Offseason Recruiting Updates for All 30 MLB Teams

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2014

Offseason Recruiting Updates for All 30 MLB Teams

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    Last month, I took a different approach to breaking down the MLB offseason. Instead of assessing a team on how well needs have been filled or how much money has been spent, I focused solely on how much talent has been added to each roster.

    In much the same way a college football or basketball program has its offseason evaluated, each addition was assigned a 1-5 rating on the "star" scale, and the team's overall "recruiting class" was scored from there.

    A month later, and with a number of moves made since, I've decided to update each MLB team on their offseason recruiting. The same parameters as last time still apply.

    First, we need to decide what constitutes a 5-star player, 4-star player and so on. Here is my take on who belongs in each category.

    • 5-Star (10 points): A superstar-caliber position player, ace-caliber starting pitcher or premier closer.
    • 4-Star (7 points): An above-average everyday position player, middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher or late-inning reliever.
    • 3-Star (4 points): An average everyday position player or reserve likely to see extended playing time, No. 5 starting pitcher/swingman or above-average middle reliever.
    • 2-Star (1 point): Solid organizational depth likely to be on the big league roster at some point, if not on Opening Day.
    • 1-Star (N/A): Everyone else. Players signed to minor league deals and unlikely to make any sort of impact at the big league level this coming season. Not included here; don't count toward a team's overall offseason rating.

    From there, points are awarded to each recruit as listed above, and each team's recruit-point total is determined. Teams were then ordered from worst to first based on the overall level of talent they've added so far this winter.

    As with college rosters, returning players are not considered recruits, so anyone re-signing with the team he played for last year was not considered for this.

    The end goal here was simply to put a different and fun spin on evaluating what each MLB team has done so far this offseason. So take this for what it is, and enjoy.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    RP Will Smith
    RP Will SmithEd Zurga/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (0):
    3-Star (1): RP Will Smith
    2-Star (2): UT Elian Herrera, RP Zach Duke

    Total: 6 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Milwaukee Brewers are the only team in baseball that has yet to hand out a major league free-agent contract this offseason, as it appears they will rely on their incumbent roster staying healthy and fulfilling expectations.

    The team's biggest move has been the acquisition of reliever Will Smith from the Kansas City Royals in return for outfielder Norichika Aoki. They could still look to sign a first baseman before the offseason is over, but aside from that it looks like they're set to enter the season with their roster as is.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    C Dioner Navarro
    C Dioner NavarroCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (0):

    3-Star (1): C Dioner Navarro
    2-Star (5): IF Chris Getz, 3B Brent Morel, RP Tomo Ohka, 1B Dan Johnson, C Erik Kratz

    Total: 9 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Last offseason, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a pair of blockbuster trades and were busy on the free-agent market as well. This time around, they've been significantly quieter, and it looks like they'll turn to essentially the same core of players as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013.

    The biggest addition has been the signing of Dioner Navarro to replace the non-tendered J.P. Arencibia as the starting catcher. The 29-year-old has not been an everyday catcher since 2009, but he managed 13 home runs in 240 at-bats for the Chicago Cubs last season.

Cincinnati Reds

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    UT Skip Schumaker
    UT Skip SchumakerDustin Bradford/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (0): 
    3-Star (1): IF Skip Schumaker
    2-Star (5): C Brayan Pena, SP Jeff Francis, SP Chien-Ming Wang, RP Pedro Beato, SP David Holmberg

    Total: 9 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Despite losing Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo (assuming he is not re-signed) this offseason, the Cincinnati Reds were without a glaring area of need. Top prospect Billy Hamilton will get every chance at replacing Choo in center field, while Tony Cingrani looks more than ready to step into a full-time rotation spot.

    Instead, their focus has been on bolstering their bench and adding organizational depth. Skip Schumaker gives them a versatile utility player with decent offensive skills, and Brayan Pena is a solid backup catcher for Devin Mesoraco. Prospect David Holmberg was acquired in the three-team deal that sent Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays, and he looks to have a solid future.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (0):
    3-Star (1): 
    SP Edinson Volquez
    2-Star (5): 
    C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker, RP Duke Welker, OF Chris Dickerson, 1B Chris McGuiness

    Total: 9 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Assuming A.J. Burnett inevitably decides to hang it up this offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates will essentially have swapped out Burnett for the talented-but-wild right-hander Edinson Volquez. That is clearly a step down, but full seasons from Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Wandy Rodriguez could go a long way in helping offset that.

    It appears the team will go with Jose Tabata in right field until top prospect Gregory Polanco is ready to step into the job, and after winning Dominican League MVP it may not take long. First base remains a concern, though, as a left-handed-hitting platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez is still a clear need.

Atlanta Braves

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    C Ryan Doumit
    C Ryan DoumitDavid Maxwell/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (0): 
    3-Star (2): C/OF Ryan Doumit, SP Gavin Floyd
    2-Star (1): RP Luis Vasquez

    Total: 9 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    With longtime catcher Brian McCann now with the New York Yankees, last year's rookie fan favorite Evan Gattis will step into the role of starting catcher. That leaves a void on the bench, where Gattis saw 354 at-bats split between catcher, first base and corner outfield.

    Ryan Doumit was acquired from the Minnesota Twins to fill the role Gattis did last season, and while he may not have as much raw power, he is a similar player and should prove to be a useful pickup. The team also took a flier on Gavin Floyd as he returns from Tommy John surgery, and if everything breaks right he could join the rotation a month or so into the season.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    C Ryan Hanigan
    C Ryan HaniganMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (0): 

    3-Star (2): C Ryan Hanigan, RP Heath Bell
    2-Star (3): RP Mark Lowe, RP Pedro Figueroa, UT Jayson Nix

    Total: 11 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Re-signing James Loney to a three-year deal has been the big move of the offseason for the Tampa Bay Rays. They have made a pair of their usual bargain-hunting moves, though, trading for Ryan Hanigan to be the starting catcher and acquiring Heath Bell to replace Fernando Rodney as closer.

    Bell was 34-of-49 on save chances the past two years after three straight 40-plus save seasons in San Diego. The team has proven to have a keen eye for piecing together the back end of its bullpen, though, and the 36-year-old could be the next in a long line of terrific values in the ninth inning role.

San Francisco Giants

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

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (1): 
    SP Tim Hudson
    3-Star (1): 
    LF Michael Morse
    2-Star (1): 
    RP Rafael Dolis

    Total: 12 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The bulk of the San Francisco Giants' spending this offseason has been to bring back their own free agents, as they re-signed Hunter Pence at the end of the season and also re-upped with Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and Javier Lopez.

    They did add a big piece to the rotation puzzle, though, signing Tim Hudson to a two-year deal to replace Barry Zito, a clear upgrade if the 38-year-old Hudson wasn't coming off a broken ankle last year. On the offensive side of things, the team will take a chance on Michael Morse returning to form as a power source in left field.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    SS Jhonny Peralta
    SS Jhonny PeraltaLeon Halip/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (1): 
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    3-Star (2): 
    OF Peter Bourjos, 2B Mark Ellis
    2-Star (1): 
    RP Angel Castro

    Total: 16 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The St. Louis Cardinals worked quickly to fill the few needs they had on their roster this offseason, and they spent big to shore up their biggest hole—the shortstop position. Jhonny Peralta was inked to a four-year, $53 million deal, and he's expected to provide a significant offensive upgrade over Pete Kozma.

    With prospect Kolten Wong being handed the starting second base job, the team was smart to invest in Mark Ellis as a backup capable of stepping into extended playing time if need be. Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos will help ease the loss of Carlos Beltran from a depth standpoint and should be a significant defensive upgrade over Jon Jay in center field.

Baltimore Orioles

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    LF David Lough
    LF David LoughPeter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (0): 
    3-Star (2): RP Ryan Webb, LF David Lough
    2-Star (9): 1B/OF Tyler Colvin, 2B Jemile Weeks, OF Delmon Young, SP Alfredo Aceves, RP Edgmer Escalona, RP Brad Brach, OF Francisco Peguero, OF Quintin Berry, SP Liam Hendriks

    Total: 17 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    It's been a busy offseason of low-level signings and trades for the Baltimore Orioles, but they have yet to make the impact move that they needed to in order to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot in the American League. Clear needs remain as the left field/DH spot, in the rotation and at the back of the bullpen.

    Ryan Webb was a nice low-cost addition to the bullpen, and flipping Jim Johnson's salary for bounce-back candidate Jemile Weeks could prove to be a solid move as well if Weeks can seize the open second base spot. Expect all of the above players to contribute in some capacity for the big league team this year, but if anyone in the AL East needed a four- or five-star addition it was the Orioles.

Chicago Cubs

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    RP Jose Veras
    RP Jose VerasJamie Squire/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): RP Jose Veras
    3-Star (1): RP Wesley Wright
    2-Star (6): CF Justin Ruggiano, C George Kottaras, 2B Ryan Roberts, RP Brett Marshall, RP Jonathan Sanchez, OF Chris Coghlan

    Total: 17 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The third offseason under Theo Epstein and company has been cricket-filled for the Chicago Cubs, as their only real impact addition is the signing of right-hander Jose Veras to fill the closer role. He was solid in that position for the Houston Astros last year, albeit with limited chances, before being traded to the Detroit Tigers.

    Ryan Roberts should have a good chance at winning a bench job on a minor league deal, and there are some fun fliers here with guys like former NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan and onetime effectively wild left-hander Jonathan Sanchez headed to spring training, but this is a team still waiting to make its move.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    RF Marlon Byrd
    RF Marlon ByrdCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (0): 

    3-Star (3): 
    RF Marlon Byrd, SP Roberto Hernandez, RP Brad Lincoln
    2-Star (5): 
    C Wil Nieves, RP Shawn Camp, SS Ronny Cedeno, SS Reid Brignac, RP Kevin Munson

    Total: 17 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Opting against a rebuild, the Philadelphia Phillies have instead re-signed veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz (34) and added right fielder Marlon Byrd (36) and starter Roberto Hernandez (33) to fill out their roster for the upcoming year.

    Wil Nieves will be the new backup catcher, and Rule 5 pick Kevin Munson should get a chance at earning a bullpen spot alongside trade acquisition Brad Lincoln. For the most part, however, it has been a subpar offseason for the Phillies as they look to remain competitive but have no real chance at title contention.

San Diego Padres

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    RP Joaquin Benoit
    RP Joaquin BenoitKyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (1): 
    RP Joaquin Benoit
    3-Star (2): SP Josh Johnson, OF Seth Smith
    2-Star (2): RP Patrick Schuster, IF Brandon Wood

    Total: 17 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    After trading Luke Gregerson to the Oakland A's for left-handed-hitting Seth Smith, the San Diego Padres pulled off a surprise move by signing Joaquin Benoit to a two-year, $15.5 million deal to replace Gregerson as the primary setup man for Huston Street.

    The biggest move of the offseason, however, could wind up being the addition of Josh Johnson. Not too long ago the right-hander was one of the best pitchers in the game, and after a disastrous 2013 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, he's a prime candidate to bounce back in spacious Petco Park.

Washington Nationals

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    SP Doug Fister
    SP Doug FisterRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): 
    SP Doug Fister
    3-Star (2): RP Jerry Blevins, LF Nate McLouth
    2-Star (3): UT Jamey Carroll, C Chris Snyder, RP Manny Delcarmen

    Total: 18 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    In what can best be described as a robbery, the Washington Nationals added Doug Fister to their already stacked rotation for two spare parts and a decent pitching prospect. The big right-hander now joins Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann to form arguably the best rotation in baseball.

    Jerry Blevins gives them the veteran left-handed reliever they lacked last year, while Nate McLouth is good insurance as a fourth outfielder who is capable of stepping into everyday at-bats should someone go down with an injury.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    LF Mark Trumbo
    LF Mark TrumboJason Miller/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (2): LF Mark Trumbo,  RP Addison Reed 
    3-Star (0): 
    2-Star (4): OF Matt Tuiasosopo, SP Alex Sanabia, RP Marcos Mateo, C Henry Blanco

    Total: 18 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Arizona Diamondbacks essentially turned prospects Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson and Tyler Skaggs into slugger Mark Trumbo and closer Addison Reed this offseason, sacrificing some future pieces to fill the two biggest holes on the roster.

    Considering Eaton had fallen behind A.J. Pollock on the depth chart, Davidson was blocked by Martin Prado at third base and Skaggs had been passed by Archie Bradley as the team's top pitching prospect, it could easily wind up being a brilliant offseason for the Diamondbacks if Trumbo and Reed perform.

Boston Red Sox

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    C A.J. Pierzynski
    C A.J. PierzynskiJeff Gross/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (2): C A.J. Pierzynski, RP Edward Mujica
    3-Star (1): RP Burke Badenhop
    2-Star (2): RP Tommy Layne, IF Jonathan Herrera

    Total: 20 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Four key pieces from the team's title run hit free agency this offseason, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew all hitting the open market. Re-signing Napoli has been the big move of the offseason so far, and Drew could yet be back, but Ellsbury and Salty have already signed elsewhere.

    Veteran A.J. Pierzynski was added on a one-year deal at catcher, and he should fit right in with their cast of characters in the clubhouse. As of now, it looks like they'll turn to a pair of rookies in Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley to fill the holes at shortstop and center field, respectively.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    SP Dan Haren
    SP Dan HarenNorm Hall/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (1): 
    SP Dan Haren
    3-Star (3): 
    2B Alex Guerrero, RP Chris Perez, RP Jamey Wright
    2-Star (2): 
    OF Mike Baxter, SP Seth Rosin

    Total: 21 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    After signing Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to fill out their rotation last winter, it's been a significantly quieter offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers this time around, though not without some notable additions.

    Cuban defector Alex Guerrero was signed to serve as the everyday second baseman, Dan Haren will be the No. 5 starter after finishing the 2013 season strong, and a number of moves have been made in the bullpen. Along with re-signing Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell, the team has also added Chris Perez and Jamey Wright, as it looks to better bridge the gap to Kenley Jansen.

New York Mets

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    LF Curtis Granderson
    LF Curtis GrandersonDavid Manning-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (2): OF Curtis Granderson, SP Bartolo Colon
    3-Star (1): OF Chris Young
    2-Star (3): C Taylor Teagarden, RP Ryan Reid, RP Joel Carreno

    Total: 21 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The outfield was a clear area of need for the New York Mets this winter, as Juan Lagares was expected to retain the center field job but the corner spots were wide open. 

    Former 30-30 threat Chris Young was signed to a one-year deal early this offseason, before the team landed its top target in Curtis Granderson just prior the winter meetings. The team also added Bartolo Colon on a two-year deal, as he will help ease the loss of Matt Harvey for the upcoming season.

Minnesota Twins

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    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Ricky NolascoStephen Dunn/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (1): SP Ricky Nolasco
    3-Star (3): SP Phil Hughes, OF Jason Kubel, C Kurt Suzuki
    2-Star (3): SP Kris Johnson, SS Jason Bartlett, SP Sean Gilmartin

    Total: 22 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    After watching their starting rotation post a combined 5.26 ERA last season, the Minnesota Twins have understandably been focused on pitching this offseason. Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes were given the two richest free-agent deals in team history in an effort to improve the staff, while Mike Pelfrey was also re-signed.

    With Joe Mauer moving to first base full time, Kurt Suzuki was signed to help bridge the gap to prospect Josmil Pinto at the catcher position. Jason Kubel is also back with the team on a minor league deal, and he looks like the front-runner to land DH duties heading into camp.

Cleveland Indians

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    RP John Axford
    RP John AxfordJeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): RP John Axford
    3-Star (2): LF David Murphy, RP Josh Outman
    2-Star (9): 1B David Cooper, SP Shaun Marcum, 3B David Adams, OF Jeff Francoeur, RP Colt Hynes, RP Scott Atchison, OF Nyjer Morgan, SP Tyler Cloyd, RP Matt Capps

    Total: 24 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    With Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir hitting free agency, and the bullpen a major question mark, pitching was the Cleveland Indians' biggest area of need entering the offseason. John Axford and Josh Outman should help the bullpen situation, but the team has yet to address the rotation, unless Shaun Marcum can prove healthy and claim a spot.

    David Murphy should be an offensive upgrade over Drew Stubbs in right field, despite a disappointing 2013 season. As for the rest of these additions, there will be no shortage of competition in camp for the available bench and bullpen jobs.

Miami Marlins

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    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    C Jarrod SaltalamacchiaDavid Manning-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    3-Star (4): 2B Rafael Furcal, 1B Garrett Jones, 3B Casey McGehee, RP Carter Capps
    2-Star (2): OF Brian Bogusevic, OF Jimmy Paredes

    Total: 25 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The bargain signings of Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco were the Miami Marlins' only significant free-agent signings last offseason on the heels of yet another fire sale. They've been far more active this offseason though, adding three-fourths of an infield and a catcher for the season ahead.

    Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee will join slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria across the infield, and all three represent solid low-cost improvements for a rebuilding team. One of the best young pitching staffs in baseball will be entrusted to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was signed to a three-year, $21 million after the best offensive season of his career.

Seattle Mariners

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    2B Robinson Cano
    2B Robinson CanoOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (1): 2B Robinson Cano
    4-Star (1): 
    1B/OF Corey Hart
    3-Star (2): 1B/OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck
    2-Star (3): SS Willie Bloomquist, OF Cole Gillespie, RP Ramon Ramirez

    Total: 28 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The splash move of the offseason to this point has to be the Seattle Mariners' signing of Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million deal. It may not be enough to make them immediate contenders, but it does put the rest of the league on notice that the rebuilding Mariners are ready to take a big step forward.

    The team also added injury-returnee Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison at the winter meetings, as it looks to improve an offense that was still among the worst in the league last year. John Buck and Willie Bloomquist are nice veteran bench pieces to offset what is a young roster top to bottom.

Detroit Tigers

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    RP Joe Nathan
    RP Joe NathanRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (2): 2B Ian Kinsler, RP Joe Nathan
    4-Star (0): 
    3-Star (1): OF Rajai Davis 
    2-Star (4): UT Steve Lombardozzi, RP Joba Chamberlain, RP Ian Krol, OF Trevor Crowe

    Total: 28 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Detroit Tigers dealt a pair of key pieces this offseason in Prince Fielder and Doug Fister, but long term, that should allow them to retain the likes of Max Scherzer and Miguel Cabrera, so they were necessary moves. They also added a true leadoff hitter in the process, as Ian Kinsler is a major upgrade over Austin Jackson atop the lineup.

    The biggest addition may well be veteran closer Joe Nathan, though, as he will bring some needed stability to a bullpen that was a question mark for much of 2013. Speedster Rajai Davis should at least get platoon at-bats in left field, and he adds a new dynamic to the offense as well.

Kansas City Royals

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    2B Omar Infante
    2B Omar InfanteJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (3): SP Jason Vargas, 2B Omar Infante, RF Norichika Aoki
    3-Star (1): 3B Danny Valencia
    2-Star (4): C Ramon Hernandez, SP Brad Penny, SP P.J. Walters, OF Melky Mesa

    Total: 29 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Kansas City Royals had three clear needs this offseason, as they looked for upgrades at second base and in right field while also trying to replace Ervin Santana in the rotation, and they have filled all three of those needs.

    Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante will likely hit one-two in the lineup this coming year, and they should have a major impact on the team's offensive attack. Whether Jason Vargas was worth signing to a four-year deal is debatable, but he is a reliable veteran that should eat innings if nothing else. Acquiring Danny Valencia to light a fire under Mike Moustakas at third base and provide some pop off the bench was a nice move as well.

Chicago White Sox

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

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): 1B Jose Abreu
    3-Star (5): CF Adam Eaton, 3B Matt Davidson, SP Felipe Paulino, RP Ronald Belisario, RP Scott Downs
    2-Star (3): C Adrian Nieto, SP Eric Surkamp, UT Jake Elmore

    Total: 30 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    After acquiring Avisail Garcia and a few other pieces in dealing Jake Peavy and Alex Rios last August, the Chicago White Sox have continued to add young talent this offseason and finally look to be committed to rebuilding the roster.

    Adam Eaton has the potential to be a plus table setter and Matt Davidson has legitimate 30-home run potential at the hot corner. The big signing, though, was Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, who replaces Paul Konerko at first base and in the middle of the lineup. Felipe Paulino is coming off Tommy John surgery, and he could be a huge bargain if he proves healthy and can lock down a rotation spot.

Los Angeles Angels

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    SP Hector Santiago
    SP Hector SantiagoJason Miller/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (2): SP Hector Santiago, RP Joe Smith
    3-Star (3): 3B David Freese, SP Tyler Skaggs, DH Raul Ibanez
    2-Star (5): IF John McDonald, RP Fernando Salas, RP Brian Moran, SP Mark Mulder, RP Clay Rapada

    Total: 31 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    There has been no Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton splash signing for the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, but top to bottom this has probably been the best offseason the team has had in years. The big move came when they dealt Mark Trumbo at the winter meetings, acquiring Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to fill out the back of the rotation.

    They also found a third baseman—no easy task in this year's market—when they sent extra outfielder Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals for David Freese. Throw in the addition of Joe Smith to the bullpen and signing of Raul Ibanez to replace some of the power lost with Trumbo's departure, and it's been a good offseason for the Angels.

Colorado Rockies

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    SP Brett Anderson
    SP Brett AndersonThomas B. Shea/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (1): SP Brett Anderson
    3-Star (5): SP Franklin Morales, RP Boone Logan, RP LaTroy Hawkins, 1B Justin Morneau, OF Drew Stubbs
    2-Star (5): OF Brandon Barnes, SP Jordan Lyles, RP Greg Burke, RP Tommy Kahnle, RP Chris Martin

    Total: 32 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Brett Anderson has the stuff to be one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and the Colorado Rockies are banking on him staying healthy in 2013. The 25-year-old has not made more than 19 starts since his 2009 rookie season, though.

    It's clear that pitching has been the Rockies' main focus, as Franklin Morales is expected to join Anderson in the rotation, while LaTroy Hawkins and Boone Logan were signed to bolster the bullpen. There will be a new face at first base for the first time since 1997 with the retirement of Todd Helton, but Justin Morneau should at least be able to duplicate his production from the past few years.

Houston Astros

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    CF Dexter Fowler
    CF Dexter FowlerGarrett Ellwood/Getty Images

    "Recruit Breakdown

    5-Star (0): 
    4-Star (3): CF Dexter Fowler, SP Scott Feldman, RP Jesse Crain
    3-Star (2): RP Chad Qualls, RP Matt Albers
    2-Star (4): SP Anthony Bass, 1B/OF Jesus Guzman, SS Cesar Izturis, RP Raul Valdes

    Total: 33 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    Last offseason, the signings of Erik Bedard and Carlos Pena were the biggest moves the rebuilding Houston Astros made. They've been much more active this winter, though, as they look to avoid a fourth straight 100-loss season while they continue to wait on young talent to develop.

    Dexter Fowler was acquired from the Colorado Rockies, and he gives them another piece to build around at the big league level. Scott Feldman was signed to anchor a young starting rotation, while the additions of Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers give the bullpen a completely new look in the late innings.

Texas Rangers

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

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (2): 1B Prince Fielder, LF Shin-Soo Choo
    4-Star (0):

    3-Star (2): LF Michael Choice, C J.P. Arencibia
    2-Star (6): RP Shawn Tolleson, UT Brent Lillibridge, OF Alex Castellanos, RP Chaz Roe, RP Jose Contreras, RP Miles Mikolas

    Total: 34 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    After losing Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young last offseason, the Texas Rangers could again claim the title of the league's most feared offensive attack this coming season thanks to the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to a lineup that already featured Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre, among others.

    Losing Joe Nathan hurts, but the team has solid internal options to close in Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, so the bullpen should be all right. The team could look to add a starter before the offseason is over, after Derek Holland suffered a freak knee injury that will sideline him until midseason.

Oakland Athletics

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    RP Luke Gregerson
    RP Luke GregersonJustin Edmonds/Getty Images

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (0):
    4-Star (3): RP Jim Johnson, RP Luke Gregerson, SP Scott Kazmir
    3-Star (3): OF Craig Gentry, SP/RP Drew Pomeranz, RP Fernando Abad
    2-Star (4): SS Nick Punto, RP Josh Lindblom, SP Philip Humber, OF Corey Brown

    Total: 37 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Oakland A's have not made any flashy moves this offseason, but they have added a handful of useful pieces that should again allow them to shuffle their lineup and bullpen on a game-to-game basis this coming season.

    Gone is Grant Balfour at the back of the bullpen, but Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson and Fernando Abad will join Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle in what should still be one of the best 'pens in the league. Scott Kazmir replaces Bartolo Colon as the elder statesman of the rotation, while Craig Gentry should see plenty of playing time as the team's fourth outfielder in place of Chris Young.

New York Yankees

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    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    CF Jacoby EllsburyNoah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    "Recruit" Breakdown

    5-Star (3): C Brian McCann, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RF Carlos Beltran
    4-Star (0): 
    3-Star (3): 2B/3B Kelly Johnson, 2B Brian Roberts, RP Matt Thornton
    2-Star (3): IF Scott Sizemore, UT Dean Anna, IF Yamaico Navarro

    Total: 45 points

     

    Offseason Overview

    No team has added more talent this offseason than the New York Yankees, and with a clear need in their rotation and perhaps at the back end of the bullpen, chances are they are not finished adding pieces to the 2014 roster.

    Losing Robinson Cano hurts, but a healthy season from Mark Teixeira and the additions of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran should make for an improved offensive attack even without him. Relying on Brian Roberts at second base is certainly a risk, and Kelly Johnson is probably best served in a utility role as opposed to as the everyday third baseman, but the team is improved nonetheless.