MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand as Spring Camp Kicks Off

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand as Spring Camp Kicks Off

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    With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training early this coming week and full workouts starting next week, the MLB season is finally here.

    The Michael Bourn signing on Monday night (h/t ESPN) already had me going back to edit these rankings once, and Kyle Lohse finding a landing spot may have me doing the same, but until then, this is where all 30 teams stand in my mind entering the season.

    So here are my first official power rankings of the new season after having tweaked them on a fairly regular basis throughout the offseason.

    Moving forward, there will finally be some in-game action to base these on as we push ever closer to Opening Day.

     

    Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com.

30. Houston Astros

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    Key Additions

    1B/OF Chris Carter, DH Carlos Pena, RP Jose Veras, OF Rick Ankiel, SP Phil Humber, SP Erik Bedard, SP Alex White, SP John Ely, SP Brad Peacock (P), C Max Stassi (P)


    Key Losses

    SS Jed Lowrie, RP Wilton Lopez, RP Fernando Rodriguez, RP Rob Rasmussen, C Chris Snyder

     

    Overview

    The Houston Astros will have a tough road ahead of them with their move to the AL West as they continue to rebuild the franchise.

    They brought on a number of low-cost veterans to fill needs for the upcoming season, but their best deal may have been trading Jed Lowrie to the Oakland A's. It landed them a potential middle-of-the-order bat in Chris Carter and a top pitching prospect in Brad Peacock.

    They're still at least a few years from contention, but they're rebuilding the right way and should be set up for sustained success once they do return to contention.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    2B Jose Altuve
    RF Fernando Martinez
    DH Carlos Pena
    LF Chris Carter
    1B Brett Wallace
    CF Justin Maxwell
    C Jason Castro
    SS Tyler Greene
    3B Matt Dominguez

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Feb. 10)

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

29. Miami Marlins

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    Key Additions

    SP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B Placido Polanco, LF Juan Pierre, RP Jon Rauch, RP Chad Qualls, UT Chone Figgins, C Jeff Mathis, OF Jake Marisnick (P), SP Justin Nicolino (P), IF Derek Dietrich (P), SP Anthony DeSclafani (P)

     

    Key Losses

    SS Jose Reyes, SP Josh Johnson, SP Mark Buehrle, OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck, SS Yunel Escobar, RP Heath Bell, 1B Carlos Lee

     

    Overview

    After a disappointing first season in their new stadium, the Miami Marlins gutted their roster this offseason with another of their patented fire sales.

    A huge blockbuster with the Toronto Blue Jays landed them a pair of top prospects in Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino as well as young starter Henderson Alvarez.

    Those guys will join a solid young core that should make for a bright future in Miami. However, this season will be a long one, as there is not much to get excited for beyond slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

28. Colorado Rockies

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    Key Additions

    RP Wilton Lopez, SP Chris Volstad, SP Miguel Batista, RP Manny Corpas, C Yorvit Torrealba, 1B/3B Ryan Wheeler (P)

     

    Key Losses

    SP Alex White, SP Jonathan Sanchez, RP Matt Reynolds, 1B Jason Giambi

     

    Overview

    Despite having the worst starting rotation in baseball last season, the Colorado Rockies did little to address their staff aside from re-signing Jeff Francis and bringing on Chris Volstad and Miguel Batista on minor league deals.

    The team did land a potential replacement should they opt to trade closer Rafael Betancourt in Wilton Lopez from the Astros, and if nothing else, he'll be a plus setup man.

    The return of Troy Tulowitzki from injury and a healthy pitching staff should make the Rockies better for 2013, but it likely won't be enough to keep them out of the cellar.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

27. Minnesota Twins

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    Key Additions

    SP Vance Worley, SP Kevin Correia, SP Mike Pelfrey, P Rich Harden, IF Jeff Clement, OF Brandon Boggs, SP Alex Meyer (P), SP Trevor May (P)


    Key Losses

    CF Denard Span, RF Ben Revere, SP Carl Pavano, SP Scott Baker, RP Matt Capps, IF Alexi Casilla, IF Tsuyoshi Nishioka

     

    Overview

    The Minnesota Twins' biggest void entering the season was clearly their starting rotation, and they took steps to address it both for the present and future.

    Vance Worley will front the staff this coming season alongside Scott Diamond, and veterans Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey will fill out the staff. Top prospects Trevor May and Alex Meyer were also added and should serve as the future of the staff.

    The outfield was dealt a blow with the trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere, but the team hopes Darin Mastroianni and Chris Parmelee will be able to replace them.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

26. San Diego Padres

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    Key Additions

    SP Freddy Garcia, SP Tyson Ross, RP Fautino De Los Santos, IF Cody Ransom

     

    Key Losses

    SP Kip Wells, SP Andrew Werner, RP Cory Burns, UT Andy Parrino

     

    Overview

    It's been a quiet offseason for the San Diego Padres, as they'll rely on one of the deepest farm systems in baseball to continue to improve the big-league club.

    Freddy Garcia and Tyson Ross were acquired to bolster the starting rotation, and Jason Marquis was re-signed. Still, the team lacks a reliable arm beyond Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard.

    The team's biggest addition will likely be second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who could step in and immediately be one of the best offensive players at the position.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Clayton Richard
    SP Jason Marquis
    SP Eric Stults
    SP Freddy Garcia
    CP Huston Street

25. Chicago Cubs

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    Key Additions

    SP Edwin Jackson, SP Scott Baker, SP Scott Feldman, SP Carlos Villanueva, RP Kyuji Fujikawa, RP Hisanori Takahashi, OF Scott Hairston, OF Nate Schierholtz, OF Darnell McDonald, C Dioner Navarro

     

    Key Losses

    1B Bryan LaHair, SP Chris Volstad, SP Randy Wells, RP Manny Corpas, OF Joe Mather, UT Blake DeWitt

     

    Overview

    The Chicago Cubs continue to rebuild their franchise from the bottom up, and they turned their focus to improving the starting rotation this offseason.

    Edwin Jackson was added on a big four-year deal, while Scott Feldman, Scott Baker and Carlos Villanueva were all brought aboard as stop-gap options.

    Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston will give the team's young outfielders a chance to develop, and Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa gives the team a fallback option if Carlos Marmol falters or is traded.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

    CP Carlos Marmol

24. New York Mets

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    Key Additions

    SP Shaun Marcum, OF Collin Cowgill, C John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd, RP Brandon Lyon, RP Aaron Laffey, RP LaTroy Hawkins, RP Pedro Feliciano, RP Scott Atchison, C Travis d'Arnaud (P), SP Noah Syndergaard (P)

     

    Key Losses

    SP R.A. Dickey, LF Jason Bay, CF Andres Torres, SP Mike Pelfrey, OF Scott Hairston, SP Chris Young, RP Jon Rauch, RP Ramon Ramirez, IF Ronny Cedeno, C Kelly Shoppach, C Josh Thole, C Mike Nickeas, 3B Jefry Marte (P)

     

    Overview

    The New York Mets cut ties with a number of veteran pieces this offseason, and they will begin to incorporate more and more pieces from their deep farm system at the big-league level.

    Third baseman David Wright was locked up with a long-term extension, while reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey was dealt to the Blue Jays for top prospects Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard.

    Shaun Marcum should help shore up the rotation, and the team brought in a number of veteran arms to fill out what was a poor bullpen. It could be a long 2013 season, but it's a team on the rise.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

23. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Key Additions

    C Russell Martin, SP Francisco Liriano, RP Mark Melancon, IF/OF Jerry Sands, 1B/OF Brad Hawpe, IF Ivan DeJesus, SP Jeanmar Gomez, SP Jonathan Sanchez, SP Vin Mazzaro, SP Stolmy Pimentel, SP Andrew Oliver (P), 1B Clint Robinson (P)

     

    Key Losses

    RP Joel Hanrahan, SP Kevin Correia, RP Chris Resop, RP Chad Qualls, RP Hisanori Takahashi, C Rod Barajas, IF Brock Holt

     

    Overview

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to avoid a third straight second-half collapse and put together their first winning season since 1992.

    Francisco Liriano was signed to a starting rotation that will also benefit from a full season of Wandy Rodriguez as the team waits for top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon to be MLB-ready.

    The team signed Russell Martin to a two-year deal to handle the staff and provide an offensive improvement over Rod Barajas. They also traded closer Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox for a solid package of big-league-ready players.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

    CP Jason Grilli

22. Chicago White Sox

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    Key Additions

    3B Jeff Keppinger, RP Matt Lindstrom, IF Angel Sanchez, 1B Lars Anderson (P)

     

    Key Losses

    C A.J. Pierzynski, 3B Kevin Youkilis, SP Brett Myers, SP Francisco Liriano, SP Phil Humber

     

    Overview

    The Chicago White Sox's major offseason move was the decision to not re-sign catcher A.J. Pierzynski. They will instead turn starting catching duties over to Tyler Flowers.

    The team also needed to find a replacement for departing third baseman Kevin Youkilis, and it inked Jeff Keppinger to a three-year deal to fill that void.

    Matt Lindstrom will replace Brett Myers as the right-handed setup man, and starters Francisco Liriano and Phil Humber no longer had spots in the White Sox rotation.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

21. Cleveland Indians (Pre-Michael Bourn Signing: 23)

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    **Update: The Indians agreed to terms with CF Michael Bourn on a four-year, $48 million deal on Monday night (h/t ESPN). The rankings have been adjusted accordingly, as they climbed two spots from 23rd.


    Key Additions

    RF Nick Swisher, CF Michael Bourn, SP Brett Myers, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 1B Mark Reynolds, CF Drew Stubbs, RP Matt Capps, RP Rich Hill, DH Chris McGuiness, RP Matt Albers, RP Bryan Shaw, 1B Jason Giambi, IF Mike Aviles, IF Ryan Raburn, 1B Yan Gomes, SP Scott Kazmir, SP Trevor Bauer (P)

     

    Key Losses

    RF Shin-Soo Choo, 1B Casey Kotchman, CF Grady Sizemore, DH Travis Hafner, IF Jack Hannahan, IF Jason Donald, SP Jeanmar Gomez, RP Tony Sipp, RP Roberto Hernandez, RP Dan Wheeler, RP Esmil Rogers, RP Rafael Perez, 1B Lars Anderson (P)

     

    Overview

    Expected to be major sellers this offseason, the Cleveland Indians instead added a number of veteran pieces, and they appear to be in a good position to improve on their 68 wins from last season.

    Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn rank as the team's big offseason signings, but they also added another big bat in Mark Reynolds and a pair of veteran starters in Brett Myers and Daisuke Matsuzaka while bolstering their bench and adding a number of bullpen arms.

    The biggest move of the offseason, though, may have been the three-team trade that shipped Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds and brought top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, center fielder Drew Stubbs and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Feb. 10)

    SP Ubaldo Jimenez
    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Brett Myers
    SP Zach McAllister
    SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
    CP Chris Perez

20. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Key Additions

    RP Mike Gonzalez, RP Burke Badenhop, RP Tom Gorzelanny, P Kelvim Escobar, SS Bobby Crosby, IF Donnie Murphy

     

    Key Losses

    SP Shaun Marcum, RP Jose Veras, RP Francisco Rodriguez, RP Manny Parra, RP Livan Hernandez, RP Fautino De Los Santos, OF Nyjer Morgan, C Yorvit Torrealba

     

    Overview

    With the highest-scoring offense in the National League and a promising young starting rotation behind ace Yovani Gallaro, the biggest need for the Milwaukee Brewers was clearly improving their bullpen.

    Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny were signed as free agents, while Burke Badenhop was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. They should help shore things up in the late innings.

    Losing Shaun Marcum in free agency and trading Zack Greinke at the deadline leaves them with a fairly unproven staff, but they have plenty of upside.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

    SP Yovani Gallardo
    SP Marco Estrada
    SP Michael Fiers
    SP Chris Narveson
    SP Wily Peralta
    CP John Axford

19. Kansas City Royals

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    Key Additions

    SP James Shields, SP Wade Davis, SP Ervin Santana, C George Kottaras, OF Endy Chavez, 1B/OF Xavier Nady, RP Dan Wheeler, RP George Sherill, IF Miguel Tejada, IF Brandon Wood, OF Willy Taveras

     

    Key Losses

    RP Joakim Soria, SP Vin Mazzaro, RF Wil Myers (P), SP Jake Odorizzi (P), SP Mike Montgomery (P), 3B/OF Patrick Leonard (P), 1B Clint Robinson (P)

     

    Overview

    After years of tapping into one of the best farm systems in the major leagues, the Kansas City Royals finally decided to use some of their young, homegrown talent on the trade market this offseason.

    Looking to shore up a weak pitching staff, the Royals dealt two of their top prospects in Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays for starters James Shields and Wade Davis.

    Those two, along with the acquisition of Ervin Santana and re-signing of Jeremy Guthrie, give the Royals a staff that should match their impressive young core of hitters and could give them an outside shot at playoff contention in 2013.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

    SP Bruce Chen
    CP Greg Holland

18. Seattle Mariners

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    Key Additions

    1B/DH Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF Michael Morse, SP Joe Saunders, OF Raul Ibanez, OF Jason Bay, C Kelly Shoppach, IF Robert Andino, C Ronny Paulino, P Jeremy Bonderman, P Jon Garland, 1B Mike Jacobs

     

    Key Losses

    SP Jason Vargas, C John Jaso, IF Chone Figgins, C Miguel Olivo, SP Kevin Millwood, RP George Sherrill, OF Trayvon Robinson

     

    Overview

    After scoring the least runs in the American League the past three seasons, the Seattle Mariners turned their attention to improving the offense this offseason.

    Kendrys Morales was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jason Vargas, and Michael Morse was landed in a three-team trade with the A's and Washington Nationals. They'll immediately boost the team's run-production skills.

    The biggest additions will come from the farm system, though. Starters Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, relievers Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor, shortstop Nick Franklin and catcher Mike Zunino should all see big-league action this coming season.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Joe Saunders
    SP Hisashi Iwakuma 
    SP Erasmo Ramirez
    SP Blake Beavan
    CP Tom Wilhelmsen

17. Boston Red Sox

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    Key Additions

    RF Shane Victorino, 1B Mike Napoli, RP Joel Hanrahan, SP Ryan Dempster, SS Stephen Drew, LF Jonny Gomes, RP Koji Uehara, 1B Lyle Overbay, C David Ross, IF Brock Holt, SP Graham Godfrey, IF/OF Drew Sutton

     

    Key Losses

    RF Cody Ross, RP Mark Melancon, 1B James Loney, OF Scott Podsednik, IF Mike Aviles, IF Ivan DeJesus, 3B Danny Valencia, IF/OF Jerry Sands, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP Aaron Cook, RP Vicente Padilla, RP Rich Hill, RP Scott Atchison, SP Stolmy Pimental (P)

     

    Overview

    After freeing up a ton of payroll in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last August, the Red Sox appeared to be headed for a rebuilding or at least a retooling of their roster.

    Instead, they spent early and often this offseason to bring in a handful of mid-level veterans to fill out the big-league roster and at least put them in a position to be competitive in 2013.

    Still, they appear to have overpaid for guys like Shane Victorino and Ryan Dempster, and they'll need to begin rebuilding long term at some point. Luckily, they have a deep farm system that should begin making an impact this coming year.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

16. Texas Rangers

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    Key Additions

    C A.J. Pierzynski, DH Lance Berkman, RP Jason Frasor, RP Joakim Soria, RP Josh Lindblom, C Geovany Soto, RP Kyle McClellan, UT Jeff Baker, SP Randy Wells, RP Cory Burns, RP Evan Meek, RP Collin Balester, RP Jeff Beliveau, C Eli Whiteside, 1B/OF Brandon Allen, P Nate Robertson

     

    Key Losses

    CF Josh Hamilton, C Mike Napoli, 3B Michael Young, SP Ryan Dempster, RP Mike Adams, RP Koji Uehara, SP Scott Feldman, RP Mark Lowe, P Roy Oswalt

     

    Overview

    It's been a tough offseason for the Texas Rangers. They missed out on offseason targets Zack Greinke, James Shields, Justin Upton and re-signing Josh Hamilton.

    Veteran signings A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman will replace some of the lost offensive production, but they no longer have an offense that is far and away the league's best.

    At some point, they'll get contributions from top prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt, so that could help. They still have a real shot at contention in the AL West.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

15. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Key Additions

    CF Ben Revere, 3B Michael Young, SP John Lannan, RP Mike Adams, RF Delmon Young, RP Chad Durbin, RP Juan Cruz, SP Aaron Cook, C Humberto Quintero, UT Joe Mather, IF Yuniesky Betancourt 

     

    Key Losses

    SP Vance Worley, 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre, OF Nate Schierholtz, IF Ty Wigginton, RP Josh Lindblom, C Brian Schneider, RP Jose Contreras, SP Trevor May (P)

     

    Overview

    The 2013 season may represent the Philadelphia Phillies' final shot at contending for a title before the team starts to rebuild, but if they can stay healthy, the pieces are there.

    Michael Young was acquired from the Rangers to shore up third base, and free-agent signings John Lannan, Mike Adams and Delmon Young should all make a significant impact.

    The big move, though, was the acquisition of speedy outfielder Ben Revere. The Phillies shipped starter Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May to the Twins to shore up center field for the present and future.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

14. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Key Additions

    3B Martin Prado, SP Brandon McCarthy, RF Cody Ross, SP Randall Delgado, SS Cliff Pennington, IF/OF Eric Hinske, IF/OF Eric Chavez, RP Heath Bell, RP Matt Reynolds, RP Tony Sipp, IF/OF Mark Teahen, C Rod Barajas, SS Didi Gregorius (P), SS Nick Ahmed (P), SP Zeke Spruill (P), 3B Brandon Drury (P).

     

    Key Losses

    RF Justin Upton, CF Chris Young, 3B Chris Johnson, RP Matt Albers, RP Bryan Shaw, RP Matt Lindstrom, RP Takashi Saito, C Henry Blanco, SP Trevor Bauer (P), 1B/3B Ryan Wheeler (P)

     

    Overview

    The Arizona Diamondbacks' big move of the offseason was in late January, when they finally pulled the trigger on trading Justin Upton and got a solid package of players from the Atlanta Braves, led by Martin Prado.

    The move of the offseason for them, though, may have been the signing of Brandon McCarthy to a two-year, $15.5 million deal, as he has ace upside.

    Shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius was acquired in a three-team trade that cost them top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, and he's looked at as the future at the position.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

13. New York Yankees

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    Key Additions

    3B Kevin Youkilis, DH Travis Hafner, OF Matt Diaz, OF Juan Rivera, C Bobby Wilson, 1B Dan Johnson

     

    Key Losses

    RF Nick Swisher, RP Rafael Soriano, C Russell Martin, IF Eric Chavez, OF Raul Ibanez, OF Andruw Jones, SP Freddy Garcia, SP Derek Lowe, RP Pedro Feliciano

     

    Overview

    The New York Yankees spent much of their time this offseason re-signing key veteran pieces, bringing back Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki.

    They did add some pieces, though, signing Kevin Youkilis to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez at third base and adding Travis Hafner as a low-cost DH option.

    They're an aging group, but the pieces are still there for contention. If they can stay healthy, they should be right in the thick of things in the AL East once again.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    SS Derek Jeter
    2B Robinson Cano
    1B Mark Teixeira
    CF Curtis Granderson
    3B Kevin Youkilis (Alex Rodriguez out until midseason)
    DH Travis Hafner
    LF Brett Gardner
    C Chris Stewart

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Feb. 10)

    SP CC Sabathia
    SP Hiroki Kuroda 
    SP Andy Pettitte

    SP Phil Hughes
    SP Ivan Nova
    CP Mariano Rivera

12. Baltimore Orioles

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    Key Additions

    IF Alexi Casilla, IF Danny Valencia, 1B Conor Jackson, SP Joel Piniero, RP Adam Russell

     

    Key Losses

    1B Mark Reynolds, SP Joe Saunders, DH Jim Thome, IF/OF Bill Hall, IF Robert Andino, OF Endy Chavez, 1B Nick Johnson, IF Omar Quintanilla, SP Randy Wolf

     

    Overview

    It's been a quiet offseason for a Baltimore Orioles team that pulled off a huge surprise in making the postseason last year.

    Aside from re-signing Nate McLouth to play left field, they haven't made any substantial moves other than from shoring up their bench.

    Alexi Casilla will serve as the backup middle infielder and could wind up starting at second base if Brian Roberts again battles injury. Danny Valencia and Conor Jackson could both also earn bench jobs this spring.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

11. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Key Additions

    RF Wil Myers (P), SS Yunel Escobar, 1B James Loney, 2B Kelly Johnson, RP Jamey Wright, RP Juan Oviedo, RP Roberto Hernandez, OF/DH Shelly Duncan, IF Mike Fontenot, SP Jake Odorizzi (P), SP Mike Montgomery (P), 3B/OF Patrick Leonard

     

    Key Losses

    SP James Shields, CF B.J. Upton, SP Wade Davis, 1B Carlos Pena, IF Jeff Keppinger, RP J.P. Howell, RP Burke Badenhop, OF Ben Francisco, IF Derek Dietrich (P)

     

    Overview

    The Rays finally opted to use their wealth of starting pitching options to improve their offense this offseason, as they dealt James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals for a prospect package built around Wil Myers.

    They also added Kelly Johnson and James Loney in free agency and traded for Yunel Escobar. While those are by no means Earth-shattering moves, they should help give the team some added punch this season.

    The bullpen got a face lift as well, with veterans Jamey Wright, Juan Oviedo and Roberto Hernandez added to compete for spots in what should once again be a solid 'pen.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

10. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Key Additions

    RP Randy Choate, IF Ty Wigginton, IF Ronny Cedeno, C J.R. Towles

     

    Key Losses

    SP Kyle Lohse, 1B Lance Berkman, IF/OF Skip Schumaker, RP Kyle McClellan, RP Brian Fuentes

     

    Overview

    The St. Louis Cardinals didn't need much going into the offseason, with finding a second left-handed reliever on top of their to-do list.

    They found their man in Randy Choate, signing him to a three-year, $7.5 million deal. He'll likely remain one of the league's most often-used relievers.

    They also retooled their bench, trading Skip Schumaker to the Dodgers and signing Ty Wigginton and Ronny Cedeno.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Jaime Garcia
    SP Jake Westbrook
    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Shelby Miller
    CP Jason Motte

9. Oakland Athletics

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    Key Additions

    SS/3B Jed Lowrie, CF Chris Young, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, C John Jaso, RP Chris Resop, RP Fernando Rodriguez, SP Andrew Werner, UT Andy Parrino, 3B Jefry Marte (P)

     

    Key Losses

    SP Brandon McCarthy, 1B/OF Chris Carter, LF Jonny Gomes, SS Stephen Drew, SS Cliff Pennington, 3B Brandon Inge, SP Tyson Ross, C George Kottaras, OF Collin Cowgill, UT Brandon Hicks, SP Graham Godfrey, SP A.J. Cole (P), SP Brad Peacock (P), C Max Stassi (P), SP Blake Treinen (P), S Yordy Cabrera (P)

     

    Overview

    The A's lost a pair of key contributors in Brandon McCarthy and Jonny Gomes in free agency, but they return a terrific young core of players that should set them up to contend for the foreseeable future.

    The hole at shortstop was addressed with the signing of Japanese import Hiroyuki Nakajima, and the team also acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros. He'll see full-time at-bats in a super utility role.

    The young pitching staff should only get better with experience. As long as guys like Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick, who carried the offense last season, don't struggle to duplicate their 2012 success, they should once again be in position to contend for a postseason spot.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

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

     

    2013 Projected Rotation (as of Feb. 10) 

    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

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    Key Additions

    SP Zack Greinke, SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, RP J.P. Howell, IF/OF Skip Schumaker, RP Mark Lowe, RP Kevin Gregg, RP Peter Moylan, C Jesus Flores, RP Rob Rasmussen (P)

     

    Key Losses

    CF Shane Victorino, SP Joe Blanton, RP Randy Choate, RP Todd Coffey, RP Jamey Wright, IF Adam Kennedy, OF Bobby Abreu, OF Juan Rivera, SP John Ely, C Matt Treanor

     

    Overview

    The Dodgers went into the offseason set on finding a frontline starter to slot behind Clayton Kershaw in the team's rotation.

    They also added Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu on a six-year deal, as he'll open the season as the team's No. 4 starter.

    The bullpen will also get a boost from the signing of left-hander J.P. Howell, while Mark Lowe, Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan have an outside shot at making the bullpen as well.

     

    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

7. Atlanta Braves

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    Key Additions

    LF Justin Upton, CF B.J. Upton, RP Jordan Walden, 3B Chris Johnson, C Gerald Laird, UT Blake DeWitt, IF Ramiro Pena, C Matt Pagnozzi

     

    Key Losses

    3B Chipper Jones, CF Michael Bourn, 3B Martin Prado, SP Tommy Hanson, SP Jair Jurrjens, SP Randall Delgado, IF/OF Eric Hinske, C David Ross, UT Jeff Baker, OF Matt Diaz, 1B Lyle Overbay, SP Ben Sheets, RP Chad Durbin, RP Miguel Batista, RP Peter Moylan, SS Nick Ahmed (P), SP Zeke Spruill (P), 3B Brandon Drury (P).

     

    Overview

    The Braves will have to deal with the retirement of future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, but aside from losing him, it's been a big offseason for the Braves.

    The addition of the Upton brothers should bolster what was already a solid lineup, and with the continued development of Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman, it could be among the league's best.

    The team took a chance in dealing Tommy Hanson and Randall Delgado and non-tendering Jair Jurrjens, but if Kris Medlen can pitch like an ace once again and Julio Teheran can live up to his potential, the rotation should be fine.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

6. Los Angeles Angels

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    Key Additions

    RF Josh Hamilton, SP Tommy Hanson, SP Jason Vargas, SP Joe Blanton, RP Ryan Madson, RP Sean Burnett, IF/OF Bill Hall

     

    Key Losses

    SP Zack Greinke, RF Torii Hunter, SP Dan Haren, SP Ervin Santana, 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, IF Maicer Izturis, RP Jordan Walden, RP LaTroy Hawkins, RP Jason Isringhausen

     

    Overview

    A year after spending big to sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the Angels were at it again this spring as they shelled out a a five-year, $125 million deal for slugger Josh Hamilton.

    That was far from their only big offseason move, though, as they completely overhauled their rotation in replacing Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana with Tommy Hanson, Jason Vargas and Joe Blanton.

    They also bolstered their bullpen with the additions of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett, and at least on paper once again appear to be one of the best teams in all of baseball.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

    CP Ryan Madson

5. Cincinnati Reds

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    Key Additions

    CF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jack Hannahan, RP Manny Parra, C Miguel Olivo, IF Cesar Izturis, IF Jason Donald, SP Armando Galarraga

     

    Key Losses

    3B Scott Rolen, CF Drew Stubbs, RP Ryan Madson, C Dioner Navarro, IF Miguel Cairo, SS Didi Gregorius (P)

     

    Overview

    The Reds re-signed a pair of key players this offseason in left fielder Ryan Ludwick and reliever Jonathan Broxton to fill two of their biggest needs.

    Their biggest need, though, was a center fielder capable of serving as a table-setter atop the lineup, and they found their man in Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

    Moving Aroldis Chapman to the rotation will be the story of the spring, and the only other major question is whether or not Scott Rolen will return.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

4. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Key Additions

    SP R.A. Dickey, SS Jose Reyes, SP Josh Johnson, SP Mark Buehrle, LF Melky Cabrera, OF Emilio Bonifacio, IF Maicer Izturis, IF Mark DeRosa, C Henry Blanco, C Mike Nickeas, C Josh Thole, RP Esmil Rogers, RP Jeremy Jeffress

     

    Key Losses

    SP Henderson Alvarez, SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Kelly Johnson, RP Jason Frasor, RP Brandon Lyon, SP/RP Carlos Villanueva, IF Mike Aviles, 1B Yan Gomes, IF Omar Vizquel, C Jeff Mathis, C Bobby Wilson, C Travis d'Arnaud (P), OF Jake Marisnick (P), SP Noah Syndergaard (P), SP Justin Nicolino (P), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (P), SP Anthony DeSclafani (P)

     

    Overview

    No team had a busier offseason than the Blue Jays, as they have gone all-in on winning in the very near future after dealing five of their top prospects this offseason in a pair of blockbuster moves.

    Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio were brought in from the Marlins, while reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey came from the Mets.

    In a competitive AL East, they have a real shot at winning not only the division but the AL pennant if they can avoid injury and everyone produces like they are capable of.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

    SP R.A. Dickey 
    SP Brandon Morrow
    SP Mark Buehrle
    SP Josh Johnson 

    SP Ricky Romero
    CP Casey Janssen

3. Washington Nationals

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    Key Additions

    CF Denard Span, SP Dan Haren, RP Rafael Soriano, RP Jeremy Accardo, SP Ross Ohlendorf, C Chris Snyder, 1B Micah Owings, SP A.J. Cole (P), SP Blake Treinen (P)

     

    Key Losses

    1B/OF Michael Morse, SP Edwin Jackson, RP Sean Burnett, RP Mike Gonzalez, SP John Lannan, RP Tom Gorzelanny, SP Chien-Ming Wang, IF Mark DeRosa, C Jesus Flores, SP Alex Meyer (P)

     

    Overview

    The Nationals entered the offseason with perhaps the best roster in baseball, and it only got better with their offseason additions.

    Denard Span was acquired in a trade with the Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer, and he gives the Nationals the leadoff hitter and center fielder they've needed for years now.

    Dan Haren replaces Edwin Jackson in the team's rotation, and signing closer Rafael Soriano makes the entire bullpen better. All in all, there's not a hole on the roster entering the season, and they are among the teams to beat in the NL.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

2. Detroit Tigers

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    Key Additions

    RF Torii Hunter, C Brayan Pena, SP Shawn Hill, C Ramon Cabrera (P)

     

    Key Losses

    RP Jose Valverde, IF Ryan Raburn, RP Daniel Schlereth, RF Delmon Young, C Gerald Laird, SP Andrew Oliver (P)

     

    Overview

    Re-signing Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million deal was the Detroit Tigers' big move of the offseason, and it gives them one of the best rotations in all of baseball.

    That was not the only big addition, though, as Torii Hunter was signed to a two-year deal to upgrade what was a rough right field situation.

    The biggest story will be who fills the closer's role. Jose Valverde is gone in free agency, and the team has opted to address that vacancy in-house. Prospect Bruce Rondon is the front-runner, but he's far from the only option.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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

1. San Francisco Giants

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    Key Additions

    OF Andres Torres, RP Ramon Ramirez, RP Chad Gaudin, RP Scott Proctor

     

    Key Losses

    RP Brian Wilson, OF Melky Cabrera, 1B/IF Xavier Nady, 1B/OF Aubrey Huff, 2B Freddy Sanchez, IF Ryan Theriot, RP Guillermo Mota, RP Brad Penny

     

    Overview

    The San Francisco Giants' biggest focus this offseason was re-signing their key free agents, as Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt were all brought back on multi-year deals.

    Aside from those signings, the biggest move of the offseason was the non-tendering of All-Star closer Brian Wilson, who still remains without a new team.

    Andres Torres was brought back as well, and he'll platoon in left field with Gregor Blanco with the potential to see plenty of at-bats if he returns to his 2010 form when he had a 6.9 WAR.


    2013 Projected Lineup (as of Feb. 10)

    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 Feb. 10)

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