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Offseason Report Card Grades for All 30 MLB Teams so Far

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

Offseason Report Card Grades for All 30 MLB Teams so Far

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    Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

    Spring training is set to kick off in less than a month, and it has been an exciting offseason across the league this winter, as teams have tweakedand, in some cases, overhauledtheir roster for the upcoming season.

    There are still a number of impact players who have yet to find homes this offseason, due in large part to the waiting game a number of teams were playing with Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Now that he has signed, the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Bronson Arroyo will likely find homes soon.

    On the offensive side of things, a trio of players who received qualifying offers remain on the market in Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. Draft-pick compensation has hurt all three of their stocks, but they should all find everyday jobs before Opening Day.

    While there is still a lot to be determined, here is a look at how all 30 MLB teams grade out so far this offseason. Think of a grade of "C" as being neutral, meaning the team has not gotten any better or any worse this offseason, with the rest of the grades stemming out from there.

     

    *All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    RP Addison Reed
    RP Addison ReedPatrick Semansky/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    LF Mark Trumbo.234/.294/.453, 34 HR, 100 RBI, 85 RTrade-LAA
    RP Addison Reed68 G, 5-4, 40 SV, 3.79 ERA, 9.1 K/9Trade-CWS
    3B Eric Chavez.281/.332/.478, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 28 RRe-signed
    OF Matt Tuiasosopo.244/.351/.415, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 26 RWaivers
    C Henry Blanco.142/.228/.246, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 11 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    It cost them a trio of promising young players in Tyler Skaggs, Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson, but the Diamondbacks were able to pull of a pair of big trades this offseason. Mark Trumbo was acquired to provide a much-needed power bat to protect Paul Goldschmidt, while young closer Addison Reed was picked up to improve the back end of the bullpen.

    Re-signing Eric Chavez was a good move, as he was the team's top hitter off the bench last year. Henry Blanco will get a chance to replace Wil Nieves as the team's backup catcher, while Matt Tuiasosopo will be in the running for a bench job as well.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Two of their biggest needs were filled via trade, but the Diamondbacks could still use a frontline starter to anchor their staff. Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill are all solid arms, but none profile as a legitimate staff ace.

     

    Grade: B-

Atlanta Braves

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    C Ryan Doumit
    C Ryan DoumitRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    C Ryan Doumit .247/.314/.396, 14 HR, 55 RBI, 49 RTrade-MIN
    SP Gavin Floyd5 GS, 0-4, 5.18 ERA, 25 K, 24.1 IP Free Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    It's been a quiet offseason for the Braves, but with few needs up and down the roster, that was expected. Ryan Doumit was acquired to fill the role that Evan Gattis did last season, as Gattis will move to the role of primary catcher now that Brian McCann is gone.

    Their only other significant addition was Gavin Floyd, who the team hopes can provide a veteran presence in the rotation after Tim Hudson signed with the San Francisco Giants. Floyd missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but he is expected to be back within a month or so of Opening Day.

     

    Remaining Needs

    From a roster standpoint, the Braves don't have any glaring needs, though adding another veteran starter would be a smart move. Extending one or more of their young core pieces this offseason would have been nice, but it is not a necessity, as they're all still under team control beyond 2014.

     

    Grade: C-

Baltimore Orioles

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    RP Ryan Webb
    RP Ryan WebbHoward Smith-USA TODAY Sports

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    LF David Lough.286/.311/.413, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 35 RTrade-KC
    RP Ryan Webb66 G, 2-6, 2.91 ERA, 54 K, 80.1 IP Free Agent
    2B Jemile Weeks*.271/.376/.369, 4 HR, 40 RBI, 96 RTrade-OAK
    RP Brad Brach 33 G, 1-0, 3.19 ERA, 31 K, 31 IP Trade-SD
    OF Delmon Young.260/.307/.407, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 30 RFree Agent

    *Triple-A stats

     

    Offseason Overview

    For an Orioles team looking to keep pace in the AL East, it's been a quiet offseason. Trading closer Jim Johnson has been the big move so far, as it freed up roughly $10 million in salary space and netted them a starting second base candidate in Jemile Weeks.

    Nate McLouth departed in free agency, and the team replaced him by trading for David Lough in what looks to be at least a slight downgrade. Signing reliever Ryan Webb to a two-year, $4.5 million deal looks like their best move of the offseason.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Orioles could still use an impact starting pitcher, a late-inning reliever and a power bat to fill the DH role. They were a surprise playoff team in 2012, but they were unable to keep pace this past season and look to have fallen even further behind the pack with their lack of activity this offseason.

     

    Grade: D

Boston Red Sox

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    C A.J. Pierzynski
    C A.J. PierzynskiThomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    1B Mike Napoli .259/.360/.482, 23 HR, 92 RBI, 79 RRe-signed
    C A.J. Pierzynski.272/.297/.425, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 48 RFree Agent
    RP Edward Mujica 65 G, 2-1, 37 SV, 2.78 ERA, 46 K, 64.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Burke Badenhop 63 G, 2-3, 3.47 ERA, 42 K, 62.1 IP Trade-MIL
    IF Jonathan Herrera.292/.336/.364, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 16 RTrade-COL

     

    Offseason Overview

    Re-signing first baseman Mike Napoli was the team's top priority, and they came to terms with the slugger on a two-year, $32 million deal. Meanwhile, they let the rival Yankees overspend on Jacoby Ellsbury and also saw Jarrod Saltalamacchia depart for Miami.

    A.J. Pierzynski should fit right in as the replacement for Saltalamacchia, and the team also took steps to shore up their middle relief with the additions of Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica. The Mujica deal in particular looks like a good one, as he was lights out before tiring down the stretch. He should be a bargain on the two-year, $9.5 million deal he signed.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Red Sox will be relying on a pair of rookies to replace Ellsbury and Drew in Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts. Both players look more than capable of holding down their respective positions, but having an insurance policy in place certainly wouldn't hurt. Beyond that, the Red Sox look to be in a good position to defend their AL East title as long as their aging rotation stays healthy.

     

    Grade: B+

Chicago Cubs

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    RP Jose Veras
    RP Jose VerasBob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    RP Jose Veras 67 G, 0-5, 21 SV, 3.02 ERA, 60 K, 62.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Wesley Wright70 G, 0-4, 3.69 ERA, 55 K, 53.2 IP Free Agent
    OF Justin Ruggiano .222/.298/.396, 18 HR, 50 RBI, 49 RTrade-MIA
    IF Ryan Roberts.247/.295/.377, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 15 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Cubs' third offseason under Theo Epstein and Co. has been an incredibly quiet one. But that was to be expected, as most view the team as at least a year away from taking a step forward toward contention.

    Jose Veras was signed to a reasonable one-year, $4 million deal to serve as the team's closer, and Wesley Wright will help bolster the bullpen as well. The team swapped Brian Bogusevic for Justin Ruggiano in a trade of No. 4 outfielders, while utility man Ryan Roberts should have a good chance of making the team on a minor-league deal.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Pitching remains the Cubs' biggest need looking toward the future, but spending on one of the market's top arms this offseason didn't make senseunless it was going to be 25-year-old Masahiro Tanaka. The team is now out on the Japanese right-hander, as he has signed a huge deal with the New York Yankees. But aside from not signing him, their offseason has gone as expected.

     

    Grade: C

Chicago White Sox

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    3B Matt Davidson
    3B Matt DavidsonDustin Bradford/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    1B Jose Abreu+.382/.535/.735, 13 HR, 36 RBI, 37 RFree Agent
    CF Adam Eaton.252/.314/.360, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 40 RTrade-ARI
    3B Matt Davidson*.280/.350/.481, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 55 RTrade-ARI
    SP Felipe Paulino ~7 GS, 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 39 K, 37.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Scott Downs68 G, 4-4, 2.49 ERA, 37 K, 43.1 IP Free Agent
    RP Ronald Belisario 77 G, 5-7, 3.97 ERA, 49 K, 68 IP Free Agent
    1B Paul Konerko.244/.313/.355, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 41 RRe-signed

    *Triple-A stats, ~2012 stats, +2013 stats in Cuba

     

    Offseason Overview

    The White Sox began rebuilding last August, when they dealt Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, and they have continued adding young talent this offseason.

    They started by signing Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to a six-year deal at the start of the offseason, and they then added center fielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Matt Davidson in separate deals with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Felipe Paulino is a nice low-cost signing, and the additions of Scott Downs and Ronald Belisario should help offset the loss of Addison Reed in the bullpen.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The addition of Eaton has left the White Sox with a crowded outfield, and either Dayan Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza appear headed for the bench. Trading one of them to help out in the starting rotation or just to add more depth to the farm system would make sense. Other than that, expect a lot of young guys to get extended looks as the rebuilding continues.

     

    Grade: A

Cincinnati Reds

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    C Brayan Pena
    C Brayan PenaJason Miller/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    RP Manny Parra 57 G, 2-3, 3.33 ERA, 56 K, 46 IP Re-signed
    UTIL Skip Schumaker .263/.332/.332, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 31 RFree Agent
    C Brayan Pena.297/.315/.397, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 19 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    While losing Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo hurts, the Reds already had replacements in place for both. Speedy prospect Billy Hamilton will step into the leadoff spot and play center field, while Tony Cingrani has already enjoyed success at the big-league level and should move seamlessly into a regular rotation spot.

    Skip Schumaker and Brayan Pena were signed to bolster the bench, the one area that really needed to be addressed. Re-signing left-hander Manny Parra on a two-year deal keeps what was a solid bullpen intact as well.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Reds appear to be set from a starting lineup standpoint, but they could use some additional depth at a few positions. It remains to be seen just how well Hamilton's bat will hold up over extended playing time, so signing a backup center fielder who is capable of stepping into an expanded role looks like their biggest need.

     

    Grade: C+

Cleveland Indians

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    RP John Axford
    RP John AxfordRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    RP John Axford 75 G, 7-7, 4.02 ERA, 65 K, 65 IP Free Agent
    RP Josh Outman 61 G, 3-0, 4.33 ERA, 53 K, 54 IP Trade-COL
    RF David Murphy.220/.282/.374, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 51 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Indians lost a pair of key starting pitchers to free agency this offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, though Jimenez remains unsigned to this point and could yet wind up back with the team. To this point, the team has failed to sign a starter to replace either of them, though Shaun Marcum was added on a minor-league deal.

    The bullpen said goodbye to Chris Perez, Joe Smith and Matt Albers, and the team has replaced them with John Axford and Josh Outman. The team also signed David Murphy to replace Drew Stubbs in right field, as Stubbs was shipped to the Colorado Rockies for Outman.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The starting rotation has to be addressed at some point this offseason, as the team needs at least one more proven starter if they are going to have any chance of returning to the postseason. Adding another solid reliever or two alongside Axford, Outman and Cody Allen wouldn't hurt either.

     

    Grade: C-

Colorado Rockies

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    RP LaTroy Hawkins
    RP LaTroy HawkinsHunter Martin/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Brett Anderson16 G, 1-4, 6.04 ERA, 46 K, 44.2 IP Trade-OAK
    RP LaTroy Hawkins72 G, 3-2, 13 SV, 2.93 ERA, 55 K, 70.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Boone Logan61 G, 5-2, 3.23 ERA, 50 K, 39 IP Free Agent
    1B Justin Morneau.259/.323/.411, 17 HR, 77 RBI, 62 RFree Agent
    RP Franklin Morales20 G, 2-2, 4.62 ERA, 21 K, 25.1 IP Trade-BOS
    OF Drew Stubbs .233/.305/.360, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 59 RTrade-CLE
    OF Brandon Barnes.240/.289/.346, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 46 RTrade-HOU
    SP Jordan Lyles 25 GS, 7-9, 5.59 ERA, 93 K, 141.2 IP Trade-HOU

     

    Offseason Overview

    As with years past, pitching remains the biggest question mark for the Rockies. The team took a chance by acquiring Brett Anderson, who has all the talent to be a frontline starter but has failed to make more than 19 starts in a season since 2009.

    LaTroy Hawkins and Boone Logan should help improve the bullpen alongside Rex Brothers, while Justin Morneau replaces the retired Todd Helton at first base. Trading Dexter Fowler means sliding Carlos Gonzalez over to center field and turning things over to a platoon in left field, where they have enough offense to offset that loss.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Given the injury history of Anderson, some additional starting pitching depth would be nice. Reinforcements could come from the minor leagues though, as top prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler should both be called up at some point in 2014. A proven bat in left field would be nice, but unless they sign Nelson Cruz, no one left on the market would provide much of an upgrade.

     

    Grade: B+

Detroit Tigers

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    RP Joe Nathan
    RP Joe NathanPaul Sancya/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    2B Ian Kinsler.277/.344/.413, 13 HR, 72 RBI, 85 RTrade-TEX
    RP Joe Nathan67 G, 6-2, 43 SV, 1.39 ERA, 73 K, 64.2 IP Free Agent
    OF Rajai Davis.260/.312/.375, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 49 R, 45 SBFree Agent
    RP Ian Krol 32 G, 2-1, 3.95 ERA, 22 K, 27.1 IP Trade-WAS
    RP Joba Chamberlain45 G, 2-1, 4.93 ERA, 38 K, 42 IP Free Agent
    UTIL Steve Lombardozzi .259/.278/.338, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 25 RTrade-WAS

     

    Offseason Overview

    For a team built to win now and coming off of three straight AL Central titles, the Tigers did a little more than just tweak their roster this offseason. Slugger Prince Fielder was shipped to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler, and No. 4 starter Doug Fister was traded to the Washington Nationals for two backups and a mid-level pitching prospect.

    In the long run, those deals should free up the money needed to re-sign Max Scherzer and Miguel Cabrera, and the team is still in a position to make a run at the AL pennant. Signing Joe Nathan should solidify the bullpen, and speedster Rajai Davis gives the team an added speed element in a left field platoon role.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Protection for Cabrera could be an issue, with DH Victor Martinez and center fielder Austin Jackson currently slated to hit behind him. The team could look to upgrade over Andy Dirks in left field by signing Nelson Cruz, and he would also give them a legitimate cleanup hitter. Whether they want to spend that kind of money remains to be seen though.

     

    Grade: C

Houston Astros

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    SP Scott Feldman
    SP Scott FeldmanPatrick Smith/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    CF Dexter Fowler.263/.369/.407, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 71 RTrade-COL
    SP Scott Feldman 30 GS, 12-12, 3.86 ERA, 132 K, 181.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Jesse Crain 38 G, 2-2, 0.74 ERA, 46 K, 36.2 IP Free Agent
    RP Chad Qualls 66 G, 5-2, 2.61 ERA, 49 K, 62 IP Free Agent
    RP Matt Albers 56 G, 3-1, 3.14 ERA, 35 K, 63 IP Free Agent
    OF Jesus Guzman.226/.297/.378, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 33 RTrade-SD

     

    Offseason Overview

    After the free-agent signings of Erik Bedard and Carlos Pena highlighted last offseason, the Astros have been far more active this winter as they look to avoid a fourth straight 100-loss season. They are still focused on long-term rebuilding, but their moves should make them more competitive in the short-term, too.

    Scott Feldman gives the young rotation a veteran anchor, and the bullpen should be vastly improved with the addition of a trio of proven veterans. The big move was trading for Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler, as he joins Jose Altuve and Jason Castro as proven big-league bats to build around.

     

    Remaining Needs

    At this point, it's still about getting young guys playing time and deciding who fits into the team's future plans. Signing a shortstop as insurance to Jonathan Villar would make sense, but for the most part, they'll continue to evaluate in-house options. An extension for Castro could also be a smart move after the catcher turned in a breakout 2013 season.

     

    Grade: B+

Kansas City Royals

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    RF Norichika Aoki
    RF Norichika AokiMike McGinnis/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Jason Vargas24 GS, 9-8, 4.02 ERA, 109 K, 150 IP Free Agent
    2B Omar Infante .318/.345/.450, 10 HR, 51 RBI, 54 RFree Agent
    RF Norichika Aoki .286/.356/.370, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 80 RTrade-MIL
    3B Danny Valencia.304/.335/.553, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 20 RTrade-BAL

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Royals entered the offseason in need of a replacement for Ervin Santana in the starting rotation and upgrades at both second base and right field. They had those three areas addressed before Christmas and now look poised to make a run at their first playoff appearance since 1985.

    Jason Vargas was signed to a four-year, $32 million deal to replace Santana, Omar Infante got a four-year, $30.25 million deal to take over at second base, and Norichika Aoki was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for left-handed reliever Will Smith. The team also picked up Danny Valencia in a trade, and he should help light a fire under Mike Moustakas, if nothing else.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The back end of the starting rotation is something of a question mark with Wade David and Danny Duffy currently penciled into the final two spots. However, top prospects Yordano Ventura and Kyle Zimmer are both expected to see the majors in 2014, so they could be the answers there. Besides that, the team looks set to build on a solid second half to the 2013 season.

     

    Grade: A

Los Angeles Angels

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    SP Tyler Skaggs
    SP Tyler SkaggsDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Hector Santiago23 GS, 4-9, 3.56 ERA, 137 K, 149 IP Trade-CWS
    3B David Freese .262/.340/.381, 9 HR, 60 RBI, 53 RTrade-STL
    SP Tyler Skaggs 7 GS, 2-3, 5.12 ERA, 36 K, 38.2 IP Trade-ARI
    RP Joe Smith70 G, 6-2, 2.29 ERA, 54 K, 63 IP Free Agent
    DH Raul Ibanez.242/.306/.487, 29 HR, 65 RBI, 54 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    Filling out the starting rotation behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards was clearly the Angels' biggest need this offseason. They accomplished that at the winter meetings by shipping slugger Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that netted them left-handers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs.

    The team also filled a need at third base, shipping fourth outfielder Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals for David Freese. Joe Smith gives them another proven late-inning reliever, while Raul Ibanez should help replace some of the power that was lost in the Trumbo deal.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Skaggs has a bright future, but after going a combined 3-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 13 starts over the past two years, he could benefit from starting the season in the minors. Santiago also has experience pitching out of the bullpen, so if the team did sign someone, he could be bumped from the rotation.

     

    Grade: B+

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    SP Dan Haren
    SP Dan HarenNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Dan Haren30 GS, 10-14, 4.67 ERA, 151 K, 169.2 IP Free Agent
    3B Juan Uribe.278/.331/.438, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 47 RRe-signed
    2B Alex Guerrero*.290/.402/.576, 21 HR, 51 RBI, 51 RFree Agent
    RP Brian Wilson18 G, 2-1, 0.66 ERA, 13 K, 13.2 IP Re-signed
    RP Chris Perez54 G, 5-3, 25 SV, 4.33 ERA, 54 K, 54 IP Free Agent
    RP Jamey Wright66 G, 2-2, 3.09 ERA, 65 K, 70 IP Free Agent
    RP J.P. Howell67 G, 4-1, 2.03 ERA, 54 K, 62 IP Re-signed

    *2012 stats in Cuba

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Dodgers were obviously very much in the running for Masahiro Tanaka, but they were finally outbid by the equally rich New York Yankees. Even without signing Tanaka, however, it's been a successful offseason. The bullpen has been the main area of focus, as J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson were both re-signed and Chris Perez and Jamey Wright were added in free agency.

    Juan Uribe was re-signed as the best and, really, only option at third base, while Cuban defector Alex Guerrero will replace Mark Ellis as the everyday second baseman. A strong finish to the season netted Dan Haren a one-year, $10 million deal, and if he pitches like he did down the stretch last year, the Dodgers could have the best rotation in baseball, even without Tanaka.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Speedster Dee Gordon is the only backup infielder currently slated to make the Opening Day roster, and he has only ever played shortstop over an extended period of time. Guerrero remains an unknown commodity, and a good 2013 still doesn't erase how bad Uribe was the previous two seasons, so a backup infielder who is capable of stepping in at either spot would be a good addition. Re-signing Michael Young may be the best option, though.

     

    Grade: A-

Miami Marlins

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    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    C Jarrod SaltalamacchiaDavid Manning-USA TODAY Sports

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia .273/.338/.466, 14 HR, 65 RBI, 68 RFree Agent
    1B Garrett Jones.233/.289/.419, 15 HR, 51 RBI, 41 RFree Agent
    2B Rafael Furcal*.264/.325/.346, 5 HR, 49 RBI, 69 RFree Agent
    3B Casey McGehee *.217/.284/.358, 9 HR, 41 RBI, 36 RFree Agent
    RP Carter Capps 53 G, 3-3, 5.49 ERA, 66 K, 59 IP Trade-SEA
    OF Brian Bogusevic .273/.323/.462, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 18 RTrade-CHC

    *2012 stats

     

    Offseason Overview

    After another fire sale last offseason, the Marlins were left with a gutted roster and an anemic offensive attack. The team's starting pitching was actually a plus in 2013, but it was clear they needed to add some pieces to the lineup, even if they were just short-term fixes for the rebuilding franchise.

    In the end, they wound up signing 3/4 of a new infield in Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee. It's worth noting, however, that Furcal didn't play at all last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and McGehee spent the year in Japan. The big addition was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who will guide one of the best young rotations in baseball from behind the plate and is coming off the best offensive season of his career.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Some additional infield depth and another bullpen arm would be welcome, but for the most part, the Marlins look ready to start the season. They're not going to contend for a playoff spot, but their offense should at least be respectable this year after putting up an MLB-worst 3.17 runs per game last year.

     

    Grade: B+

Milwaukee Brewers

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    1B Mark Reynolds
    1B Mark ReynoldsAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    1B Mark Reynolds.220/.306/.393, 21 HR, 67 RBI, 55 RFree Agent
    RP Will Smith19 G, 2-1, 3.24 ERA, 43 K, 33.1 IP Trade-KC
    1B Lyle Overbay.240/.295/.393, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 43 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Brewers are the only team in baseball that has yet to sign someone to a guaranteed major-league contact in free agency this winter, though all signs point to either Mark Reynolds or Lyle Overbay—or perhaps bothmaking the roster on minor-league deals.

    Will Smith was acquired from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Norichika Aoki, and he'll help out in the bullpen. Moving Aoki also opens up an everyday spot for Khris Davis, who hit .279/.353/.596 with 10 doubles and 11 home runs in 136 at-bats.

     

    Remaining Needs

    For as quiet as their offseason has been, the Brewers don't have any glaring needs now that first base has been addressed. Their biggest need is for the lineup to stay healthy and the starting rotation to pitch up to it's potential, as they look to avoid another disappointing season.

     

    Grade: C

Minnesota Twins

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    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Ricky NolascoNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Ricky Nolasco 33 GS, 13-11, 3.70 ERA, 165 K, 199.1 IP Free Agent
    SP Phil Hughes29 GS, 4-14, 5.19 ERA, 121 K, 145.2 IP Free Agent
    SP Mike Pelfrey 29 GS, 5-13, 5.19 ERA, 101 K, 152.2 IP Re-signed
    C Kurt Suzuki.232/.290/.337, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 25 RFree Agent
    DH Jason Kubel .216/.293/.317, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 21 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    After their starters had quality starts in an MLB-worst 38% of games last season, it was clear the Twins needed to address their rotation in the offseason, and they've done just that. Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes were given the two biggest free-agent deals in team history, and Mike Pelfrey was re-signed as well.

    Kurt Suzuki was added to bridge the gap until catching prospect Josmil Pinto is ready, as Joe Mauer will make the full-time move to first base this coming season. The team has also reunited with Jason Kubel on a minor-league deal, and he has a good chance to crack the roster as the primary DH.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Twins' biggest need is for time to move forward about two years, as they have perhaps the best farm system in all of baseball, and the future is incredibly bright. As far as this coming season, throwing another starter into the mix for a rotation spot couldn't hurt, either.

     

    Grade: B-

New York Mets

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    LF Curtis Granderson
    LF Curtis GrandersonPhelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    LF Curtis Granderson.229/.317/.407, 7 HR, 15 RBI, 31 RFree Agent
    SP Bartolo Colon30 GS, 18-6, 2.65 ERA, 117 K, 190.1 IP Free Agent
    RF Chris Young.200/.280/.379, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 46 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    With a good deal of money coming off the books, the Mets were expected to be busy this offseason. It may be another year or two before they can legitimately contend for a playoff spot, but they're heading in the right direction and have a wealth of young talent, particularly in terms of pitching.

    Chris Young and Curtis Granderson were signed to join Juan Lagares in what should be a vastly improved offensive outfield. All three have played center field in the past, so they should cover plenty of ground as well. The team also signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal, as he will help ease the loss of Matt Harvey this coming season atop the rotation.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Shortstop is a clear need for the Mets, and they could yet make a run at Stephen Drew to fill that void. The bullpen is also thin and relatively inexperienced behind Bobby Parnell, so another veteran arm or two could go a long way there.

     

    Grade: B+

New York Yankees

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    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    CF Jacoby EllsburyJohn Minchillo/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Masahiro Tanaka *27 GS, 24-0, 1.27 ERA, 183 K, 212 IP Free Agent
    CF Jacoby Ellsbury .298/.355/.426, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 92 R, 52 SBFree Agent
    C Brian McCann.256/.336/.461, 20 HR, 57 RBI, 43 RFree Agent
    RF Carlos Beltran.296/.339/.491, 24 HR, 84 RBI, 79 RFree Agent
    SP Hiroki Kuroda 32 GS, 11-13, 3.31 ERA, 150 K, 201.1 IP Re-signed
    3B Kelly Johnson.235/.305/.410, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 41 RFree Agent
    RP Matt Thornton60 G, 0-4, 3.74 ERA, 30 K, 43.1 IP Free Agent
    2B Brian Roberts.249/.312/.392, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 33 RFree Agent
    SS Brendan Ryan.197/.255/.273, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 30 RRe-signed

    *2013 stats in Japan

     

    Offseason Overview

    After struggling to score runs for the better part of 2013, the Yankees have spent aggressively this offseason, adding three of the top bats on the market in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. They also added infielders Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson, both of whom will be counted on in everyday roles to kick off the season.

    They continued their busy offseason on Wednesday, as they emerged as the winners of the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, signing the Japanese right-hander to a seven-year, $155 million deal according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

     

    Remaining Needs

    With Tanaka in the fold, the rotation doesn't look bad at all, as he'll join CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda. The team could still look to address the bullpen though, as there is a void in the late innings following the retirement of Mariano Rivera.

     

    Grade: A

Oakland Athletics

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    SP Scott Kazmir
    SP Scott KazmirMark Duncan/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsAcquired
    SP Scott Kazmir29 GS, 10-9, 4.04 ERA, 162 K, 158 IP Free Agent
    RP Jim Johnson74 G, 3-8, 50 SV, 2.94 ERA, 56 K, 70.1 IP Trade-BAL
    RP Luke Gregerson 73 G, 6-8, 2.71 ERA, 64 K, 66.1 IP Trade-SD
    OF Craig Gentry.280/.373/.386, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 39 R, 24 SBTrade-TEX
    IF Nick Punto .255/.328/.327, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 34 RFree Agent
    RP Fernando Abad 39 G, 0-3, 3.35 ERA, 32 K, 37.2 IP Trade-WSH

     

    Offseason Overview

    The A's have been as busy as anyone this offseason, as they continue to make the most of their limited payroll space by valuing pitching and defensive versatility. Scott Kazmir is the biggest signing to this point, as he was added on a two-year deal to replace Bartolo Colon as the veteran starter in a young rotation.

    Jim Johnson was acquired to replace Grant Balfour at closer, and the team also acquired elite setup man Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith. Craig Gentry was picked up in a deal with the Texas Rangers, and he replaces Chris Young as the likely oft-used fourth outfielder.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The team will need to sort out who will fill the No. 5 starter spot, with A.J. Griffin expected to get a push from Tommy Milone and Drew Pomeranz, among others. As far as adding more pieces, though, they don't have any clear needs.

     

    Grade: B+

Philadelphia Phillies

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    RF Marlon Byrd
    RF Marlon ByrdGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    RF Marlon Byrd.291/.336/.511, 24 HR, 88 RBI, 75 RFree Agent
    C Carlos Ruiz.268/.320/.368, 5 HR, 37 RBI, 30 RRe-signed
    SP Roberto Hernandez24 GS, 6-13, 4.89 ERA, 113 K, 151 IP Free Agent
    RP Brad Lincoln22 G, 1-2, 3.98 ERA, 25 K, 31.2 IP Trade-TOR
    RP Chad Gaudin 30 G, 5-2, 3.06 ERA, 88 K, 97 IP Free Agent
    C Wil Nieves.297/.320/.369, 1 HR, 22 RBI, 16 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Phillies lost 89 games last season, their highest total since they went 65-97 back in 2000. And at this point, it's clear that their window for title contention has closed. Rather than begin rebuilding, though, they have opted to make a handful of additions this offseason that should allow them to make a run at .500.

    Marlon Byrd will be 36, and after a surprise 2013 season, he is a prime candidate for some sharp regression. Veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz was also re-signed to a three-year deal despite a big drop in his offensive production last season, while Roberto Hernandez may wind up taking a rotation spot from one of the team's younger starting options.

     

    Remaining Needs

    What the Phillies need to do is blow it up and start rebuilding, but with so many aging stars locked into expensive deals, that will be easier said than done. They've plugged the glaring holes this offseason and should remain at least competitive in the year ahead, but the team's long-term outlook is not great at this point.

     

    Grade: F

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Edinson VolquezGeorge Nikitin/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    SP Edinson Volquez 32 GS, 9-12, 5.71 ERA, 142 K, 170.1 IP Free Agent
    SS Clint Barmes .211/.249/.309, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 22 RRe-signed
    C Chris Stewart.211/.293/.272, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 28 RTrade-NYY

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Pirates made a pair of fantastic additions last offseason, signing Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin as free agents. Those two deserve as much credit as anyone for helping the team finally snap their postseason drought and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

    They've been relatively quiet this offseason, with their big signing being Edinson Volquez, who will replace A.J. Burnett in the rotation should he choose not to re-sign with the team. That's a clear downgrade, but full seasons from Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Wandy Rodriguez as well as the arrival of Jameson Taillon should help offset that.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The most glaring need for the Pirates is finding a a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first base, as he had a .987 OPS against left-handed pitching, compared to just .619 against right-handed pitching. Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness could get a look as internal options for the job. Aside from that, the team looks ready to make another run at the playoffs.

     

    Grade: C-

San Diego Padres

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    SP Josh Johnson
    SP Josh JohnsonGreg Fiume/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    SP Josh Johnson16 GS, 2-8, 6.20 ERA, 83 K, 81.1 IP Free Agent
    RP Joaquin Benoit 66 G, 4-1, 24 SV, 2.01 ERA, 73 K, 67 IP Free Agent
    RF Seth Smith.253/.329/.391, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 49 RTrade-OAK

     

    Offseason Overview

    Starting pitching has been an issue for the Padres the past few seasons, but the emergence of Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross in the second half last season, coupled with the addition of Ian Kennedy at the deadline, already had them looking better heading into 2014. They then added perhaps the most attractive bounce-back candidate on the market in Josh Johnson on a one-year deal.

    Ace setup man Luke Gregerson was traded to the Oakland A's for outfielder Seth Smith, and he was replaced in the bullpen by free-agent Joaquin Benoit. They lack a legitimate star player, but they have quietly assembled a solid roster from top to bottom.

     

    Remaining Needs

    They have a handful of options for the No. 5 starter spot, led by injury-returnee Cory Luebke, Tim Stauffer and Eric Stults, but signing another low-cost veteran to add to that mix could be an option. Should Stults earn that spot, the team's only left-handed reliever would be Rule 5 pick Patrick Schuster, so another southpaw reliever would be a need as well.

     

    Grade: B+

San Francisco Giants

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

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    SP Tim Hudson21 GS, 8-7, 3.97 ERA, 95 K, 131.1 IP Free Agent
    SP Tim Lincecum32 GS, 10-14, 4.37 ERA, 193 K, 197.2 IP Re-signed
    RP Javier Lopez69 G, 4-2, 1.83 ERA, 37 K, 39.1 IP Re-signed
    SP Ryan Vogelsong 19 GS, 4-6, 5.73 ERA, 67 K, 103.2 IP Re-signed
    LF Michael Morse.215/.270/.381, 13 HR, 27 RBI, 34 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    After a disappointing 2013 season saw the Giants follow up their second title in three years with a 76-86 record, the team had some obvious areas they needed to address this offseason. However, their main focus again was retaining their own free agents, as Hunter Pence was extended at the end of the regular season before the team re-upped with Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Ryan Vogelsong this winter.

    Finally out from under the Barry Zito contract, veteran Tim Hudson was signed to replace him in the starting rotation. Hudson had his 2013 season cut short by a broken ankle, but all signs point to him being ready for the start of 2014. The team also upgraded in left field by signing low-cost, high-reward slugger Michael Morse, who looks like a prime candidate to bounce back.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The starting rotation is set, but the team could use some additional pitching depth. Last season, Chad Gaudin made the team on a minor-league deal and wound up throwing 97 innings over 30 games (12 starts). Yusmeiro Petit gives them one option should injury strike, but behind him, there's not much to speak of.

     

    Grade: C+

Seattle Mariners

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

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    2B Robinson Cano.314/.383/.516, 27 HR, 107 RBI, 81 RFree Agent
    DH Corey Hart*.270/.334/.507, 30 HR, 83 RBI, 91 RFree Agent
    LF Logan Morrison.242/.333/.375, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 32 RTrade-MIA
    C John Buck.219/.285/.362, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 39 RFree Agent
    IF Willie Bloomquist .317/.360/.367, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 16 RFree Agent

    *2012 Stats

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Mariners pulled off the biggest signing of the offseason, adding superstar second baseman Robinson Cano on a massive 10-year, $240 million deal. He should help the team avoid finishing near the bottom of the AL in runs scored once again, as will additions Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.

    GM Jack Zduriencik made it clear that the risk and huge outlay of cash was worth it (h/t to Seattle PI):

    We have made a major commitment to a player who is one of the most dynamic in Major League Baseball, and Robinson has made a commitment to the Seattle Mariners organization and to the city of Seattle. We have stayed true to our plan of building our organization from the ground up through the amateur draft and player development, and now we have had the opportunity to add an All-Star player through free agency.

    Hart missed all of 2013 with a pair of knee surgeries, and Morrison has been injury prone since his rookie season, but both are potential impact bats if they can stay on the field. Adding veterans John Buck and Willie Bloomquist to the bench were nice moves as well.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Signing Cano is not enough to make the Mariners instant contenders, but they should be able to at least make a run at a winning record, and the deal shows the fan base that the team is serious about winning. They'll count on rookies Taijuan Walker and James Paxton in the rotation this year, so adding a veteran insurance policy there would be smart. The bullpen could also use another arm or two, as is the case with most teams.

     

    Grade: B

St. Louis Cardinals

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    SS Jhonny Peralta
    SS Jhonny PeraltaLeon Halip/Getty Images

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    SS Jhonny Peralta.303/.358/.457, 11 HR, 55 RBI, 50 RFree Agent
    CF Peter Bourjos .274/.333/.377, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 26 RTrade-LAA
    2B Mark Ellis.270/.323/.351, 6 HR, 48 RBI, 46 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Cardinals had one clear need this offseason, and that was to upgrade at shortstop, where a group led by Pete Kozma hit a combined .222/.280/.303 with a position-low four home runs. The team found their man in Jhonny Peralta, signing him to a four-year, $53 million deal early in the offseason.

    David Freese was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, allowing the team to move Matt Carpenter to third base and place prospect Kolten Wong into an everyday role at second base. The team then wisely signed veteran Mark Ellis as an insurance policy for Wong. Losing Carlos Beltran hurts, but the team will now slide Allen Craig to right field and move slugger Matt Adams into an everyday gig at first base.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Cardinals only need now is to sort out of their pitching staff, with Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez all in the running for rotation spots this spring. It's a terrific problem to have, as all of those guys are talented pitchers who would crack almost every other rotation in baseball.

     

    Grade: A

Tampa Bay Rays

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    RP Heath Bell
    RP Heath BellDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    1B James Loney .299/.348/.430, 13 HR, 75 RBI, 54 RRe-signed
    C Ryan Hanigan .198/.306/.261, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 17 RTrade-CIN
    C Jose Molina.233/.290/.304, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 26 RRe-signed
    RP Heath Bell69 G, 5-2, 15 SV, 4.11 ERA, 72 K, 65.2 IP Trade-ARI

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Rays continue to be as good as anyone at bargain shopping, and they rewarded last year's scrapheap find James Loney with a three-year, $21 million extension. That move left one more big question mark—who would replace Fernando Rodney in the closer's role?

    It appears Heath Bell will be the answer, as the former All-Star was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks. After three straight 40-plus save seasons in San Diego, he's gone just 34-for-49 on save chances with a 4.59 ERA the past two seasons. The Rays have a knack for piecing together a bullpen, though.

     

    Remaining Needs

    It's looking more and more likely that the Rays will hold onto David Price, as they look to contend for a playoff spot once again in 2014. That erases what would have been a major hole in the rotation, though Jake Odorizzi was a prime candidate to take over his rotation spot. As for remaining needs, the team could use another bench piece or two given how often they shuffle the lineup, but there is no glaring hole that needs to be addressed.

     

    Grade: B-

Texas Rangers

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    LF Shin-Soo Choo
    LF Shin-Soo ChooTim Sharp/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    1B Prince Fielder.279/.362/.457, 25 HR, 106 RBI, 82 RTrade-DET
    LF Shin-Soo Choo .285/.423/.462, 21 HR, 54 RBI, 107 RFree Agent
    C Geovany Soto.245/.328/.466, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 20 RRe-signed
    C J.P. Arencibia .194/.227/.365, 21 HR, 55 RBI, 45 RFree Agent
    OF Michael Choice*.302/.390/.445, 14 HR, 89 RBI, 90 RTrade-OAK

    *Triple-A stats 

     

    Offseason Overview

    After losing Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young last offseason, the Rangers have re-stocked their offensive attack this offseason and look to again have what could be the most feared lineup in the American League. 

    Prince Fielder joins Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios to form a dangerous trio in the middle of the order, while Shin-Soo Choo gives them one of the best on-base guys around atop the lineup. Trading Ian Kinsler opens up an everyday spot for Jurickson Profar at second base as well. Losing Joe Nathan at the back of the bullpen hurts, but Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria are both more than capable of being plus closers.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Rangers looked to be set to enter the 2014 season before Derek Holland went down with a freak knee injury that will sideline him until midseason. Colby Lewis will get a chance to win the vacated rotation spot, but he has not pitched since July of 2012 while dealing with injuries, so adding another starter seems like a must.

     

    Grade: A-

Toronto Blue Jays

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    C Dioner Navarro
    C Dioner NavarroMark J. Terrill/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    C Dioner Navarro.300/.365/.492, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 31 RFree Agent

     

    Offseason Overview

    It's been a significantly quieter offseason for the Blue Jays this year, after they pulled off a pair of blockbuster deals and seemingly added an entire new team last winter. Aside from Josh Johnson and J.P. Arencibia, they return essentially the same roster this year as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season.

    Arencibia was non-tendered after hitting just .194/.227/.365 last season, and Dioner Navarro was signed as a free agent to replace him. Navarro has not been an everyday catcher since 2009, but he had a terrific season at the plate with the Cubs last year in a backup role and is still just 29 years old.

     

    Remaining Needs

    The Blue Jays looked like a prime candidate to add a starter this offseason, and they could yet get in on some of the top arms still available. R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle return at the top, while Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek are currently projected to round out the staff.

     

    Grade: C

Washington Nationals

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    SP Doug Fister
    SP Doug FisterPaul Sancya/Associated Press

    Key Offseason Additions

    Player 2013 StatsHow Acquired
    SP Doug Fister 32 GS, 14-9, 3.67 ERA, 159 K, 208.2 IP Trade-DET
    OF Nate McLouth .258/.329/.399, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 76 RFree Agent
    RP Jerry Blevins67 G, 5-0, 3.15 ERA, 52 K, 60 IP Trade-OAK

     

    Offseason Overview

    The Nationals pulled off perhaps the biggest steal of the offseason when they acquired big right-hander Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers for Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi and Robbie Ray. He joins Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann to form perhaps the best rotation in baseball.

    The team also added Nate McLouth as a fourth outfielder, and he is capable of stepping into an everyday role should injury strike. Also, Jerry Blevins provides the team with a veteran left-handed reliever that they were lacking last year. Jamey Carroll was signed to a minor-league deal, and he could win the utility infield spot vacated by Lombardozzi.

     

    Remaining Needs

    Much like they did entering last season, the Nationals look as good as any team in baseball from top to bottom entering the year. Provided Carroll or someone else steps forward to claim the utility infield spot, there is no clear need on the roster. Their biggest decision will be deciding between Ross Detwiler, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan for the No. 5 starter spot.

     

    Grade: A+

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