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Final Grades for All 30 MLB Teams' Offseasons Entering Spring Training

Doug MeadCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2013

Final Grades for All 30 MLB Teams' Offseasons Entering Spring Training

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    MLB teams are now kicking off spring training in Florida and Arizona, officially putting an end to a long offseason.

    While some teams will still work to put finishing touches on their rosters, many others are essentially completed and will be working on seeing the end results of their work.

    As fans across the world familiarize themselves with the new faces on their favorite teams, we will take a look at the changes made by each team.

    A final grade will be assigned for the work that each team did in preparing for a new season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Offseason Arrivals

    1B/OF Lars Anderson - Trade (CLE)
    1B Brandon Drury - Trade (ATL)
    1B/OF Eric Hinske - Free Agent (ATL)
    3B/1B Eric Chavez - Free Agent (NYY)
    3B Martin Prado - Trade (ATL)
    SS Nick Ahmed - Trade (ATL)
    SS Didi Gregorius - Trade (CIN)
    IF Gustavo Nuñez - Waivers (PIT)
    IF Cliff Pennington - Trade (OAK)
    OF Cody Ross - Free Agent (BOS)
    RHP Heath Bell - Trade (MIA)
    RHP Randall Delgado - Trade (ATL)
    RHP Brandon McCarthy - Free Agent (OAK)
    RHP Starling Peralta - Rule 5 (CHC)
    RHP Zeke Spruill - Trade (ATL)
    LHP Matt Reynolds - Trade (COL)
    LHP Tony Sipp - Trade (CLE)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Henry Blanco - Free Agent (TOR)
    C Konrad Schmidt - Waivers (TEX)
    1B/OF Lars Anderson - Waivers (CWS)
    1B/3B Ryan Wheeler - Trade (COL)
    3B Chris Johnson - Trade (ATL)
    IF Yordy Cabrera - Trade (MIA)
    IF Jake Elmore - Waivers (HOU)
    IF Gustavo Nuñez - Rule 5 return (DET)
    OF Ender Inciarte - Rule 5 (PHI)
    OF Justin Upton - Trade (ATL)
    OF Chris Young - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Matt Albers - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Trevor Bauer - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Brad Bergesen - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Sam Demel - Waivers (HOU)
    RHP Matt Lindstrom - Free Agent (CWS)
    RHP Takashi Saito - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Bryan Shaw - Trade (CLE)

    To say that the Arizona Diamondbacks' roster underwent major upheaval this offseason is akin to saying that the Miami Marlins had a slight fire sale.

    Introductions will be in order when the full Diamondbacks roster reports later this week. General manager Kevin Towers reconstructed the left side of his infield (Prado, Gregorius, Pennington). His outfield will look vastly different with the departure of both Young and Upton and the arrival of Ross as well.

    Brandon McCarthy will attempt to keep his shoulder healthy in the heat of the desert, hopefully adding some punch to the starting rotation. The bullpen received a makeover as well, with Bell, Reynolds and Sipp added to help support closer J.J. Putz.

    No question that Towers earned his paycheck this winter.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: A-

    The changes made by Towers reflect the fact that Arizona was not happy with a team that underperformed in 2012. Prado has already agreed to a new four-year extension, an indication that he certainly likes what he sees for the future in the desert.

    Former San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad once referred to Towers—his former GM— as a "gunslinger," during his time there.

    He certainly lived up to that moniker this winter with Arizona.

Atlanta Braves

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Gerald Laird - Free Agent (DET)
    3B/1B Chris Johnson - Trade (ARI)
    IF Ramiro Peña - Free Agent (NYY)
    OF Jordan Schafer - Waivers (HOU)
    OF B.J. Upton - Free Agent (TB)
    OF Justin Upton - Trade (ARI)
    RHP David Carpenter - Waivers (BOS)
    RHP Jordan Walden - Trade (LAA)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C David Ross - Free Agent (BOS)
    1B Brandon Drury - Trade (ARI)
    1B/OF Eric Hinske - Free Agent (ARI)
    1B Lyle Overbay - Free Agent (BOS)
    3B/OF Martin Prado - Trade (ARI)
    SS Nick Ahmed - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Miguel Batista - Free Agent (COL)
    RHP Randall Delgado - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Chad Durbin - Free Agent (PHI)
    RHP Tommy Hanson - Trade (LAA)
    RHP Jair Jurrjens - Free Agent (BAL)
    RHP Peter Moylan - Free Agent (LAD)
    RHP Zeke Spruill - Trade (ARI)

    The biggest change for the Braves will be seen in the outfield, as the Upton brothers begin a new era in Atlanta.

    With an outfield dubbed "Up, Up and a Hey,” brothers B.J. and Justin join young slugger Jason Heyward to form what could be a lethal trio in Atlanta for years to come.

    The trade to acquire brother Justin was costly, however. The Braves gave up Martin Prado and young hurler Randall Delgado in the process. The Braves attempted to sign Prado to a long-term contract but just weren't willing to commit to an average annual value in the eight-digit range.

    Atlanta will now use Johnson and Juan Francisco at third base. Francisco shined during winter ball but has yet to fully impress at the major-league level.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B+

    Losing Prado will hurt, but if Justin Upton can regain the form that saw him hit 31 homers in 2011, the sting will be less painful. The Braves lost two starting pitchers in Delgado and Hanson, but if Julio Teheran steps up as the No. 5 starter, that loss won't be painful, either.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Luis Martinez - Waivers (TEX)
    3B Danny Valencia - Trade (BOS)
    IF Alexi Casilla - Waivers (MIN)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (NYY)
    IF/OF Yamaico Navarro - Trade (PIT)
    OF Trayvon Robinson - Trade (SEA)
    RHP Jair Jurrjens - Free Agent (ATL)
    RHP Todd Redmond - Waivers (CIN)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B Joe Mahoney - Waivers (MIA)
    1B Mark Reynolds - Free Agent (CLE)
    IF Robert Andino - Trade (SEA)
    IF Omar Quintanilla - Free Agent (NYM)
    IF/OF Bill Hall - Free Agent (LAA)
    OF Endy Chavez - Free Agent (KC)
    RHP Jhondaniel Medina - Trade (PIT)
    LHP T.J. McFarland - Rule 5 (CLE)
    LHP Joe Saunders - Free Agent (SEA)

    After making the postseason for the first time in 15 seasons, the Orioles were strangely quiet this offseason.

    Only one new free agent (Jurrjens) was signed to a major-league deal, and he's coming off a season in which he posted a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts.

    General manager Dan Duquette re-signed Nate McLouth to help in left field and made a few low-impact trades for players who will likely have little impact.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: D

    It took terrific records in extra-inning and one-run games for the Orioles to pull off a 93-win last season—making relatively minor tweaks to the roster just doesn't make sense.

Boston Red Sox

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C David Ross - Free Agent (ATL)
    C/1B Mike Napoli - Free Agent (TEX)
    1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (LAD)
    2B Jeff Kobernus - Rule 5 (WAS)
    SS Stephen Drew - Free Agent (OAK)
    IF Brock Holt - Trade (PIT)
    OF Jonny Gomes - Free Agent (OAK)
    OF Shane Victorino - Free Agent (LAD)
    RHP David Carpenter - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Rubby De La Rosa - Trade (LAD)
    RHP Ryan Dempster - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP Graham Godfrey - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Joel Hanrahan - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Kyle Kaminska - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (MIA); 2x: Waivers (OAK)
    RHP Koji Uehara - Free Agent (TEX)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B James Loney - Free Agent (TB)
    1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (PIT)
    2B Jeff Kobernus - Trade (DET)
    3B Danny Valencia - Trade (BOS)
    IF Mike Aviles - Trade (TOR)
    IF Ivan De Jesus Jr. - Trade (PIT)
    OF Che-Hsuan Lin - Waivers (HOU)
    OF Cody Ross - Free Agent (ARI)
    RHP Scott Atchison - Free Agent (NYM)
    RHP David Carpenter - Waivers (ATL)
    RHP Josh Fields - Rule 5 (HOU)
    RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka - Free Agent (CLE)
    RHP Mark Melancon - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Vicente Padilla - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Stolmy Pimentel - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Ryan Pressly - Rule 5 (MIN)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Trade (OAK); 2x: Waivers (CHC)
    RHP Zach Stewart - Trade (PIT)
    LHP Rich Hill - Free Agent (CLE)

    New Red Sox manager John Farrell will be spending time early in spring training getting to know his new charges, including quite a few new faces.

    Several veteran players were brought in on short-term deals. Hanrahan and Uehara will help to bolster the bullpen, while Dempster will attempt to improve on an inauspicious start in the American League last year with the Texas Rangers.

     

    Offseason Final Grade: C+

    General manager Ben Cherington's second offseason was spent constructing a roster with the short term in mind, reversing the trend of long-term contracts seen in the final years of Theo Epstein's tenure.

    Whether his decisions vastly improved a roster that saw its worst season since 1965 remains to be seen.

Chicago Cubs

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Dioner Navarro - Free Agent (CIN)
    OF Scott Hairston - Free Agent (NYM)
    OF Nate Schierholtz - Free Agent (PHI)
    RHP Scott Baker - Free Agent (MIN)
    RHP Marcelo Carreno - Trade (DET)
    RHP Scott Feldman - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP Kyuji Fujikawa - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Carlos Gutierrez - Waivers (MIN)
    RHP Edwin Jackson - Free Agent (WAS)
    RHP Barret Loux - Trade (TEX)
    RHP Hector Rondon - Rule V (CLE)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (BOS)
    RHP Zach Putnam - Waivers (COL)
    RHP Carlos Villanueva - Free Agent (TOR)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Anthony Recker - Waivers (NYM)
    1B/OF Bryan LaHair - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Jacob Brigham - Trade (TEX)
    RHP Starling Peralta - Rule 5 (ARI)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (SF)
    RHP Miguel Socolovich - Free Agent (Japan)
    RHP Chris Volstad - Waivers (KC)
    LHP Jeff Beliveau - Waivers (TEX)

    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein embarked on his second offseason in Chicago with the goal of sticking to his long-range plan of success.

    Hairston was an excellent pick-up, adding pop in right field against left-handed batters. Jackson, Feldman, Villanueva and Baker may help improve the rotation, but they won't conjure up images of a formidable starting quartet.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C

    Certainly nothing sexy about the offseason for the Cubs, and fans will continue to have to be patient and trust in Epstein's long-term vision.

Chicago White Sox

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    Offseason Arrivals

    1B/OF Lars Anderson - Waivers (ARI)
    1B Mark Tracy - Trade (COL)
    IF Jeff Keppinger - Free Agent (TB)
    IF Angel Sanchez - Rule 5 (LAA)
    OF Blake Tekotte - Trade (SD)
    RHP Matt Lindstrom - Free Agent (ARI)
    RHP Zach Stewart - Waivers (PIT)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C A.J. Pierzynski - Free Agent (TEX)
    1B Dan Johnson - Free Agent (NYY)
    3B Kevin Youkilis - Free Agent (NYY)
    IF Jose Lopez - Free Agent (Yomiuri-Japan)
    OF Kenneth Williams - Trade (CWS)
    RHP Phil Humber - Waivers (HOU)
    RHP Brandon Kloess - Trade (SD)
    RHP Brett Myers - Free Agent (CLE)
    RHP Zach Stewart - Waivers (PIT)
    LHP Francisco Liriano - Free Agent (PIT)

    The White Sox may end up ruing the loss of Pierzynski, who takes his career-high 27 home runs to Texas. Peavy was paid handsomely to return on a two-year deal and Keppinger will attempt to replicate a terrific 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C+

    Losing Pierzynski leaves Adam Dunn as the only power bat from the left side. New general manager Rick Hahn will roll the dice with the unproven Tyler Flowers behind the plate. All in all, the White Sox will again be challenged to compete with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Offseason Arrivals

    3B/1B Jack Hannahan - Free Agent (CLE)
    IF Jason Donald - Trade (CLE)
    OF Shin-Soo Choo - Trade (CLE)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Dioner Navarro - Free Agent (CHC)
    SS Didi Gregorius - Trade (ARI)
    OF Drew Stubbs - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Ryan Madson - Free Agent (LAA)
    RHP Todd Redmond - Waivers (BAL)

    The Reds answered concerns in the leadoff spot with the acquisition of Choo. However, Choo will be challenged defensively as he takes over in center field for Stubbs.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B

    The Reds didn't need to do much in improving on a roster that won 97 games last season. Choo will be a vast improvement at the top of the order.

Cleveland Indians

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C/IF Yan Gomes - Trade (TOR)
    1B Mike McDade - Waivers (TOR)
    1B Chris McGuiness - Rule 5 (TEX)
    1B Mark Reynolds - Free Agent (BAL)
    IF Mike Aviles - Trade (TOR)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (TOR)
    OF Quincy Latimore - Trade (PIT)
    OF Drew Stubbs - Trade (CIN)
    OF Nick Swisher - Free Agent (NYY)
    RHP Matt Albers - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Trevor Bauer - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Brett Myers - Free Agent (CWS)
    RHP Bryan Shaw - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Blake Wood - Waivers (KC)

     

    Offseason Departures

    DH Travis Hafner - Free Agent (NYY)
    1B/OF Lars Anderson - Trade (ARI)
    3B/1B Jack Hannahan - Free Agent (CIN)
    IF Jason Donald - Trade (CIN)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (TOR) / (NYY)
    OF Shin-Soo Choo - Trade (CIN)
    RHP Jeanmar Gomez - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Roberto Hernandez - Free Agent (TB)
    RHP Esmil Rogers - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Hector Rondon - Rule 5 (CHC)
    LHP Scott Maine - Waivers (TOR)
    LHP T.J. McFarland - Rule 5 (BAL)
    LHP Tony Sipp - Trade (ARI)

    General manager Chris Antonetti was creative in rebuilding the Cleveland Indians roster. One-year deals for Reynolds and Myers helped to improve the offense and rotation. The acquisition of Bauer was bold, but could yield positive results for the future.

    Swisher brings along a solid bat and a winning attitude as well.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: A

    Easily one of the most active teams this offseason, the Indians may still have questions in their rotation unless Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez can bounce back from disappointing 2012 seasons. However, Antonetti did a terrific job in adding pieces of value.

    Adding Michael Bourn on a four-year, $48 million deal on Monday night was the coup de gras for the Indians.

Colorado Rockies

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    Offseason Arrivals

    1B/3B Ryan Wheeler - Trade (ARI)
    OF Kenneth Williams - Trade (CWS)
    RHP Wilton Lopez - Trade (HOU)
    LHP Daniel Rosenbaum - Rule 5 (WAS)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B Jason Giambi - Free Agent (CLE)
    1B Mark Tracy - Trade (CWS)
    IF Tommy Field - Waivers (MIN)
    RHP Alex Gillingham - Trade (HOU)
    RHP Guillermo Moscoso - Waivers (KC)
    RHP Josh Roenicke - Waivers (MIN)
    RHP Alex White - Trade (HOU)
    RHP Coty Woods - Rule 5 (TEX)
    LHP Matt Reynolds - Trade (ARI)
    LHP Jonathan Sanchez - Free Agent (PIT)

    Baffling would be the word to describe the Rockies' offseason.

    Coming off a 98-loss season, no significant changes were made, save for acquiring Lopez for the bullpen.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: F

    Relying on the same pitchers who contributed to the worst ERA in the majors last year is not a winning recipe.

Detroit Tigers

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Ramon Cabrera - Trade (PIT)
    2B Jeff Kobernus - Trade (BOS)
    IF Gustavo Nuñez - Rule 5 Return (ARI)
    OF Torii Hunter - Free Agent (LAA)
    LHP Kyle Lobstein - Trade (NYM)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Gerald Laird - Free Agent (ATL)
    IF/OF Justin Henry - Trade (BOS)
    OF Delmon Young - Free Agent (PHI)
    RHP Marcelo Carreno - Trade (CHC)
    LHP Andy Oliver - Trade (PIT)
    LHP Daniel Schlereth - Free Agent (BAL)

    Adding Hunter and signing Sanchez certainly sent a signal to Detroit Tigers fans that they are serious about returning a World Series to Motown.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B

    The Tigers didn't have to do much. Hunter is a legitimate offensive threat even at the age of 37 and coming off a year in which he hit .313 for the Los Angeles Angels. A healthy Victor Martinez will aid the Tigers offense as well.

Houston Astros

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Max Stassi - Trade (OAK)
    1B/OF Chris Carter - Trade (OAK)
    1B Carlos Peña - Free Agent (TB)
    IF Jake Elmore - Waivers (ARI)
    OF Che-Hsuan Lin - Waivers (BOS)
    RHP Sam Demel - Waivers (ARI)
    RHP John Ely - Trade (LAD)
    RHP Josh Fields - Rule V (BOS)
    RHP Alex Gillingham - Trade (COL)
    RHP Phil Humber - Waivers (CWS)
    RHP Brad Peacock - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Mickey Storey - Waivers (NYY)
    RHP Jose Veras - Free Agent (MIL)
    RHP Alex White - Trade (COL)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Chris Snyder - Free Agent (WAS)
    IF Jed Lowrie - Trade (OAK)
    OF Jordan Schafer - Waivers (ATL)
    RHP Arcenio Leon - Waivers (MIL)
    RHP Wilton Lopez - Trade (COL)
    RHP Fernando Rodriguez - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Mickey Storey - Waivers (NYY)/ Waivers (TOR)
    LHP Rob Rasmussen - Trade (LAD)

    The Houston Astros certainly stockpiled this offseason, continuing a trend dating back to July 2010 when they traded Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies.

    While they've significantly upgraded a farm system that had long been neglected, they've also assembled a major-league roster that will struggle to both score and prevent runs in 2013.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C-

    It's hard to say the Astros failed, given the fact that it will take several years to properly assess the overall value of their many transactions.

    But the 2013 season promises to be long nonetheless.

Kansas City Royals

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Brett Hayes - Waivers (MIA)
    C George Kottaras - Waivers (OAK)
    RHP Wade Davis - Trade (TB)
    RHP Guillermo Moscoso - Waivers (COL)
    RHP Ervin Santana - Trade (LAA)
    RHP Luis Santos - Trade (PIT)
    RHP James Shields - Trade (TB)
    RHP Chris Volstad - Waivers (CHC)
    LHP Luis Rico - Trade (PIT)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B Clint Robinson - Trade (PIT)
    3B Patrick Leonard - Trade (TB)
    IF Tony Abreu - Waivers (SF)
    OF Wil Myers - Trade (TB)
    RHP Jeremy Jeffress - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Vin Mazzaro - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Jake Odorizzi - Trade (TB)
    RHP Joakim Soria - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP Blake Wood - Waivers (CLE)
    LHP Tommy Hottovy - Trade (TEX)
    LHP Mike Montgomery - Trade (TB)
    LHP Brandon Sisk - Trade (LAA)

    Much of the success for the Kansas City Royals in 2013 will hinge upon the deal made with the Tampa Bay Rays. Acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis should significantly improve their starting rotation, along with the trade that brought over Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.

    But was it too much a price to pay? If prospect outfielder Wil Myers strikes gold for the Rays, it may be years before GM Dayton Moore lives down that deal.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B

    Trading Myers was a gamble, but one that could pay off in the short term for the Royals, who haven't made the postseason since 1985.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Offseason Arrivals

    IF Tommy Field - Waivers (MIN)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (SEA)
    OF Josh Hamilton - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP Joe Blanton - Free Agent (LAD)
    RHP Tommy Hanson - Trade (ATL)
    RHP Ryan Madson - Free Agent (CIN)
    LHP Sean Burnett - Free Agent (WAS)
    LHP Brandon Sisk - Trade (KC)
    LHP Jason Vargas - Trade (SEA)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Bobby Wilson - Waivers (TOR)
    1B Kendrys Morales - Trade (SEA)
    IF Maicer Izturis - Free Agent (TOR)
    IF Angel Sanchez - Rule 5 (CWS)
    OF Torii Hunter - Free Agent (DET)
    RHP Zack Greinke - Free Agent (LAD)
    RHP Dan Haren - Free Agent (WAS)
    RHP LaTroy Hawkins - Free Agent (NYM)
    RHP Ervin Santana - Trade (KC)
    RHP Jordan Walden - Trade (ATL)

    If Hamilton helps deliver the Los Angeles Angels back to the postseason for the first time in four years, general manager Jerry Dipoto will look like a genius.

    Hamilton, however, comes with several question marks along with his high purchase price.

    Dipoto also traded for Hanson and Vargas and signed Blanton to replace Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. On paper, it looks like the Angels are weaker.

    However, Greinke, Haren and Santana combined for a 4.27 ERA and 84 ERA+ in 2012. The new trio of Hanson, Vargas and Blanton combined for a 4.32 ERA and 87 ERA+.

    The jury is still out on that.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B+

    Dipoto also bolstered his bullpen with the additions of Madson and Burnett. Overall, the Angels appear to be well-positioned to make a run at that elusive postseason berth.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Offseason Arrivals

    2B/OF Skip Schumaker - Trade (STL)
    RHP Zack Greinke - Free Agent (LAA)
    LHP J.P. Howell - Free Agent (TB)
    LHP Rob Rasmussen - Trade (HOU)
    LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu - Free Agent (S. Korea)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B/OF Juan Rivera - Free Agent (NYY)
    1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (BOS)
    SS/2B Jake Lemmerman - Trade (STL)
    OF Alfredo Silverio - Rule 5 (MIA)
    OF Shane Victorino - Free Agent (BOS)
    RHP Joe Blanton - Free Agent (LAA)
    RHP Rubby De La Rosa - Trade (BOS)
    RHP John Ely - Trade (HOU)
    RHP Jamey Wright - Free Agent (TB)
    LHP Randy Choate - Free Agent (STL)

     

    You think the Dodgers overspent this offseason? Not to worry, just one year of revenue from their new TV contract takes care of that.

    With over $600 million in player contracts added since last July, the Dodgers are clearly on an island. Whether those changes bring a World Series title back to LA is anyone's guess.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B+

    On paper, it's hard to fault the Dodgers' transactions. Were Greinke and League both overpays? Yes, but for the Dodgers, overpaying became in vogue.

Miami Marlins

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Jeff Mathis - Trade (TOR)
    1B Joe Mahoney - Waivers (BAL)
    3B Placido Polanco - Free Agent (PHI)
    SS/2B Derek Dietrich - Trade (TB)
    SS/3B Yunel Escobar - Trade (TOR)
    IF Yordy Cabrera - Trade (ARI)
    IF Adeiny Hechavarria - Trade (TOR)
    OF Jake Marisnick - Trade (TOR)
    OF Juan Pierre - Free Agent (PHI)
    OF Alfredo Silverio - Rule 5 (LAD)
    RHP Henderson Alvarez - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Anthony DeScalfani - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Sam Dyson - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Jon Rauch - Free Agent (NYM)
    LHP Braulio Lara - Rule 5 (TB)
    LHP Scott Maine - Waivers (TOR)
    LHP Justin Nicolino - Trade (TOR)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C John Buck - Trade (TOR)
    C Brett Hayes - Waivers (KC)
    SS Yunel Escobar - Trade (TB)
    SS Jose Reyes - Trade (TOR)
    IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio - Trade (TOR)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Heath Bell - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Chad Gaudin - Free Agent (SF)
    RHP Josh Johnson - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo - Free Agent (MIA)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (BOS)
    LHP Mark Buehrle - Trade (TOR)

    It's believed that Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, Larry Beinfest and Michael Hill are still defending the Miami Marlins fire sale.

    Loria might even hire back Jack McKeon just for the sole purpose of offering up excuses as well.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: F

    Seriously, were you really expecting a better assessment?

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Offseason Arrivals

    RHP Burke Badenhop - Trade (TB)
    RHP Arcenio Leon - Waivers (HOU)
    LHP Mike Gonzalez - Free Agent (WAS)
    LHP Tom Gorzelanny - Free Agent (WAS)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Yorvit Torrealba - Free Agent (COL)
    OF Raul Mondesi Jr. - Trade (TB)
    RHP Fautino De Los Santos - Waivers (SD)
    RHP Shaun Marcum - Free Agent (NYM)
    LHP Manny Parra - Free Agent (CIN))

    The Milwaukee Brewers bolstered a shaky bullpen with the acquisitions of Badenhop, Gonzalez and Gorzellany. Re-signing Alex Gonzalez adds insurance for rookie shortstop Jean Segura as well.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C

    Failing to add anyone to the starting rotation could be the Brewers' undoing in 2013. Beyond Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers are rolling the dice with Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta. While there's promise among that quartet, it's a stretch to think that all can be successful.

Minnesota Twins

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    Offseason Arrivals

    IF Tommy Field - Waivers (COL)
    RHP Kevin Correia - Free Agent (PIT)
    RHP Alex Meyer - Trade (WAS)
    RHP Josh Roenicke - Waivers (COL)
    RHP Trevor May - Trade (PHI)
    RHP Mike Pelfrey - Free Agent (NYM)
    RHP Ryan Pressly - Rule 5 (BOS)
    RHP Vance Worley - Trade (PHI)

     

    Offseason Departures

    IF Alexi Casilla - Waivers (BAL)
    IF Tommy Field - Waivers (LAA)
    OF Ben Revere - Trade (PHI)
    OF Denard Span - Trade (WAS)
    RHP Scott Baker - Free Agent (CHC)
    RHP Matt Capps - Free Agent (CLE)
    RHP C. Gutierrez - Waivers (CHC)

    Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan spent the offseason attempting to bolster a starting rotation that was abysmal in 2012.

    Attempting being the operative word here.

    Correia, Pelfrey and Worley were added, and May and Meyer figure to have value sometime in the near future.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C-

    Ryan may have gone after pitching, but whether it's better is debatable. Giving up both Revere and Span was a huge price to pay for future pitching as well.

New York Mets

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C John Buck - Trade (TOR)
    C Travis d'Arnaud - Trade (TOR)
    C Anthony Recker - Waivers (CHC)
    IF Brandon Hicks - Trade (OAK)
    OF Wuilmer Becerra - Trade (TOR)
    OF Collin Cowgill - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Brandon Lyon - Free Agent (TOR)
    RHP Shaun Marcum - Free Agent (MIL)
    RHP Noah Syndergaard - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Scott Atchison - Free Agent (BOS)
    RHP LaTroy Hawkins - Free Agent (LAA)
    LHP Kyle Lobstein - Rule 5 (TB)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Mike Nickeas - Trade (TOR)
    C Kelly Shoppach - Free Agent (SEA)
    C Josh Thole - Trade (TOR)
    3B Jefry Marte - Trade (OAK)
    SS Ronny Cedeño - Free Agent (STL)
    OF Scott Hairston - Free Agent (CHC)
    OF Andres Torres - Free Agent (SF)
    RHP Manny Acosta - Free Agent (Yomiuri-Japan)
    RHP R.A. Dickey - Trade (TOR)
    RHP Mike Pelfrey - Free Agent (MIN)
    RHP Ramon Ramirez - Free Agent (SF)
    RHP Jon Rauch - Free Agent (MIA)
    LHP Kyle Lobstein - Trade (DET)

    The New York Mets were unable to add free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn, losing out to the Cleveland Indians.

    Still, the Mets may not have helped themselves this coming season with offseason transactions, but the future is bright courtesy of the trade of R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C

    In terms of the immediate future, the Mets did nothing to help themselves. In terms of the long-term future, it's hard to argue the Mets didn't get great value in dealing Dickey.

    Doing nothing to upgrade their outfield seriously counts against them as well.

New York Yankees

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers (SF)
    C Bobby Wilson - Free Agent (TOR)
    DH Travis Hafner - Free Agent (CLE)
    3B Kevin Youkilis - Free Agent (CWS)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (CLE)
    RHP David Herndon - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Jim Miller - Waivers (OAK)
    RHP Mickey Storey - Waivers (HOU)
    LHP Josh Spence - Waivers (SD)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Russell Martin - Free Agent (PIT)
    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers (TOR)
    3B/1B Eric Chavez - Free Agent (ARI)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (BAL)
    OF Raul Ibañez - Free Agent (SEA)
    OF Andruw Jones - Free Agent (Rakuten-Japan)
    OF Nick Swisher - Free Agent (CLE)
    RHP Freddy Garcia - Free Agent (SD)
    RHP Brad Meyers - Rule V Return (WAS)
    RHP Rafael Soriano - Free Agent (WAS)
    RHP Mickey Storey - Waivers (HOU)
    RHP Cory Wade - Waivers (TOR)
    LHP Pedro Feliciano - Free Agent (NYM)

    The New York Yankees spent the offseason signing a couple of 30-somethings with health issues (Youkilis, Hafner), their own 30-something free-agents (Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda) and even a couple of 40-somethings (Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera).

    Maybe they could have talked 50-year-old David Cone into coming out of retirement as well.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C-

    The Yankees may have returned a solid core of veterans, but it's a core that's a year older and grayer.

Oakland Athletics

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C John Jaso - Trade (SEA)
    3B Jefry Marte - Trade (NYM)
    SS Hiroyuki Nakajima - Free Agent (Japan)
    IF Jed Lowrie - Trade (HOU)
    IF Andy Parrino - Trade (SD)
    OF Chris Young - Trade (ARI)
    RHP Chris Resop - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Fernando Rodriguez - Trade (HOU)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Trade (BOS)
    LHP Andrew Werner - Trade (SD)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C George Kottaras - Waivers (KC)
    C Max Stassi - Trade (HOU)
    1B/OF Chris Carter - Trade (HOU)
    1B A.J. Kirby-Jones - Trade (SD)
    SS Stephen Drew - Free Agent (BOS)
    IF Yordy Cabrera - Trade (MIA via ARI)
    IF Brandon Hicks - Trade (NYM)
    OF Collin Cowgill - Trade (NYM)
    OF Jonny Gomes - Free Agent (BOS)
    OF Cliff Pennington - Trade (ARI)
    RHP A.J. Cole - Trade (WAS)
    RHP Graham Godfrey - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Brandon McCarthy - Free Agent (ARI)
    RHP Jim Miller - Waivers (NYY)
    RHP Brad Peacock - Trade (HOU)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (BOS)
    RHP Tyson Ross - Trade (SD)
    RHP Zach Thornton - Trade (PIT)
    RHP Blake Treinen - Trade (WAS)

    Definitely a lot of activity for the AL West-champ A's this past offseason. Jaso, Young and Lowrie add punch to the offense, and Nakajima could be a real steal if his game translates well on American soil.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B+

    General manager Billy Beane didn't stand pat and rest on his laurels. Eight trades involving 25 players would hardly be called standing pat.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Offseason Arrivals

    3B Michael Young - Trade (TEX)
    OF Ender Inciarte - Rule 5 (ARI)
    OF Ben Revere - Trade (MIN)
    OF Delmon Young - Free Agent (DET)
    RHP Mike Adams - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP Chad Durbin - Free Agent (ATL)
    LHP John Lannan - Free Agent (WAS)
    LHP Mauricio Robles - Waivers (SEA)

     

    Offseason Departures

    3B Placido Polanco - Free Agent (MIA)
    IF/OF Ty Wigginton - Free Agent (STL)
    OF Juan Pierre - Free Agent (MIA)
    OF Nate Schierholtz - Free Agent (CHC)
    RHP Lisalverto Bonilla - Trade (TEX)
    RHP Tyson Brummett - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP David Herndon - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Josh Lindblom - Trade (TEX)
    RHP Trevor May - Trade (MIN)
    RHP Vance Worley - Trade (MIN)

    The Philadelphia Phillies were looking straight down the barrel of the luxury-tax threshold at the start of the offseason. It seemed that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would have a difficult time not going well over that threshold in trying to upgrade his roster.

    However, Amaro pulled off some sweet deals. He acquired Revere, who is under team control for the next five seasons. He acquired Young and convinced the Texas Rangers to pay $10 million of the $16 million he's owed in 2013. He signed Young for less than a million, and he had enough to pay both Adams and Lannan to bolster his pitching staff.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: A-

    Considering the financial restraints caused by bloated contracts for current veterans, Amaro gets huge street cred for creativity. It still may not be enough to keep up with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in the NL East, but Amaro gets big points for at least trying.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Offseason Arrivals

    C Russell Martin - Free Agent (NYY)
    C Ali Solis - Waivers (SD)
    1B Clint Robinson - Trade (KC)
    1B/OF Jerry Sands - Trade (BOS)
    IF Ivan De Jesus Jr. - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Chad Beck - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Jeanmar Gomez - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Vin Mazzaro - Trade (KC)
    RHP Jhondaniel Medina - Trade (BAL)
    RHP Mark Melancon - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Stolmy Pimentel - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Zach Stewart - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Zach Thornton - Trade (OAK)
    LHP Francisco Liriano - Free Agent (CWS)
    LHP Andy Oliver - Trade (DET)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Rod Barajas - Free Agent (ARI)
    C Ramon Cabrera - Trade (DET)
    IF Brock Holt - Trade (BOS)
    IF Gustavo Nuñez - Waivers (ARI)
    IF/OF Yamaico Navarro - Trade (BAL)
    OF Quincy Latimore - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Chad Beck - Waivers (TOR)
    RHP Kevin Correia - Free Agent (MIN)
    RHP Joel Hanrahan - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Kyle Kaminska - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Chad Qualls - Free Agent (MIA)
    RHP Chris Resop - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Luis Santos - Trade (KC)
    RHP Zach Stewart - Trade (CWS)
    LHP Luis Rico - Trade (KC)

    Props to Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington for signing away Russell Martin from the fat-cat New York Yankees. Martin will add punch to an offense sorely in need.

    However, losing Hanrahan hurt, and the return likely won't pay off in the near future unless Sands suddenly finds major-league pitching to his liking.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B-

    More offense beyond Martin would have helped, but the Pirates at least showed a willingness to spend after years of crying poor-mouth.

San Diego Padres

24 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    1B A.J. Kirby-Jones - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Wilfredo Boscan - Trade (TEX)
    RHP Fautino De Los Santos - Waivers (MIL)
    RHP Brandon Kloess - Trade (CWS)
    RHP Tyson Ross - Trade (OAK)
    LHP Chris Rearick - Trade (TB)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Ali Solis - Waivers (PIT)
    1B Nate Freiman - Rule 5 (HOU)
    1B/2B Vince Belnome - Trade (TB)
    IF Andy Parrino - Trade (OAK)
    OF Blake Tekotte - Trade (CWS)
    RHP Cory Burns - Trade (TEX)
    LHP Josh Spence - Waivers (NYY)
    LHP Andrew Werner - Trade (OAK)

    For a new ownership group that promised changes from the previous regime, Padres fans had to feel a sense of deja vu.

    The biggest transaction of the offseason was bringing back starting pitcher Jason Marquis on a one-year, $3 million deal.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: D-

    A series of minor-league contracts and low-impact trades was not what fans envisioned for sure. Management can talk all they want about not wanting to enter a free-agent market where overpaying was the rule.

    However, doing nothing whatsoever was an unacceptable option—at least for fans who expected much more.

San Francisco Giants

25 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    IF Tony Abreu - Waivers (KC)
    OF Andres Torres - Free Agent (NYM)
    RHP Sandy Rosario - Waivers (CHC)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers (NYY)
    1B/OF Xavier Nady - Free Agent (KC)
    OF Melky Cabrera - Free Agent (TOR)

    The San Francisco Giants may not have done much in terms of adding, but they did well in retaining their own.

    Marco Scutaro, Jeremy Affeldt and Angel Pagan were all retained, and former World Series hero Andres Torres joined them as well.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B-

    It wasn't sexy, but the Giants took care of their own in returning a roster largely intact.

Seattle Mariners

26 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    C Kelly Shoppach - Free Agent (NYM)
    1B Kendrys Morales - Trade (LAA)
    1B/OF Michael Morse - Trade (WAS)
    OF Jason Bay - Free Agent (NYM)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (TOR)
    OF Raul Ibañez - Free Agent (NYY)
    LHP Joe Saunders - Free Agent (BAL)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C John Jaso - Trade (OAK)
    C Miguel Olivo - Free Agent (CIN)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (LAA)
    LHP Mauricio Robles - Waivers (PHI)
    LHP George Sherrill - Free Agent (KC)
    LHP Jason Vargas - Trade (LAA)

    The Mariners took steps to address an impotent offense. Morse, Morales, Ibanez and Bay will do their level-best to get the Mariners out of the run-scoring cellar in the American League.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B

    Whether general manager Jack Zduriencik did enough to make the Mariners competitive in the AL West remains to be seen. Morse and Morales should help provide extra offense. Ibanez at 40 years of age will attempt to rekindle a flame in the place he called home for 10 seasons.

    The recent signing of Saunders helps cover the loss of Vargas as well.

St. Louis Cardinals

27 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    SS/2B Jake Lemmerman - Trade (LAD)
    IF Ronny Cedeño - Free Agent (NYM)
    IF/OF Ty Wigginton - Free Agent (PHI)
    LHP Randy Choate - Free Agent (LAD)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B Lance Berkman - Free Agent (TEX)
    2B/OF Skip Schumaker - Trade (LAD)

    The St. Louis Cardinals did not feel the need to make major changes after winning 88 games and making the postseason. The biggest add was acquiring Choate to complement fellow southpaw Marc Rzepczynski in the bullpen.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: B-

    The Cardinals certainly can't be faulted for bringing back a team that achieved success last year. With the money saved in not retaining Berkman or Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals will have financial flexibility to make upgrades during the season as well.

Tampa Bay Rays

28 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    1B/2B Vince Belnome - Trade (SD)
    1B James Loney - Free Agent (BOS)
    2B Kelly Johnson - Free Agent (TOR)
    3B Patrick Leonard - Trade (KC)
    SS Yunel Escobar - Trade (MIA)
    OF Raul Mondesi Jr. - Trade (MIL)
    OF Wil Myers - Trade (KC)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B Carlos Peña - Free Agent (HOU)
    SS/2B Derek Dietrich - Trade (MIA)
    IF Brooks Conrad - Free Agent (Japan)
    IF Jeff Keppinger - Free Agent (CWS)
    OF Ben Francisco - Free Agent (CLE)
    OF B.J. Upton - Free Agent (ATL)
    RHP Burke Badenhop - Trade (MIL)
    RHP Jake Odorizzi - Trade (KC)
    LHP J.P. Howell - Free Agent (LAD)
    LHP Braulio Lara - Rule 5 (MIA)
    LHP Kyle Lobstein - Rule 5 (NYM)
    LHP Mike Montgomery - Trade (KC)
    LHP Chris Rearick - Trade (SD)

    The Tampa Bay Rays offseason will absolutely be judged on their mega-trade with the Kansas City Royals. Giving up James Shields and Wade Davis took a bite out of a stellar pitching staff. However, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi could be of great value in return—it may not help them in 2013, though.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: C

    Kelly Johnson could be a nice pickup if he can somehow turn around his fortunes. The Rays did themselves no great favor by signing Loney, either. On paper, it's hard to say this roster is better than the one assembled last year.

Texas Rangers

29 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    C A.J. Pierzynski - Free Agent (CWS)
    C Konrad Schmidt - Waivers (ARI)
    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers (TOR)
    1B Lance Berkman - Free Agent (STL)
    RHP Lisalverto Bonilla - Trade (PHI)
    RHP Jacob Brigham - Trade (CHC)
    RHP Cory Burns - Trade (SD)
    RHP Jason Frasor - Free Agent (TOR)
    RHP Josh Lindblom - Trade (PHI)
    RHP Mark Lowe - Free Agent (LAD)
    RHP Joakim Soria - Free Agent (KC)
    RHP Coty Woods - Rule 5 (COL)
    LHP Jeff Beliveau - Waivers (CHC)
    LHP Tommy Hottovy - Trade (KC)

     

    Offseason Departures

    C Luis Martinez - Waivers (BAL)
    C/1B Mike Napoli - Free Agent (BOS)
    1B Chris McGuiness - Rule 5 (CLE)
    IF Michael Young - Trade (PHI)
    OF Josh Hamilton - Free Agent (LAA)
    RHP Mike Adams - Free Agent (PHI)
    RHP Wilfredo Boscan - Trade (SD)
    RHP Ryan Dempster - Free Agent (BOS)
    RHP Scott Feldman - Free Agent (CHC)
    RHP Barret Loux - Trade (CHC)
    RHP Koji Uehara - Free Agent (BOS)
    LHP Tommy Hottovy - Waivers (TOR)

    The Texas Rangers missed out on signing Zack Greinke, and they failed in retaining Hamilton as well. Losing Hamilton, Young and Napoli while signing Pierzynski and Berkman likely means a lot less offense in 2013 for the Rangers.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: D+

    The Rangers weren't about to overpay to acquire replacements for key contributors. However, their tough stance will hurt them in the more competitive AL West Division.

Toronto Blue Jays

30 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    C Henry Blanco - Free Agent (ARI)
    C John Buck - Trade (MIA)*
    C Mike Nickeas - Trade (NYM)
    C Josh Thole - Trade (NYM)
    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers - (NYY)*
    C Bobby Wilson - Waivers (LAA)*
    SS Jose Reyes - Trade (MIA)
    IF Maicer Izturis - Free Agent (LAA)
    IF/OF Mike Aviles - Trade (BOS)*
    IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio - Trade (MIA)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (CLE)*
    IF/OF Mark DeRosa - Free Agent (WAS)
    OF Melky Cabrera - Free Agent (TOR)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (MIA)*
    RHP Chad Beck - Waivers (PIT)
    RHP Tyson Brummett - Waivers (PHI)
    RHP R.A. Dickey - Trade (NYM)
    RHP David Herndon - Waivers (PHI)*
    RHP Jeremy Jeffress - Trade (KC)
    RHP Josh Johnson - Trade (MIA)
    RHP Esmil Rogers - Trade (CLE)
    RHP Mickey Storey - Waivers (HOU)
    RHP Cory Wade - Waivers (NYY)*
    LHP Mark Buehrle - Trade (MIA)
    LHP Tommy Hottovy - Waivers (TEX)
    LHP Scott Maine - Waivers (CLE)*

     

    Offseason Departures

    C John Buck - Trade (NYM)
    C Travis d'Arnaud - Trade (NYM)
    C Jeff Mathis - Trade (MIA)
    C Eli Whiteside - Waivers - (TEX)
    C Bobby Wilson - Free Agent (NYY)
    C/IF Yan Gomes - Trade (CLE)
    1B Mike McDade - Waivers (CLE)
    2B Kelly Johnson - Free Agent (TB)
    SS Yunel Escobar - Trade (MIA)
    IF Adeiny Hechavarria - Trade (MIA)
    IF/OF Mike Aviles - Trade (CLE)
    IF/OF Russ Canzler - Waivers (CLE)
    OF Wuilmer Becerra - Trade (NYM)
    OF Scott Cousins - Waivers (SEA)
    OF Jake Marisnick - Trade (MIA)
    RHP Henderson Alvarez - Trade (MIA)
    RHP Chad Beck - Waivers (PIT)
    RHP David Carpenter - Trade (BOS)
    RHP Anthony DeScalfani - Trade (MIA)
    RHP Sam Dyson - Waivers (MIA)
    RHP Jason Frasor - Free Agent (TEX)
    RHP David Herndon - Waivers (NYY)
    RHP Brandon Lyon - Free Agent (NYM)
    RHP Noah Syndergaard - Trade (NYM)
    RHP Carlos Villanueva - Free Agent (CHC)
    LHP Scott Maine - Waivers (MIA)*
    LHP Justin Nicolino - Trade (MIA)

    No team was more active than the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason.

    And no team was more successful, either.

    The Jays simply transformed themselves into a championship-caliber team, starting with their mega-trade with the Miami Marlins and ending with the deal that brought Cy Young Award-winning pitcher R.A. Dickey over from the New York Mets.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: A+

    General manager Alex Anthopoulos earned his paycheck this offseason.

Washington Nationals

31 of 31

    Offseason Arrivals

    OF Denard Span - Trade (MIN)
    RHP A.J. Cole - Trade (OAK)
    RHP Dan Haren - Free Agent (LAA)
    RHP Brad Meyers - Rule 5 Return (NYY)
    RHP Rafael Soriano - Free Agent (NYY)
    RHP Blake Treinen - Trade (OAK)

     

    Offseason Departures

    1B/OF Michael Morse - Trade (SEA)
    2B Jeff Kobernus - Rule 5 (BOS)
    IF/OF Mark DeRosa - Free Agent (TOR)
    RHP Edwin Jackson - Free Agent (CHC)
    RHP Alex Meyer - Trade (MIN)
    LHP Sean Burnett - Free Agent (LAA)
    LHP Mike Gonzalez - Free Agent (MIL)
    LHP Tom Gorzelanny - Free Agent (MIL)
    LHP John Lannan - Free Agent (PHI)
    LHP Daniel Rosenbaum - Rule 5 (COL)

    The Washington Nationals improved their outfield defense with the addition of Span and added a solid leadoff hitter as well. If Haren returns to form, he could be a solid upgrade over the departed Edwin Jackson.

     

    Final Offseason Grade: A-

    Adding Soriano to a bullpen already stacked clearly sent a message that the Nationals are serious about bringing a World Series title to the nation's capital.

     

    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.

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