MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand After the Justin Upton Trade

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand After the Justin Upton Trade

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    With the month of February just around the corner and the MLB offseason winding down, two impact players remain on the free-agent market in Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn.

    One player no longer available, however, is Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, who was finally traded to the Braves after months of speculation he could be on the move.

    Aside from that trade, there have been a handful of minor signings over the past few weeks as teams put the finishing touches on their rosters entering spring training.

    Here are my updated power rankings, the first since the start of the new year. Where does your favorite team stand?

     

    Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com.

30. Houston Astros (Previous: 30)

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    Offseason Overview

    Given their ongoing rebuilding process, the offseason has gone as expected for the Astros. They've added a few veteran pieces, highlighted by Carlos Pena. He will be the team's DH in their first season in the American League. 

    Expect another long season in Houston, as it will be surprising if they avoid the 100-loss mark. There will be reason for excitement, though, as a number of prospects could make their debuts this season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    SP Bud Norris
    SP Lucas Harrell
    SP Jordan Lyles
    SP Phil Humber
    SP Erik Bedard
    CP Jose Veras

29. Miami Marlins (Previous: 29)

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    Offseason Overview

    After gutting their roster in a trade with the Blue Jays, expectations are low for the Marlins entering the season. They'll have a tough time avoiding the cellar in their division.

    They added a pair of solid prospects in Justin Nicolino and Jake Marisnick, and young big leaguers in Adeiny Hechavarria and Henderson Alvarez, but that won't make things much better in the year ahead.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    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 understandably turned their attention to upgrading their pitching staff this offseason, adding Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Rich Harden to the mix for the big-league rotation. 

    They also added a pair of top pitching prospects in Trevor May and Alex Meyer in return for outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere. While they still may not be able to contend in the AL Central this season, they'll be a lot better off than last year.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

27. Colorado Rockies (Previous: 27)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Rockies haven't done anything to bolster their starting rotation outside of signing Chris Volstad and Miguel Batista to minor league deals, but they'll benefit from getting the trio of Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio back to full health.

    They'll also hopefully have a healthy Troy Tulowitzki back manning shortstop and hitting in the middle of the lineup. Until the pitching proves reliable, they won't rank any higher than this. If everything breaks right, they could surprise this season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

26. Chicago Cubs (Previous: 26)

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    Offseason Overview

    It's been a busy offseason for the Cubs, as they've added a ton of veteran pieces to fill out their roster, most of whom could very well be traded by midseason.

    Scott Hairston was the most recent addition, and he'll platoon with another newcomer in Nate Schierholtz in right field. Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker, Carlos Villanueva and Kyuji Fujikawa were also added to bolster the pitching staff.

    The team has plenty of new faces if nothing else.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

    CP Carlos Marmol

25. San Diego Padres (Previous: 24)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Padres have assembled a solid young core of players, and there are more on the way with one of the best minor league systems in all of baseball.

    However, they're still at least a year away from contending. Without a reliable arm behind Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard, they'll have trouble being more than a .500 team.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

24. New York Mets (Previous: 25)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Mets have had a busy offseason, extending David Wright and dealing R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for an impressive package of prospects, highlighted by Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.

    The Dickey trade may have made the team worse for 2013, but it has the potential to be a great move long term. The team signed Shaun Marcum to replace him in the rotation on a one-year, $4 million deal that could wind up being a steal.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

    SP Johan Santana
    SP Jon Niese
    SP Shaun Marcum
    SP Matt Harvey
    SP Dillon Gee
    CP Frank Francisco

23. Cleveland Indians (Previous: 23)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Indians were expected to be busy this offseason, but most assumed it would be as sellers rather than buyers. Instead, the team has added a handful of veteran pieces and appear to be much better than last year.

    Nick Swisher was the marquee signing, but they also added Mark Reynolds and Brett Myers, among others. If they can get a decent season out of Ubaldo Jimenez atop the rotation, they could be one of the year's surprise teams.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

    SP Ubaldo Jimenez
    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Brett Myers
    SP Zach McAllister
    SP Carlos Carrasco
    CP Chris Perez

22. Chicago White Sox (Previous: 21)

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    Offseason Overview

    The White Sox made their big offseason move early on when they declined their $22 million option on Jake Peavy for 2013. They quickly re-signed him to a two-year, $29 million deal.

    They also added Jeff Keppinger to man third base and signed Matt Lindstrom to serve as a right-handed setup option. A lot went right for the White Sox to contend last season, and with essentially the same team minus A.J. Pierzynski, they'll have to catch some breaks again.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous: 20)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Pirates added Francisco Liriano to their staff and re-signed Jeff Karstens after non-tendering him earlier in the offseason. They'll enter the season with a veteran staff looking to avoid another late-season collapse.

    Russell Martin was also brought aboard as an upgrade over Rod Barajas at catcher, and he'll help usher in a group of impressive pitching prospects once they prove ready for the majors.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    SP A.J. Burnett
    SP Wandy Rodriguez
    SP James McDonald
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP Jeff Karstens

    CP Jason Grilli

20. Milwaukee Brewers (Previous: 19)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Brewers had the highest-scoring offense in the National League last season, but they were dragged down by a terrible bullpen and an inconsistent starting staff.

    Mike Gonzalez, Burke Badenhop and Tom Gorzelanny were added to bolster the staff, but the rotation is inexperienced after Yovani Gallardo. Corey Hart will miss the first four months of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    RF Norichika Aoki
    2B Rickie Weeks
    LF Ryan Braun
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    C Jonathan Lucroy
    1B Mat Gamel (Corey Hart out four months as of Jan. 25)
    CF Carlos Gomez
    SS Jean Segura
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

19. Kansas City Royals (Previous: 18)

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    Offseason Overview

    With a great young core of position players, the Royals rolled the dice this offseason and sent a deep prospect package, highlighted by Wil Myers, to the Rays for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.

    Those two join Ervin Santana as new additions to the Royals rotation. Their new-look staff combined with their ever-improving lineup should make them a better team than the 2012 version.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

    SP Bruce Chen
    CP Greg Holland

18. Seattle Mariners (Previous: 22)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Mariners found a way to bolster their offense without dealing any of their top prospects, pulling off a three-team trade to land Michael Morse at the cost of catcher John Jaso.

    He joins Kendrys Morales as a new addition in the middle of the Mariners lineup, but the biggest additions for Seattle this season will be the wave of top-tier prospects getting ready to make their big-league debuts.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    2B Dustin Ackley
    CF Franklin Gutierrez
    3B Kyle Seager
    LF Michael Morse
    DH Kendrys Morales
    C Jesus Montero
    1B Justin Smoak
    RF Michael Saunders
    SS Brendan Ryan

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

17. Philadelphia Phillies (Previous: 17)

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    Offseason Overview

    There is no question the Phillies core of superstars is getting old, but the title window hasn't closed entirely. They still have their big three of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels atop the staff.

    The team has added Ben Revere and Michael Young via trade and signed Delmon Young, John Lannan and Mike Adams as free agents, so they've restocked the roster to a point. They'll need to stay healthy to have a chance to contend, though.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    SS Jimmy Rollins
    CF Ben Revere
    2B Chase Utley
    1B Ryan Howard
    3B Michael Young
    RF Delmon Young

    LF Domonic Brown
    C Erik Kratz (Carlos Ruiz suspended first 25 games)
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

16. Texas Rangers (Previous: 16)

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    Offseason Overview

    It's been a tough offseason for the Rangers. They lost Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Mike Napoli, Koji Uehara, Mike Adams, Scott Feldman and Ryan Dempster in free agency. 

    They missed out on their top free-agent targets to replace them and wound up with an offseason haul of A.J. Pierzynski, Lance Berkman, Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria. They've downgraded from a personnel standpoint, but they still have a solid team in place.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

15. Boston Red Sox (Previous: 15)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Red Sox have had a busy offseason. They've taken the money they freed up in their blockbuster deal with the Dodgers last August and reinvested it in a handful of veterans.

    Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Johnny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Koji Uehara were all brought aboard. The team should be better this coming season for it, but that begs the question where the team is headed long term.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    SP Jon Lester
    SP Ryan Dempster
    SP Clay Buchholz
    SP Felix Doubront
    SP John Lackey
    CP Joel Hanrahan

14. New York Yankees (Previous: 14)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Yankees are an aging team who are not getting any younger, and their losses outweighed their gains this offseason. But they are still in a good position to compete this coming season.

    The health of the team will be the biggest question. They have the pieces to win if they can stay on the field, but they will need to avoid the injury bug. 

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Chris Stewart

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

    SP CC Sabathia
    SP Hiroki Kuroda 
    SP Andy Pettitte

    SP Phil Hughes
    SP Ivan Nova
    CP Mariano Rivera

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (Previous: 12)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Diamondbacks finally pulled the trigger on trading Justin Upton, landing Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and a trio of prospects.

    A hole remains at shortstop, where Cliff Pennington will keep the position warm until newly acquired Didi Gregorius proves ready. Aside from that, though, the team has no real holes and may have found the steal of the offseason in signing Brandon McCarthy to a two-year, $15.5 million deal.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    CF Adam Eaton
    2B Aaron Hill
    C Miguel Montero
    LF Jason Kubel
    3B Martin Prado
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    RF Cody Ross
    SS Cliff Pennington
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

12. Baltimore Orioles (Previous: 13)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Orioles have had a quiet offseason. They re-signed Nate McLouth to play left field and took a chance on former All-Star Jair Jurrjens, who was non-tendered by the Braves, on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

    They also claimed Alexi Casilla and Danny Valencia off waivers to bolster their bench, and Casilla could wind up seeing significant action if Brian Roberts struggles to stay on the field again.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    SP Jason Hammel
    SP Wei-Yin Chen
    SP Chris Tillman
    SP Miguel Gonzalez
    SP Jair Jurrjens
    CP Jim Johnson

11. Tampa Bay Rays (Previous: 11)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Rays' most recent addition of second baseman Kelly Johnson gives them some flexibility, as they can now move Ben Zobrist into the outfield and have light-hitting sparkplug Sam Fuld (.678 career OPS) come off the bench.

    Uber-prospect Wil Myers will likely be in the majors roaming the Rays outfield by midseason one way or another. He'll join Yunel Escobar and James Loney as new additions to what should be an improved Rays lineup.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    CF Desmond Jennings
    SS Yunel Escobar
    RF Ben Zobrist
    3B Evan Longoria
    LF Matt Joyce
    DH Luke Scott
    2B Kelly Johnson 
    1B James Loney 
    C Jose Molina

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

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

10. St. Louis Cardinals (Previous: 8)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Cardinals didn't really have any major needs entering the offseason, and they've made a few additions in Randy Choate, Ty Wigginton and Ronny Cedeno.

    Choate fills the need for a second left-handed option in the bullpen, Wigginton will replace Skip Schumaker on the bench and should provide some pop, and Cedeno gives them insurance at short should Rafael Furcal get hurt again. They'll once again be contenders in the National League, and the addition of top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras at some point will be a big boost.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

9. Oakland Athletics (Previous: 9)

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    Offseason Overview

    The A's turned a roster of unproven prospects and long-time journeymen into an AL West title winner last season, and they'll look for essentially the same group of players to do it again this season.

    Brett Anderson will be back for a full season atop the rotation, and the team added John Jaso and Hiroyuki Nakajima to bolster their lineup. They look to have all the pieces to contend once again led by a stellar young pitching staff.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26) 

    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. Los Angeles Dodgers (Previous: 7)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Dodgers entered the offseason looking for a top-tier starter to slot behind Clayton Kershaw, and $147 million later had their man in Zack Greinke. They also added Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to what should be a formidable staff.

    Carl Crawford will make his Dodgers debut at some point early on in 2013. If he can return to form, the Dodgers outfield has the potential to be among the best in all of baseball.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    2B Mark Ellis
    LF Carl Crawford
    CF Matt Kemp
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    SS Hanley Ramirez
    RF Andre Ethier
    3B Luis Cruz
    C A.J. Ellis 
    Pitcher

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

7. Atlanta Braves (Previous: 10)

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    Offseason Overview

    After signing B.J. Upton as a free agent early on in the offseason, the Braves acquired his brother last week in a trade with the Diamondbacks. Those two will join Jason Heyward to form arguably the best outfield in all of baseball.

    The fifth starter spot is up for grabs, with top prospect Julio Teheran the front-runner to land the job. The real story, though, will be how Kris Medlen handles a full season in the Braves rotation after a phenomenal second half to 2012.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

    SP Tim Hudson
    SP Kris Medlen
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Paul Maholm
    SP Julio Teheran
    CP Craig Kimbrel

6. Cincinnati Reds (Previous: 6)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Reds' biggest need entering the offseason was a center fielder who could get on base from the leadoff spot in the order.

    They found their man in Shin-Soo Choo, and along with the re-signings of Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Ludwick, they have as complete a roster as any team in baseball. The storyline of the early part of the season will be Aroldis Chapman's transition to the starting rotation.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    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

    A year after spending big on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the Angels did it again with the signing of top free agent Josh Hamilton.

    With Dan Haren and Ervin Santana cut loose, and Zack Greinke departed in free agency, the team has overhauled the rotation as well with the additions of Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton. Top to bottom, the team looks great on paper, and they have a real shot at competing for the AL West title.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    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 are all-in on the 2013 season. They acquired Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a blockbuster deal with the Marlins, then landed R.A. Dickey in another blockbuster with the Mets.

    Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis, Mark DeRosa and Henry Blanco were also signed as free agents, and with a healthy Jose Bautista joining Edwin Encarnacion in the middle of the lineup, the team has a real chance to contend for a title.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

    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 started the offseason with a formidable roster, and it only got better when they acquired Denard Span in a trade with the Twins and signed Dan Haren to replace Edwin Jackson in the rotation.

    They re-signed Adam LaRoche, leading to the trade of Michael Morse to the Mariners. They also signed Rafael Soriano to serve as the team's closer.

    Oh yeah, and that guy Stephen Strasburg will be back, hopefully for the full season and without that dreaded innings count.

    On paper, they may be the most complete team in all of baseball entering the season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Jan. 26)

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    SP Dan Haren
    SP Ross Detwiler
    CP Rafael Soriano

2. Detroit Tigers (Previous: 2)

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    Offseason Overview

    The Tigers made the first big move of the offseason when they signed Torii Hunter to upgrade what was a glaring hole in right field.

    They then spent big to re-sign Anibal Sanchez on a five-year, $80 million deal. A full season with him in the rotation and the return of Victor Martinez should make the Tigers better than they were last season. 

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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

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    Offseason Overview

    The reigning champions until proven otherwise, the Giants turned their attention to re-signing their key free-agent pieces this offseason.

    They re-upped with Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt, but that was essentially the extent of their offseason. They failed to land the impact bat many thought they needed in left field, but all the pieces are there to once again contend for a title.

     

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Jan. 26)

    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 Jan. 26)

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