, one has to wonder if spending like this on mid-level veterans was the best thing for the team to do with its freed-up payroll.

12. Seattle Mariners

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    The Mariners are on the cusp of contention, with some of the best big-league-ready minor league talent in all of baseball ready to make an impact in the near future.

    Their offense needed some major work after last season, and while prospects SS Nick Franklin and C Mike Zunino could help in that area at some point in 2013, the team needed more than that to avoid finishing last in the AL in runs scored for the fourth straight season.

    Outfielders Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez were signed to cheap deals, but the team finally landed an impact bat when they shipped Jason Vargas to the Angels for Kendrys Morales.

    It's really a matter of waiting until the young talent arrives, but the acquisitions of Ibanez and Morales should at least make the lineup a little more respectable this coming season.

11. Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Phillies dealt a pair of arms in Vance Worley and Trevor May to acquire center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins. While Revere has absolutely no power, he'll bring a decent average, good speed and terrific defense at a low cost.

    Michael Young was also acquired to replace Placido Polanco at third base, and even in the later stages of his career he should be able to top the .257/.302/.327 line that Polanco put up last year.

    John Lannan and Mike Adams were signed as free agents to improve the pitching staff. Both came at a bargain price given what they could contribute to the team.

    In the end, the health of their superstars will determine how far the Phillies go this season, not anything they did this offseason...though it couldn't hurt.

10. New York Mets

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    The Mets entered the offseason with virtually no flexibility from a payroll standpoint, and they've made no real notable additions in free agency.

    Their bullpen is still a mess and could potentially be worse with one of their few reliable arms in Jon Rauch having departed.

    However, the Mets came to terms on an extension with David Wright and pulled the trigger on dealing R.A. Dickey when they couldn't do the same with him.

    Dickey netted them a franchise catcher in Travis d'Arnaud, a serviceable catcher for the time being John Buck, a high-ceiling pitching prospect in Noah Syndergaard and two others. While they've done little to improve the present this offseason, it's been a big win for the future of the team.

9. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    The Diamondbacks kicked off the offseason with a three-team trade that essentially landed them Heath Bell and Cliff Pennington for Chris Young, a movable piece due to the team's outfield depth.

    They also traded top prospect Trevor Bauer to the Indians in a three-team trade to get their shortstop of the future in Didi Gregorius from the Reds. One would think they could have gotten more for Bauer, but it was a solid move considering their pitching depth, especially after the signing of Brandon McCarthy to a two-year deal.

    Their signing of Cody Ross was a head-scratcher unless they move Justin Upton before the start of the season, but all-in-all it's been a solid offseason for Arizona.

8. Detroit Tigers

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    After winning the AL pennant last season, the Tigers look to be even better on paper this coming season.

    They'll have a full season of Anibal Sanchez after re-signing him and return a healthy impact bat in Victor Martinez at DH. They also upgraded in right field with the addition of Torii Hunter on a two-year deal.

    They may have overpaid a bit for Sanchez, giving him a five-year, $80 million deal, but he was one of the best arms on the market and he gives the Tigers a formidable staff.

    The bullpen still needs to be sorted out, but they have plenty of arms to choose from for the ninth-inning role, and they could still look to add to the mix.

7. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Dodgers went into the offseason seeking a front-line starter to slot behind Clayton Kershaw in the team's rotation, and they ponied up on a six-year, $147 million deal to sign the market's top arm in Zack Greinke.

    They also added Hyun-Jin Ryu on a six-year deal to fill the No. 4 spot in the rotation and re-signed Brandon League to a three-year, $22.5 million contract to serve as the team's closer and brought in J.P. Howell to add to the left-handed bullpen arsenal.

    How quickly the team comes together with all of the high-priced new pieces it's added since the deadline will go a long way toward determining the Dodgers' success, but the signings they made don't certainly hurt either.

6. Tampa Bay Rays

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    For the past several seasons, the Rays have had an abundance of starting pitching and a glaring need for more offensive production.

    This offseason they finally pulled the trigger on a deal, sending James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for a prospect package highlighted by Wil Myers.

    Myers should make a major impact in the middle of the order once he arrives, and the team also landed one of the game's top pitching prospects, Jake Odorizzi, in what was a terrific deal for both sides.

    On top of that trade, the team also dealt for Yunel Escobar and signed James Loney as a free agent.  They also avoided arbitration with ace David Price.

    Working in the constraints of their budget, the Rays did well to improve their offense this offseason and could make some noise in the AL East.

5. Kansas City Royals

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    The Royals have assembled a good, homegrown core of position players over the past few seasons, but their pitching has not come around at the same rate—a staff led by Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar clearly wasn't going to get the job done.

    As a result, they've completely overhauled their staff, starting by re-signing Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year, $25 million deal.

    They then dealt for Ervin Santana before making a blockbuster move to acquire a bona fide ace in James Shields and Wade Davis from the Rays for a prospect package centered around Wil Myers.

    That should be enough for them to at least push for a winning record, and they could contend for a playoff spot if everything breaks right.

4. Cincinnati Reds

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    The Reds entered the offseason needing a leadoff hitter with on-base skills and a replacement for the under-performing Drew Stubbs in center field.

    Shin-Soo Choo fills both roles after being acquired from the Indians, as he has a .381 on-base percentage for his career and should be able to make the transition from right field to center field.

    The team also re-signed Ryan Ludwick and reliever Jonathan Broxton; the latter move will allow for flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman to move to the rotation.

    The Reds did exactly what they needed to this offseason and didn't give up much in the way of money or players to do it. They should again be the team to beat in the NL Central.

3. Washington Nationals

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    The Nationals finally found their center fielder/leadoff hitter, sending pitching prospect Alex Meyer to the Twins for Denard Span.

    Span is signed for just $10.75 million over the next two seasons with a $9 million option for 2015, so he comes with plenty of team control and should immediately make the team better.

    They also signed Dan Haren to a one-year deal to replace Edwin Jackson in the rotation, and if he can return to form it would make an already scary Nationals rotation absolutely terrifying.

    Top those moves off with the team re-signing Adam LaRoche and subsequently giving them one of the best trade chips in the league in Michael Morse, and it's been a very successful offseason for a Nationals team with title hopes.

2. Los Angeles Angels

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    After spending big to sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last season, the Angels did it again this offseason when they came out of nowhere to sign Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal.

    That was far from their only move, though, as they have completely retooled their rotation in trading for Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas and signing Joe Blanton.

    They also added Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson to shore up their bullpen, and if they can avoid a slow start like they had last season, they should be the favorites in the AL West.

1. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Who else but the Blue Jays for the top spot here? They have completely overhauled their team and currently have nine newcomers projected for the Opening Day roster.

    Their blockbuster with the Marlins netted them Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio. They then traded for R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole, while also signing Melky Cabrera and Maicer Izturis in free agency and trading for Esmil Rogers.

    Those newcomers coupled with the likes of Brandon Morrow, Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista should make the Blue Jays serious title contenders. At least on paper, the Blue Jays have won the offseason.

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