What If the 2013 MLB Season Was Restarted with Current Rosters?
What would happen if we restarted the 2013 MLB season with the players teams have now? What if Alfonso Soriano was on the New York Yankees and Matt Garza on the Texas Rangers for a full 162 games?
The season is going wrong for many teams, and some of them would love to play restart with their current roster.
Rosters change so frequently throughout the year that they can make a huge difference on how the season would have played out.
Let's say that every midseason trade and acquisition had happened during the offseason. How would the 2013 season have gone? Let's take a look.
*Note: Injuries during 2013 season will not be changed, as the players still would have been injured during the same time periods, had all players been on their current roster
1. Boston Red Sox 102-60
Adding Jake Peavy at the non-waiver trade deadline has worked out well for the BoSox, as he has gone 3-1 with an ERA of 3.55.
Peavy struggled with the Chicago White Sox before being traded, which is why his ERA remains over four. However, he has been pitching well in Boston, and having him for the whole MLB season would have been huge for the team.
Clay Buchholz went down earlier in the year and missed several months. The team lacked a true ace without him, but having Peavy take over a few starts would have been very helpful.
The BoSox will likely come up short of the 100-win plateau this year, but having Peavy all year would have been just enough to reach it.
2. New York Yankees 92-70
There might not be a team who wants to start the season over with current rosters more than the Yankees, who added both Alfonso Soriano and Mark Reynolds in the last few months.
Reynolds has been batting .283 and coupled that with his power, giving the team the talented corner infielder that it needed all year long.
Soriano, on the other hand, has been on fire. He blasted 13 home runs and drove in 44 RBI in his first 42 games as a Yankee. If he played for the team all year long the Yanks would have been much better, as their offense needed a guy like Soriano since April.
The Yanks would have had enough firepower to overcome the Orioles and Rays in the AL East, and could have secured a wild-card berth.
3. Tampa Bay Rays 91-71
The Rays' biggest midseason acquisition was trading for Jesse Crain of the White Sox, who had a fantastic season.
However, Crain has been on the DL since being traded, which is why the Rays haven't been able to take advantage of his services.
The Rays still would have had Crain before he got hurt, and he could have picked up a few more wins for the team. However, the Rays still would have fallen behind the BoSox and Yanks.
4. Baltimore Orioles 90-72
The O's dealt for Bud Norris of the Houston Astros earlier this year, and the team could have had him all season long.
However, since the Astros came to the AL, Norris has struggled. He was a good young pitcher in the NL, but he would have gotten shelled in the AL East.
Norris' addition seemed big at the time, but since he's struggled in the AL his presence wouldn't have helped the O's all that much.
The big difference for the Orioles is adding reliever Francisco Rodriguez. While he has struggled a bit in the AL, he has been a solid addition for the team, and could have helped the team's bullpen throughout the season.
5. Toronto Blue Jays 69-93
The Blue Jays didn't make many moves during the season, but the biggest was trading away Emilio Bonifacio.
Losing Bonifacio hurts, but what also hurts the Blue Jays in this hypothetical situation is the fact that every other team in their division got better.
The Jays had a rough 2013 season after entering it with such high hopes, but things would get even worse if they had their current roster from day one.
1. Detroit Tigers 101-57
Throughout the season the Tigers added Jair Jurrjens, Jose Veras and Jose Iglesias, and starting the year with those guys could have made a big difference.
To be fair, Jurrjens has only pitched twice in the 2013 season, so his impact would not be that great. However, adding the two Joses would be huge.
Veras has posted an ERA of 2.81 in 17 appearances with the Tigers out of the bullpen, while Iglesias has batted .298 and helped get the offense going since coming over.
The Tigers have been having a terrific season, but it would have been even better with these guys on the roster all year.
2. Kansas City Royals 89-73
The Royals made more small moves than almost any other team in baseball, but adding J.C. Gutierrez, Michael Jeffreys and Emilio Bonifacio were by far the biggest.
Gutierrez has been solid out of the bullpen, while Bonifacio has batted over .300 with the team. Justin Maxwell has also been playing well in Kansas City (2.88 BA, four HR in 24 games), and these three have certainly helped the team improve.
It looks like the Indians will finish ahead of the Royals this year, but if the two teams had stuck with their current rosters throughout the year, the Royals could have easily surpassed the Tribe.
3. Cleveland Indians 87-75
The Indians lost Mark Reynolds earlier this year, but also added Jason Kubel, which is why they would be in about the same position.
While Reynolds struggled enough that he was designated for assignment by the team before the Yankees added him, he still helped the team for parts of the year.
However, adding Kubel was a big move for the Tribe, as his .300 batting average with the team shows. While he struggled with the Diamondbacks earlier in the season, he has been playing well in Cleveland and could have had a big year had he played all 162 games with the team.
4. Minnesota Twins 67-95
The Twins finally let go of hometown favorite and aging slugger Justin Morneau this year.
The former MVP had been the heart of the Twins for years, but he was dealt as the season went on. In this scenario, he would have never even been on the Twins this year, which would have made them frighteningly bad.
The Twins would have been lost without Morneau, and putting them at 30 games under .500 could even be considered generous.
5. Chicago White Sox 50-112
The White Sox said they wanted to have a fire sale, and they did.
The ChiSox dealt Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Jesse Crain this season, giving up their best reliever, best hitter and a talented starter in the process.
Chicago has had a dreadful year, but losing this much talent would have made them even worse. While the team still would have ridden Cy Young candidate Chris Sale all year, it would have finished with one of the worst records in baseball.
1. Texas Rangers 102-62
Nobody did more during the season than the Rangers, who landed the crowning jewel of the non-waiver trade deadline (Matt Garza) and the waiver deadline (Alex Rios).
The Rangers would have loved to start the year with these two guys on the roster, as Rios has become a vital part of the team's offense, and Garza provides the team with a third stud in the starting rotation.
Rios has batted .312 with since coming to Texas with 30 runs generated (RBI and runs scored). He has been a solid replacement for Nelson Cruz, and could have been a key piece throughout the year.
Garza, on the other hand, has had another good year in 2013, posting an ERA of 3.70 while going 9-4 with the Chicago Cubs and Rangers. While he has struggled a bit against AL hitters compared to the batters he faced in the NL, Garza would have given the team a feared rotation alongside Yu Darvish and Derek Holland.
The Rangers can no longer reach the 100-win plateau after losing their 63rd game earlier this week. However, if the team had Garza and Rios all year they would have had the best record in the AL.
2. Oakland Athletics 95-67
The Athletics have had a solid roster throughout the year, which is why the team's only notable acquisitions were Kurt Suzuki and Alberto Callaspo this year.
While Callaspo's .269 batting average isn't stellar, he has still played a minor role with the team since coming to Arlington.
Suzuki was the big splash for the team, and he has batted .292 in limited action since being acquired.
While neither of these guys are stars, they still would have helped the team win a few more games and hit 95 wins.
3. Los Angeles Angels 77-85
A disappointing year for the Angels wouldn't have changed even if the team started the season with its current roster.
The team would have lost Scott Downs and would have had Grant Green instead of Alberto Callaspo if it started the year with its current roster.
Green has actually played better for the Angels than Callaspo did, but the loss of Downs' services would have hurt the team. Downs' 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances shows just how vital he was to the team's success, as he could shut opponents down out of the bullpen.
The Angels wouldn't have lived up to their lofty expectations even with their current roster, and losing Downs would have been enough to put the team 10 games under .500.
4. Seattle Mariners 72-90
Losing Jeremy Bonderman and adding Humberto Quintero wouldn't have changed much for the Mariners, but the big move for the team was trading Michael Morse to the Baltimore Orioles.
Morse has had a down year, but he was still a big part of the team's offense. His .223 batting average is unimpressive, but his 13 home runs in 76 games with the M's made him one of the team's best power hitters.
The Mariners were in for a rough year from the beginning, but if the team hadn't benefited from Morse's power it would have been even worse.
5. Houston Astros 47-115
The Astros barely even make the cut as a major league team, and losing Bud Norris for the entire season would have been devastating.
The team dealt its best pitcher to the Baltimore Orioles earlier this year, so in this hypothetical situation it would lose Norris, Jose Veras and Justin Maxwell.
These three guys were keys part to a struggling team, and without them the Astros would have been frighteningly bad. The team wouldn't have even managed to scrape together 50 wins without them.
1. Atlanta Braves 104-58
The Braves own the best record in baseball, thanks in large part to a 12-1 start to the year and a 14-game winning streak in the middle of the year.
The Braves have essentially the same team now that they had in the beginning of the year, with the addition of Scott Downs in the bullpen.
Downs has been a solid arm out of the 'pen, going 2-0 with an ERA of 2.31. He has been able to stymie opponents, and could have helped the Braves earlier in the year.
The Braves and Red Sox are the top two teams in baseball right now, and if the season had been played with current rosters the two teams would have identical records.
2. Washington Nationals 83-79
It was a terrible year in Washington, as the Nationals failed to live up to the hype.
After realizing that the team wouldn't win 98 games and hold the best record in baseball again, the team decided to sell a few parts, including David DeJesus and Kurt Suzuki.
While DeJesus and Suzuki didn't do much with the Nats, losing them would still set the team back a few games, and it would barely stay over .500 after an incredible 2012 season.
3. Philadelphia Phillies 70-92
The Phillies were the most interesting team at the trade deadline, as they could have been buyers or sellers. However, the team stalled and eventually just made a few moves, including sending Delmon Young, Laynce Nix and Michael Young to other teams.
Of the three, Young is obviously the best player. Losing him early in the year could have been devastating for a team that has struggled offensively all year.
Without these three key pieces on the roster, the Phillies would have been a much younger team that lacked experience, leading to a terrible year.
4. New York Mets 69-93
The Mets added Daisuke Matsuzaka this year, which would have been big news in 2008. However, in 2013 it means nothing.
The Mets' big move was to send Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which would have seriously damaged the team.
Byrd was the best bat on the team all year, while Buck's ridiculous start to the season helped the Mets stay afloat.
Without Byrd and Buck the team would have struggled mightily all year long, and perhaps could have even lost 100 games.
5. Miami Marlins 61-103
The Marlins were surprisingly quiet this year, with their only big move being to trade Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers.
While Nolasco was the second-best starter on the team behind only Jose Fernandez, losing him wouldn't be terrible for Miami.
Nolasco's 3.85 ERA with the Marlins was less than spectacular, and his loss wouldn't leave the Marlins in much worse shape than they are right now.
1. Pittsburgh Pirates 100-62
The Bucs were busy trying to secure their first winning season in two decades, and in doing so they added Justin Morneau, John Buck, Marlon Byrd, Alex Presley and Kyle Farnsworth.
The Pirates would love to start the season over with their current roster, as their dominant pitching staff would have been backed by a solid lineup all year.
The Pirates are still fighting for the lead in the NL Central with the Cardinals and Reds, but if they had this group all year the Bucs would win the NL Central by a comfortable margin.
2. St. Louis Cardinals 97-65
What's the one thing a team with an elite lineup and some of the best starting pitchers in the game needs? Bullpen help.
The Cards could have used another reliever throughout the year, and adding John Axford appears to be their answer. However, the team acquired later in the year.
If Axford was on St. Louis' Opening Day roster, the team would have been able to pick up a few more wins, although they would have fallen short of the new-look Pirates.
3. Cincinnati Reds 93-69
The Reds have been the most underrated team in baseball all year, as they sat right behind the Pirates and Cardinals in the NL Central.
The Reds have one of the most complete teams in the game today, which is why they were so quiet throughout the season.
However, the Reds did make a small move when acquiring Zach Duke. He has yet to give up a run out of the bullpen in six appearances, and has been a solid addition.
While Duke couldn't have helped the starting rotation, he's been pitching much better in relief. However, his effect on the game is much smaller as a reliever, which is why he wouldn't change the team's record all that much.
4. Milwaukee Brewers 68-94
The Brew Crew spent the trade deadline shipping away John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez, greatly depleting their bullpen.
What's been a tough year for Milwaukee would only have been tougher without these two coming on in relief.
The Brewers simply couldn't get anything going this year, and without Axford and K-Rod they would have been terrible.
5. Chicago Cubs 60-102
The Cubs sent Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, David DeJesus and Alfonso Soriano packing this year, trading away the core of their team.
The Cubs ended up getting some good production from these guys throughout the year, as Garza was an ace and Soriano was arguably the best hitter on the team. DeJesus was a consistent .250 hitter with the team, and Feldman was a solid pitcher.
Without these guys to help the team stay afloat in a tough NL Central, the Cubs would reach 100 losses without a problem.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers 102-60
Ricky Nolasco, Edinson Volquez, Brian Wilson and Michael Young were all added by the Dodgers midseason, and having them for a full 162 games could have been huge for the team.
Nolasco has been pitching like an ace since joining the Dodgers, going 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA. Throw in Young's production at third, and these four guys could have done big things in L.A.
The Dodgers are already on pace to win roughly 95 games, but these guys could have secured another seven victories early in the season.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks 79-83
After looking like a playoff contender for most of the season, the Diamondbacks traded away Ian Kennedy and Jason Kubel when the Dodgers surpassed them.
Neither of these guys were exactly studs for the team, but their presence in the clubhouse still affected the team's season.
Arizona's record wouldn't have changed all that much without these two guys, and without any key additions they'd finish roughly four games under .500 and 23 games behind L.A.
3. San Diego Padres 71-86
Ronny Cedeno and Ian Kennedy were the big acquisitions by the Padres this season.
After starting off on a hot streak that had them looking like playoff contenders, the team slowly began to fade, eventually being passed by the Dodgers.
The team still added two mediocre players that they hoped would come around, but these two simply weren't enough. While they did play better in San Diego, they weren't a big enough difference to end the team's postseason drought.
The Padres also lost reliever Joe Thatcher, who was a good arm out of the bullpen for the team.
With all of the team's additions and subtractions throughout the year, the Padres ended up being about as good as they were at the start of the season.
4. Colorado Rockies 71-91
If you consider Eric Young Jr. and Reid Brignac as big losses, then the Rockies would have had a tough 2013 season in this scenario.
If, however, you're among the 98 percent of people who believe that these two guys are lackluster players who didn't help the team all that much, then the Rockies wouldn't have struggled too much without them.
The Rockies still would have had to deal with injuries to Troy Tulowitzki, Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez, leaving them near the basement of the NL West.
5. San Francisco Giants 69-91
The Giants had a rough follow-up year to their World Series in 2012, and that wouldn't have been avoided if the team went into the season with its current lineup.
The biggest move by the team was to trade away Jeff Francoeur, who batted below the Mendoza Line for the team.
The Giants were simply due for a rough year, and they would have been even worse with the lineup they have now.