Offseason Grades for All 30 MLB Teams After the First Month of Moves

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

Offseason Grades for All 30 MLB Teams After the First Month of Moves

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    With roughly a month of the MLB offseason now in the rearview mirror and the winter meetings right around the corner, now seems like a good time to take inventory of what all 30 teams have done so far.

    There is still a lot to be done between now and the start of spring training, but we have already seen top free agents like Brian McCann, Jhonny Peralta, Ricky Nolasco, Tim Hudson and Dan Haren sign with new teams and the likes of Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Jim Johnson and Doug Fister change teams via trade.

    So, as what promises to be a busy month of December kicks off, here is a look at what all 30 teams have done so far this offseason and my grade for them to this point. Assume that a grade of "C" means the team has had a neutral offseason to this point, with anything higher meaning they have improved and anything lower meaning a poor signing or trade was made.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    LF Matt Tuiasosopo
    LF Matt TuiasosopoRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    LF Matt Tuiasosopo (waivers, DET)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    1B Blake Lalli, SP Ryan Rowland-Smith, RP Adam Russell

     

    Overview

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the market for a power bat to slot behind Paul Goldschmidt, as well as another front-line starter to join Patrick Corbin and Wade Miley, but to this point, it has been a quiet offseason for them.

    Claiming Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Detroit Tigers was a nice move, as he has a good chance of landing a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 27-year-old hit .244/.351/.415 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 164 at-bats for the Tigers last year.

     

    Grade: C

     

Atlanta Braves

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    C Steve Lerud
    C Steve LerudJesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    None

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    C Steve Lerud

     

    Overview

    The Atlanta Braves' biggest focus this offseason could be locking up one or more of their young core pieces on a long-term deal. They may also be in the market for a veteran starter to replace Tim Hudson and would no doubt love to move Dan Uggla if possible, but as a whole, it will likely be a quiet offseason.

    The only player they've signed to this point is catcher Steve Lerud, a 29-year-old who has just nine career big league games under his belt and a .221/.314/.350 career line in 2,424 career minor league at-bats.

     

    Grade: C

     

Baltimore Orioles

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    RP Brad Brach
    RP Brad BrachBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    2B Jemile Weeks (trade, OAK), SP Brad Brach (trade, SD), 2B Cord Phelps (waivers, CLE), RP Edgmer Escalona (FA), C Johnny Monell (trade, SF)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    None

     

    Overview

    It had been a relatively quiet offseason for the Baltimore Orioles until they finally pulled the trigger on moving All-Star closer Jim Johnson, sending him and what is expected to be an eight-figure salary in arbitration to the A's for second baseman Jemile Weeks, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    They've also made some nice under-the-radar pickups, as reliever Brad Brach (33 G, 3.19 ERA, 9.0 K/9) was picked up in a trade with the San Diego Padres and should join free-agent signing Edgmer Escalona (37 G, 5.67 ERA, 6.7 K/9) in having a real shot at cracking the bullpen.

     

    Grade: C-

Boston Red Sox

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    RP Burke Badenhop
    RP Burke BadenhopBenny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP Burke Badenhop (trade, MIL), OF Alex Castellanos (trade, LAD)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Tommy Layne, 3B Brandon Snyder, SS Mike McCoy

     

    Overview

    On Tuesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Boston Red Sox had signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year, $8.25 million deal. They've also made a few small moves, acquiring Burke Badenhop (63 G, 3.47 ERA, 6.1 K/9) in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers and signing former Padres left-hander Tommy Layne (14 G, 2.08 ERA, 6.2 K/9) to a minor league deal.

    The Red Sox's biggest priority, though, remains re-signing Mike Napoli.

     

    Grade: B

Chicago Cubs

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    C George Kottaras
    C George KottarasDenny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    C George Kottaras (trade, KC)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    OF Casper Wells, RP Cory Wade, OF Aaron Cunningham, C Eli Whiteside, 2B Chris Valaika

     

    Overview

    Last offseason, the Chicago Cubs added a handful of low-cost veteran pieces to fill out their roster and give them some extra trade chips to work with at the deadline. With an eye on contention in 2015, they could take a similar approach this winter before opening up their wallets.

    George Kottaras was acquired to replace Dioner Navarro as the team's backup catcher, and the Cubs have made some intriguing minor league signings, led by Casper Wells. They may yet make a midlevel signing or two before spring training rolls around, but don't expect a splash move.

     

    Grade: B+

Chicago White Sox

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    1B Jose Abreu
    1B Jose AbreuChung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    1B Jose Abreu (FA), SS Jake Elmore (waivers, HOU)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    1B Alex Liddi, RP David Purcey

     

    Overview

    The Chicago White Sox began the rebuilding process last season, shedding two of their bigger salaries by moving Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, and they could do more dealing before the offseason is over in an effort to add some young talent to their core. Infielders Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez could both be on the move. 

    Despite the sellers mentality, the team already made one big signing this offseason: giving Cuban defector Jose Abreu a six-year, $68 million deal to take over for Paul Konerko at first base. He joins Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Avisail Garcia as players the team will look to build around going forward.

     

    Grade: A

Cincinnati Reds

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    UT Skip Schumaker
    UT Skip SchumakerVictor Decolongon/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP Manny Parra (FA, re-signed), UT Skip Schumaker (FA), C Brayan Pena (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    CF Jason Bourgeois, C Max Ramirez, LF Mike Wilson

     

    Overview

    The Reds are expected to lose both Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo in free agency this winter, but with Billy Hamilton and Tony Cingrani ready to step into their spots, the team should be in a good position to make a run at the NL Central title and the postseason once again.

    Left-hander Manny Parra was re-signed on a two-year, $5.5 million deal, and the team also gave two-year deals to Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena to bolster their bench. The Pena signing likely means the end of Ryan Hanigan's time in Cincinnati, and he'll likely be dealt.

     

    Grade: A

Cleveland Indians

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    LF David Murphy
    LF David MurphyJeff Gross/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    LF David Murphy (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    DH Jason Giambi, SS Ryan Rohlinger, RP J.C. Ramirez, RP Mike Zagurski

     

    Overview

    The Cleveland Indians were the surprise postseason team of 2013, thanks in large part to the play of their starting rotation, where Ubaldo Jimenez returned to ace form and Scott Kazmir provided far more than anyone could have expected. Now, both of those players are free agents, and the team may have its work cut out for it in its efforts to return to October.

    David Murphy was signed to a two-year, $12 million deal, and he could push Drew Stubbs for the third starting outfield spot alongside Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley. His numbers were down across the board in 2013, but he has a good track record of being a solid on-base guy with decent speed and pop.

     

    Grade: C+

Colorado Rockies

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    RP LaTroy Hawkins
    RP LaTroy HawkinsHunter Martin/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP LaTroy Hawkins (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Greg Burke, RP Pedro Hernandez

     

    Overview

    For the first time since 1998, the Colorado Rockies will open the season with someone other than Todd Helton manning first base. The team could opt to move catcher Wilin Rosario or right fielder Michael Cuddyer to first, but one way or another, it will need to add a bat.

    Meanwhile, pitching remains a weakness for the Rockies, though they were much better in 2013 than they were in 2012. LaTroy Hawkins (72 G, 2.93 ERA, 13 SV) was signed to fill the closer's role, and they could look to add another setup arm and at least one starter before the offseason comes to an end.

     

    Grade: B-

Detroit Tigers

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    2B Ian Kinsler
    2B Ian KinslerKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    2B Ian Kinsler (trade, TEX), UT Steve Lombardozzi (trade, WSH), RP Ian Krol (trade, WSH), SP Robbie Ray (trade, WSH)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Jhan Marinez

     

    Overview

    The Detroit Tigers pulled the trigger on the biggest move of the offseason to this point, shipping Prince Fielder and $30 million of the $168 million left on his contract to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler, who has four years and $62 million left on his contract. They also moved No. 4 starter Doug Fister, a free agent at the end of next season, to the Washington Nationals for three players.

    Kinsler gives the Tigers a legitimate leadoff hitter, allowing them to drop Austin Jackson down in the batting order, where his strikeouts will be less of an issue. Lombardozzi gives them a versatile utility man, Krol a solid left-handed reliever and Ray a prospect with some upside.

    The money freed up means they will have a good shot at retaining Max Scherzer come season's end and now have some wiggle room to add an impact left fielder.

     

    Grade: A-

Houston Astros

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    RP Darin Downs
    RP Darin DownsRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP Darin Downs (waivers, DET), IF Ryan Jackson (waivers, STL)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Peter Moylan

     

    Overview

    The Houston Astros aren't likely to do much again this offseason as they continue to rebuild, but they have a talented minor league system and a ton of money to work with once they do decide to spend, as they had their payroll trimmed down to just over $26 million on Opening Day last year.

    Darin Downs (29 G, 4.84 ERA, 9.4 K/9) is a nice waiver pickup as a left-handed bullpen option, and they could still look to make a low-cost addition or two to the rotation and bullpen. They've done a nice job rebuilding from the ground up, though, and should be in a good position a few years down the road.

     

    Grade: C+

Kansas City Royals

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    SP Jason Vargas
    SP Jason VargasBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Jason Vargas (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Clayton Mortensen, RP P.J. Walters, 1B Brandon Laird, CF Gorkys Hernandez

     

    Overview

    The Kansas City Royals were as aggressive as any team in baseball last offseason, taking a chance on bounce-back candidate Ervin Santana and trading top prospect Wil Myers in a package to acquire James Shields. A late-season push made things interesting, but in the end, they missed out on the playoffs once again.

    With Santana gone in free agency, the team gave left-hander Jason Vargas a four-year, $32 million deal to fill his rotation spot. Holes remain at second base and in right field, though the team does have in-house options at both spots, and if Royals can avoid the dreadful start they endured offensively last season, they could push for a wild card.

     

    Grade: B

Los Angeles Angels

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    RP Joe Smith
    RP Joe SmithOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP Joe Smith (FA), 3B David Freese (trade, STL), RP Fernando Salas (trade, STL)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SP Chris Volstad, RP Wade LeBlanc, C Luis Martinez

     

    Overview

    The Los Angeles Angels have spent huge in free agency the past two offseason, signing Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson in an effort to make a push for the AL West title and a deep playoff run. That hasn't been the case, though, as they have found themselves sitting at home come October.

    Starting pitching is their biggest area of need, and they will need to find a way to fill out the staff behind Wilson, Jered Weaver and Garrett Richards. The Angels have made a pair of solid additions, adding one of the game's better setup men in Joe Smith and upgrading at third base by swapping Peter Bourjos for David Freese, but their grade won't climb until the rotation is addressed.

     

    Grade: C

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    SP Dan Haren
    SP Dan HarenNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Dan Haren (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    C J.C. Boscan, 1B Clint Robinson, IF Brendan Harris, RP Daniel Moskos, RP Josh Judy

     

    Overview

    Thanks to a seemingly endless supply of money, the Los Angeles Dodgers have quickly made the jump from .500 team to legitimate title contender. They have a hole at third base that needs to be addressed, and they still need to sort out the outfield logjam, but they look to be in as good of a position as any team heading into 2014.

    Dan Haren was signed to a one-year, $10 million deal to serve as the team's No. 4 starter, and while his 2013 numbers were subpar as a whole (10-14, 4.67 ERA), he finished the year 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his final four starts and looked like the Haren of old at times in the second half.

     

    Grade: B+

Miami Marlins

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    OF Jimmy Paredes
    OF Jimmy ParedesTroy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Major League Signings/Trades

    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (FA), RF Jimmy Paredes (waivers, HOU)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SS Juan Diaz

     

    Overview

    A year after aggressively spending in free agency, the Miami Marlins sold big last offseason and entered a full-scale rebuilding effort. With a good young crop of starting pitchers and some high-end position-player talent working its way through the system, they just need time to let their players develop.

    Last offseason, their big signings were veterans Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre on low-cost, one-year deals, and they could make similar moves to fill out their roster this winter. Jimmy Paredes was claimed off waivers from the Astros, and he gives them some depth in the outfield.

     

    Grade: C

Milwaukee Brewers

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    UT Elian Herrera
    UT Elian HerreraVictor Decolongon/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    UT Elian Herrera (waivers, LAD)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    None

     

    Overview

    The Milwaukee Brewers were relatively quiet last offseason, signing a handful of relievers to improve what was a terrible bullpen and then adding Kyle Lohse just before the start of the regular season. They spent much of the season battling the Cubs for fourth place in the NL Central, as a number of injuries and the suspension of Ryan Braun significantly cut into their offensive production.

    They need to figure out who will play first base this coming season and could use a bullpen arm or two once again, but expect things to be relatively quiet in Milwaukee this offseason. Elian Herrera gives them a versatile utility player and a switch-hitter off the bench.

     

    Grade: C+

Minnesota Twins

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    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Ricky NolascoThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Ricky Nolasco (FA), SP Phil Hughes (FA), SP Kris Johnson (trade, PIT)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SS Jason Bartlett, 2B Doug Bernier

     

    Overview

    After getting a 5.26 ERA from their starting rotation last season, it comes as no surprise that the Minnesota Twins' focus so far this offseason has been on adding starting pitching. For a team on the rise with one of the best farm systems in baseball, adding some veteran arms was a must.

    The team gave Nolasco a four-year, $49 million deal, which is a reasonable rate for a pitcher of his caliber these days. The Hughes signing was a bit more questionable, as he's a prime candidate to bounce back from a poor 2013, but he's a relatively big risk on a three-year, $24 million deal. That said, the Twins have been aggressive in signing the guys they were targeting and look to be better for it.

     

    Grade: B+

New York Mets

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    CF Chris Young
    CF Chris YoungThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    CF Chris Young (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Joel Carreno, 1B Brandon Allen, RP Miguel Socolovich

     

    Overview

    The New York Mets have done a nice job trimming the fat from their payroll the past few seasons, and with Johan Santana now off the books, they're in a great position to make a splash this offseason as they look to fill in the blanks around what is a solid young core.

    To this point, their only move has been adding outfielder Chris Young on a one-year, $7.25 million deal. It's relatively high price to pay for someone coming off of a .200/.280/.379 season, but he does bring a nice mix of power and speed and could benefit from more regular playing time.

     

    Grade: C-

New York Yankees

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    C Brian McCann
    C Brian McCannKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury (FA), C Brian McCann (FA), SS Brendan Ryan (FA, re-signed)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP David Herndon, RP Jim Miller, 2B Yamaico Navarro, CF Antoan Richardson

     

    Overview

    Things got off to a somewhat slow start for a New York Yankees team expected to be as busy as anyone this offseason. But they added one of their top targets and one of the best bats on the market in Brian McCann on a five-year, $85 million deal. And the team made a splash on Tuesday by signing free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    The Yanks are still in the market for late-inning relief and at least one front-line starting pitcher, and they're still trying to re-up with the market's top free agent in Robinson Cano. They've done well to this point, but there is a lot more work to be done between now and the start of spring training.

     

    Grade: B+

     

Oakland Athletics

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    SP Scott Kazmir
    SP Scott KazmirJason Miller/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Scott Kazmir (FA), RP Jim Johnson (trade, BAL), SS Nick Punto (FA), RP Fernando Abad (trade, WSH)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SP Philip Humber

     

    Overview

    Many expected the Oakland A's to turn to either Ryan Cook or Sean Doolittle to fill the closer's role that was vacated by free agent Grant Balfour, but instead, they pulled the trigger on a deal for Orioles closer Jim Johnson. The big right-hander is projected to earn $10.8 million in arbitration, but he fills a clear need and is a short-term investment.

    The team also added Scott Kazmir on a two-year, $22 million deal, the same contract it offered Tim Hudson before he signed with the San Francisco Giants. The addition likely means an end to the team's efforts to re-sign Bartolo Colon, as Kazmir will slide into the role of veteran leader of a young A's staff.

     

    Grade: A

Philadelphia Phillies

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    RF Marlon Byrd
    RF Marlon ByrdJared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    C Carlos Ruiz (FA, re-signed), RF Marlon Byrd (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SS Reid Brignac, RP Shawn Camp, 2B Michael Martinez, RP Cesar Jimenez, OF Clete Thomas

     

    Overview

    An aging core has left the Philadelphia Phillies looking like a .500 team at best until they decide to blow things up and rebuild. Instead, they re-signed 34-year-old Chase Utley during the season, gave 34-year-old catcher Carlos Ruiz a three-year, $26 million deal and signed 36-year-old Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 million deal.

    The minor league free agent signings of Reid Brignac and Shawn Camp could wind up paying off, as both should have a chance to make the roster, but they don't offset the team's decisions to spend big on more aging talent.

     

    Grade: D

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    LF Jaff Decker
    LF Jaff DeckerChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

    Major League Signings/Trades

    RP Duke Welker (trade, MIN), LF Jaff Decker (trade, SD), RP Miles Mikolas (trade, SD), C Chris Stewart (trade, NYY)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Collin Balester, RP Seth McClung, RP Josh Kinney, RP Cody Eppley

     

    Overview

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finally got over the hump in 2013, and with more high-end, homegrown talent on the way, led by right-hander Jameson Taillon and outfielder Gregory Polanco, they look to be in a great position for long-term contention heading into 2014.

    Re-signing or replacing A.J. Burnett in the rotation may be the Pirates' biggest decision this offseason, but they are also in need of an upgrade at first base or, at the very least, a viable platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez. They've cast a wide net with their minor league reliever signings so far and could hit on a bounce-back candidate there, while Jaff Decker was picked up from the Padres and could earn a place on the bench as a fourth outfielder.

     

    Grade: C+

San Diego Padres

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    SP Josh Johnson
    SP Josh JohnsonTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Josh Johnson (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    None

     

    Overview

    The emergence of Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross, along with the deadline addition of Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks, already left the San Diego Padres looking better off from a pitching standpoint heading into 2014. They then further boosted their staff by signing perhaps the most intriguing bounce-back candidate on the market in Josh Johnson.

    As recently as 2011, Johnson was considered one of the best pitchers in the game, but injuries and a poor showing in his lone season in Toronto left him settling for a one-year, $8 million deal. A move back to the National League and to Petco Park could be exactly what he needs to get back on track.

     

    Grade: A

San Francisco Giants

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    SP Tim Hudson
    SP Tim HudsonKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Tim Hudson (FA), SP Tim Lincecum (FA, re-signed), RP Javier Lopez (FA, re-signed), SP Ryan Vogelsong (FA, re-signed)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    C Guillermo Quiroz, RP Jason Berken, SS Brandon Hicks

     

    Overview

    After giving Hunter Pence a five-year, $90 million extension during the season, the San Francisco Giants have continued to focus on retaining their own players, bringing back Tim Lincecum (two-year, $35 million), Javier Lopez (three-year, $13 million) and Ryan Vogelsong (one-year, $5 million).

    The team also added veteran Tim Hudson on a two-year, $23 million deal to fill the rotation spot vacated by free agent Barry Zito. The 38-year-old was in the middle of another solid season when he broke his ankle covering first base. If he can prove healthy, he'll be a huge addition to what was a disappointing rotation in 2013.

     

    Grade: B+

Seattle Mariners

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    UT Willie Bloomquist
    UT Willie BloomquistChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    UT Willie Bloomquist (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    None

     

    Overview

    The Seattle Mariners are expected to be in the market for an impact bat in center field, one of the top starting pitchers on the market and a front-line closer to anchor their bullpen this offseason. To this point, though, they have yet to pull the trigger on any significant moves.

    They did add utility man Willie Bloomquist on a two-year, $5.8 million deal, a solid move that gives then some depth up the middle behind Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. The 36-year-old Bloomquist hit .289/.328/.368 with 27 steals over 225 games in his three seasons with the Diamondbacks, and he now returns to a Mariners team that originally drafted him back in 1999.

     

    Grade: C+

St. Louis Cardinals

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    SS Jhonny Peralta
    SS Jhonny PeraltaLeon Halip/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SS Jhonny Peralta (FA), CF Peter Bourjos (trade, LAA), OF Randal Grichuk (trade, LAA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    1B Scott Moore

     

    Overview

    On a stacked St. Louis Cardinals roster, the one clear weakness was the shortstop position. The Carinals got a .222/.280/.303 line and just four home runs from the position last year, and that promoted them to hand Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $53 million deal. The 31-year-old hit .303/.358/.457 before being suspended for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal.

    The team also swapped third baseman David Freese for speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos, which will allow it to move Matt Carpenter to third base and open up a starting spot for Kolten Wong at second. Bourjos gives St. Louis some needed outfield depth, with Carlos Beltran gone in free agency and top prospect Oscar Taveras likely to arrive at some point, though it's unclear when.

     

    Grade: A

Tampa Bay Rays

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    CF David DeJesus
    CF David DeJesusAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    CF David DeJesus (FA, re-signed), C Jose Molina (FA, re-signed), RP Juan Oviedo (FA, re-signed)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    RP Mark Lowe

     

    Overview

    The Tampa Bay Rays did a terrific job bargain hunting last offseason, hitting on James Loney, Kelly Johnson and Roberto Hernandez on one-year deals. They'll likely take a similar approach this offseason as they look to fill holes at first base and at the back of the bullpen, among others.

    Jose Molina was re-signed, though he'll move to the role of backup behind Jose Lobaton, and the team also reworked its option on August pickup David DeJesus, re-signing him to a two-year deal. Minor league free agent signing Mark Lowe could make the roster; he struggled in 2013 but was one of the Rangers' better relievers in 2011 and 2012.

     

    Grade: B-

Texas Rangers

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    1B Prince Fielder
    1B Prince FielderRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    1B Prince Fielder (trade, DET), RP Jason Frasor (FA, re-signed), C Geovany Soto (FA, re-signed), RP Shawn Tolleson (waivers, LAD), RP Chaz Roe (waivers, ARI), CF Rafael Ortega (waivers, COL)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SP Colby Lewis, SP Aaron Poreda, OF Brad Snyder, RP Ross Wolf

     

    Overview

    With money to spend and their pitching staff more or less set, the Texas Rangers were expected to spend big on their offense this offseason, and they pulled off a huge move by acquiring Tigers slugger Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler. That move also opened up the everyday second base spot for Jurickson Profar, freeing up what had been a logjam up the middle.

    The team is still expected to make a run at a big bat to take over in left field and needs to figure out the catcher position as well, but it took a big step toward returning to the top of the AL West standings with the Fielder addition. 

     

    Grade: A

Toronto Blue Jays

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    C Dioner Navarro
    C Dioner NavarroChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    C Dioner Navarro (FA)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    3B Andy LaRoche, C Mike Nickeas, 3B Jonathan Diaz, 1B Dan Johnson

     

    Overview

    It's been a significantly quieter offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays so far this year, though they did make one significant move with their signing of Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million deal to be their starting catcher. That led to incumbent J.P. Arencibia, who has plus power but hit just .194/.227/.365 last year, being non-tendered. It's worth noting that Navarro has served as a backup the past four years.

    The team is expected to add another starting pitcher, though it remains to be seen if Toronto will do so via free agency or trade. For the most part, though, the Blue Jays will enter 2014 with the same core of players as last year as they look to rebound from a season that was a major disappointment.

     

    Grade: C+

Washington Nationals

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    SP Doug Fister
    SP Doug FisterRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Major League Signings/Trades

    SP Doug Fister (trade, DET)

     

    Minor League Free Agent Signings

    SP Chris Young, P Daniel Stange

     

    Overview

    The Washington Nationals entered 2013 coming off of a season that saw them post the best record in baseball, and, having added key pieces in Denard Span and Dan Haren, they looked poised for a run at the World Series. Instead, they stumbled out of the gates and missed the playoffs.

    Still, they have one of the most complete rosters in baseball top to bottom, and an already terrific starting rotation got significantly better when the team landed right-hander Doug Fister in a trade with the Tigers for utility man Steve Lombardozzi, reliever Ian Krol and prospect Robbie Ray. All in all, it was a reasonable price to pay for what will be arguably the best No. 4 starter in baseball.

     

    Grade: A