Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 1 Week from Spring Training

Jacob Shafer@@jacobshaferFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2018

Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 1 Week from Spring Training

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    With pitchers and catchers due to report Feb. 13, a gaggle of MLB free agents remain unsigned, including most of the top targets.

    That means some projected starting lineups will have to be adjusted in the coming days and weeks.

    Still, based on current roster constructions, let's take a gander at all 30 teams and what their Opening Day lineups might look like.

    In many cases, it's simply a best guess that's sure to change based on new additions and spring performances. But this provides a sense of where clubs stand on the precipice of the 2018 season. 

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Lineup
    LF David Peralta
    CF A.J. Pollock
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    3B Jake Lamb
    LF Yasmany Tomas
    2B Brandon Drury
    SS Ketel Marte
    C Alex Avila
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The Arizona Diamondbacks will miss the thump of J.D. Martinez, assuming they don't re-sign the still-dangling free-agent left fielder.

    Martinez chipped in 29 home runs and a 1.107 OPS in 62 games with Arizona after coming over from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, but the D-backs won't be sunk without him.

    They've still got first baseman and MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt to anchor the middle of the order and can hope for a comeback from Yasmany Tomas, who missed most of 2017 to injury but clubbed 31 home runs in 2016.

    The Diamondbacks finished fourth in the NL in runs scored and OPS last season en route to a wild-card berth, and they have enough power and balance up and down the lineup to repeat the feat.

Atlanta Braves

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    Lineup
    CF Ender Inciarte
    2B Ozzie Albies
    1B Freddie Freeman
    C Tyler Flowers
    RF Nick Markakis
    LF Lane Adams
    3B Johan Camargo
    SS Dansby Swanson
    Pitcher

           

    Overview

    The Atlanta Braves have speed atop the lineup with Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies. They need first baseman Freddie Freeman to return strong from the fractured wrist that hampered his otherwise stellar 2017. 

    Perhaps even more essentially, they need shortstop and 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to improve upon last season's ho-hum .232/.312/.324 slash line.

    The Braves are flush with young talent on the big league roster and have more marinating in the minors despite the international signing scandal that cost them 13 prospects and got former general manager John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. That said, they're probably a year or two away from being a serious factor in the National League East. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    Lineup
    3B Tim Beckham
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    SS Manny Machado
    CF Adam Jones
    1B Chris Davis
    DH Mark Trumbo
    LF Trey Mancini
    C Caleb Joseph
    RF Joey Rickard

            

    Overview

    The Baltimore Orioles have pop—without question. They also have Manny Machado, who is moving from third base to shortstop in his final year before an almost-certain foray into free agency. 

    They'll need more from first baseman Chris Davis, who hit .215 with a .732 OPS and still has five years remaining on the seven-year, $161 million deal he signed in January 2016. The same goes for Mark Trumbo, who hit 47 homers in 2016 but slashed a meager .234/.289/.397 last season.

    The O's could get a boost from a couple of youngsters, with Chance Sisco and Austin Hays looking to take over at catcher and in right field, respectively. 

Boston Red Sox

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    Lineup
    RF Mookie Betts
    LF Andrew Benintendi
    SS Xander Bogaerts
    DH Hanley Ramirez
    3B Rafael Devers
    1B Mitch Moreland
    CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    C Christian Vazquez
    2B Marco Hernandez

            

    Overview

    The Boston Red Sox are surely going to add a big bat after finishing last in the American League in home runs a season ago.

    There have been persistent rumors around J.D. Martinez, who could supplant the fading Hanley Ramirez at designated hitter.

    Boston could be without the services of veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is recovering from hand surgery.

    The Sox boast a solid offensive core, however, centered on right fielder Mookie Betts, left fielder Andrew Benintendi and third baseman Rafael Devers. The addition of at least one top-tier power hitter could make this a dangerous offense. 

Chicago Cubs

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    Lineup
    2B Ben Zobrist
    3B Kris Bryant
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    C Willson Contreras
    LF Kyle Schwarber
    RF Jason Heyward
    SS Addison Russell
    CF Albert Almora Jr.
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon loves to mix and match, and he'll do exactly that in 2018 even if the Cubbies don't add another player.

    Javier Baez, obviously, will see extensive time in the infield, and Ian Happ will get regular reps in the outfield. What you see above is a rough guess of a possible Opening Day permutation, but look for Chicago's lineup card to change early and often. 

    Despite question marks in the starting rotation, Chicago remains a legitimate World Series contender because of its depth and versatility. Having Kris Bryant and Antony Rizzo in the middle of the order doesn't hurt, either.

Chicago White Sox

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    Lineup
    SS Tim Anderson
    2B Yoan Moncada
    1B Jose Abreu
    RF Avisail Garcia
    C Welington Castillo
    LF Nicky Delmonico
    3B Yolmer Sanchez
    DH Matt Davidson
    CF Adam Engel

            

    Overview

    The Chicago White Sox added a nice piece when they picked up catcher Welington Castillo on a two-year, $15 million pact, and they might not be done augmenting the big league roster.

    Mostly, however, Chicago will rely on the emergence of its pipeline of young players, including those ready for the big leagues and those waiting eagerly in the minors. In particular, the South Siders are hoping this is the year touted 22-year-old Yoan Moncada explodes. 

    Trade talk could again arise around Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia at the 2018 deadline, but for now they're foundational building blocks of an emerging White Sox offense.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Lineup
    CF Billy Hamilton
    3B Eugenio Suarez
    1B Joey Votto
    LF Adam Duvall
    RF Scott Schebler
    2B Scooter Gennett
    SS Jose Peraza
    C Tucker Barnhart
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The Cincinnati Reds lost shortstop Zack Cozart to free agency, but the rest of the lineup could look very similar in 2018.

    That's not great news, considering the Reds finished 68-94 and in last place of the NL Central. Cincinnati did boast some pop, however, and posted the sixth-highest OPS in the Senior Circuit.

    The rebuild continues in Cincinnati and the team won't compete for anything next season, but Reds fans can always hang their hats on franchise icon and 2017 NL MVP runner-up Joey Votto.

Cleveland Indians

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    Lineup
    SS Francisco Lindor
    2B Jason Kipnis
    3B Jose Ramirez
    DH Edwin Encarnacion
    LF Michael Brantley
    1B Yonder Alonso
    RF Lonnie Chisenhall
    CF Bradley Zimmer
    C Roberto Perez

            

    Overview

    The loss of first baseman Carlos Santana to free agency will ding the Cleveland Indians offense, though they nabbed a capable replacement in Yonder Alonso.

    The biggest question concerns the health of Michael Brantley, who underwent ankle surgery in October and has battled a raft of injuries in recent years.

    That said, the Tribe should have more than enough firepower to win the weak AL Central behind Francisco Lindor and company, though they might not match 2017's 102-win pace.

Colorado Rockies

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    Lineup
    CF Charlie Blackmon
    2B DJ LaMahieu
    LF Ian Desmond
    3B Nolan Arenado
    SS Trevor Story
    RF Gerardo Parra
    1B Ryan McMahon
    C Chris Iannetta
    Pitcher

           

    Overview

    The Colorado Rockies may target a free-agent first baseman with pop, including Logan Morrison or old friend Mark Reynolds. Otherwise, they'll roll with rookie Ryan McMahon.

    The Rocks are also hoping for a bounce-back from shortstop Trevor Story, who posted a .909 OPS in a breakout 2016 but saw that figure plummet to .765 last season and struck out an NL-leading 191 times. 

    Fortunately for Colorado, touted middle infield prospect Brendan Rodgers is waiting in the wings.

    Otherwise, it's a playoff-worthy lineup built around MVP-caliber third baseman Nolan Arenado that's ready to rake at Mile High altitude. 

Detroit Tigers

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    Lineup
    CF Leonys Martin
    LF Mikie Mahtook
    1B Miguel Cabrera
    DH Victor Martinez
    RF Nick Castellanos
    3B Jeimer Candelario
    C James McCann
    2B Dixon Machado
    SS Jose Iglesias

           

    Overview

    The Detroit Tigers are in the initial stages of a rebuild. The next few years will be painful.

    Detroit also employs veteran sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, and other than third baseman Jeimer Candelario, no up-and-coming youngsters appear ready to claim a regular role.

    That puts the Tigers in a strange position and could test the skill, creativity and fortitude of new manager Ron Gardenhire.

    Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride in the Motor City.

Houston Astros

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    Lineup
    CF George Springer
    3B Alex Bregman
    2B Jose Altuve
    SS Carlos Correa
    1B Yuli Gurriel
    DH Evan Gattis
    RF Josh Reddick
    LF Marwin Gonzalez
    C Brian McCann

            

    Overview

    The defending champion Houston Astros return with virtually the same deep, powerful lineup they used to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy in 2017.

    Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa are climbing toward their primes. George Springer is an underrated stud. Jose Altuve is the reigning AL MVP. Marwin Gonzalez, who led the team with 90 RBI and posted a .907 OPS, might hit eighth.

    The 'Stros are potent. They're dangerous. Repeating isn't easy, but they're locked, loaded and prepared to give it a whirl.

Kansas City Royals

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    Lineup
    2B Whit Merrifield
    CF Paulo Orlando
    C Salvador Perez
    RF Jorge Bonifacio
    LF Alex Gordon
    DH Jorge Soler
    SS Alcides Escobar
    3B Cheslor Cuthbert
    1B Hunter Dozier

            

    Overview

    Maybe the Kansas City Royals' decision to ship first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss and reliever Ryan Buchter to the Oakland Athletics was a cost-cutting measure aimed at making it possible for K.C. to re-sign first baseman Eric Hosmer.

    Or, as Pete Grathoff and Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star outlined, maybe it wasn't.

    For now, the Royals have a lineup minus center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, and free agents Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas. 

    That's a huge portion of the offense that made Kansas City the AL champs in 2014 and world champs in 2015. A rebuild isn't inevitable, but it's probably necessary. 

Los Angeles Angels

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    Lineup
    2B Ian Kinsler
    CF Mike Trout
    LF Justin Upton
    1B Albert Pujols
    RF Kole Calhoun
    3B Zack Cozart
    SS Andrelton Simmons
    DH Shohei Ohtani
    C Martin Maldonado

            

    Overview

    The Los Angeles Angels will be a fascinating team to watch. They have the best baseball player in the planet in Mike Trout, and they signed the most intriguing player on the planet in two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.

    When Ohtani isn't pitching, he should get reps at designated hitter to see if he can translate his prodigious power stateside.

    That will mean moving veteran slugger Albert Pujols to first base and C.J. Cron to the bench, or benching the aging Pujols.

    Either way, it'll be a must-see balancing act for manager Mike Scioscia. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Lineup
    CF Chris Taylor
    SS Corey Seager
    3B Justin Turner
    1B Cody Bellinger
    RF Yasiel Puig
    2B Logan Forsythe
    LF Joc Pederson
    C Austin Barnes
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't made any splashy offensive additions after getting within a victory of their first title since 1988.

    Instead, they're banking on a repeat performance from one of the deepest and most complete lineups in the game.

    Assuming slugging first baseman Cody Bellinger avoids a sophomore slump, Corey Seager continues his ascent toward the MLB firmament and the crowded outfield sorts itself out, the Dodgers should be just fine.

Miami Marlins

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    Lineup
    RF Braxton Lee
    LF Lewis Brinson
    2B Starlin Castro
    1B Justin Bour
    3B Martin Prado
    C J.T. Realmuto
    SS JT Riddle
    CF Magneuris Sierra
    Pitcher

           

    Overview

    If you notice a few names missing from the Miami Marlins lineup, that's because the Fish have jettisoned their entire starting outfield and their leadoff hitter. They dealt Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers and Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners.

    Miami got some pieces back but will roll with a roster largely composed of untested names in 2018. And they might not be done dealing; catcher J.T. Realmuto and second baseman Starlin Castro may well be on the block.

    Add it up, and you've got the makings of a 100-loss campaign in South Beach.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Lineup
    2B Jonathan Villar
    CF Lorenzo Cain
    RF Christian Yelich
    LF Ryan Braun
    3B Travis Shaw
    1B Eric Thames
    C Manny Pina
    SS Orlando Arcia
    Pitcher

           

    Overview

    The additions of Christian Yelich from the Marlins and Lorenzo Cain via free agency gave the Brewers a pair of superlative, well-rounded outfielders to slot next to veteran Ryan Braun.

    Elsewhere, the Brew Crew will mix and match, utilizing Eric Sogard at second base and Stephen Vogt at catcher against righties. 

    No matter what, the Brewers' offseason additions have boosted their offense along with their chances of challenging the Cubs in the NL Central.

Minnesota Twins

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    Lineup
    2B Brian Dozier
    1B Joe Mauer
    3B Miguel Sano
    LF Eddie Rosario
    CF Byron Buxton
    SS Jorge Polanco
    RF Max Kepler
    DH Eduardo Escobar
    C Jason Castro

            

    Overview

    The Minnesota Twins bounced back from a 103-loss season in 2016 to claim the AL's second wild-card spot in 2017.

    Minnesota finished seventh in baseball in runs scored and needs continued development from their young core of Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario. They will be augmented by veterans such as Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. 

    Pitching remains a need for the Twinkies, but barring a collective backslide, their offense should once again put them in the October mix. 

New York Mets

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    Lineup
    SS Amed Rosario
    3B Asdrubal Cabrera
    LF Yoenis Cespedes
    RF Jay Bruce
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    2B Jose Reyes
    CF Juan Lagares
    C Travis d'Arnaud
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The New York Mets' 2018 season rests on the health of their starting pitching. That said, they'll have to score runs, too.

    The return of slugging right fielder Jay Bruce ought to help, assuming he and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes can stay off the disabled list and remain productive.

    The Mets also need hyped young shortstop Amed Rosario to take a leap and are hoping to get something out of fading five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez, acquired in a salary dump from the Dodgers.

New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    LF Brett Gardner
    RF Aaron Judge
    DH Giancarlo Stanton
    C Gary Sanchez
    1B Greg Bird
    CF Aaron Hicks 
    SS Didi Gregorius
    3B Miguel Andujar 
    2B Gleyber Torres

           

    Overview

    The New York Yankees have already acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. They'll pair the ex-Marlins masher with AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez to form a troika that could plausibly hit 150 home runs.

    The Yanks might make another move in the infield, where top prospect Gleyber Torres is ready to don the pinstripes. A proven commodity like third baseman New Jersey native Todd Frazier would strengthen the depth chart.

    As constructed, New York is a burgeoning, dangerous force in the AL East.

Oakland Athletics

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    Lineup
    SS Marcus Semien
    LF Matt Joyce
    2B Jed Lowrie
    DH Khris Davis
    1B Matt Olson
    RF Stephen Piscotty
    3B Matt Chapman
    CF Dustin Fowler
    C Bruce Maxwell

            

    Overview

    The perennially retooling Oakland Athletics have made some interesting additions this winter, including right fielder Stephen Piscotty in a deal with the Cardinals. 

    They also shipped out power-hitting first baseman Ryon Healy and have a significant question mark at catcher. The A's remain small-market underdogs and will be hard-pressed to keep pace with the Astros in the AL West.

    At the same time, there's enough talent here for Oakland to hang around the fringes of the wild-card picture if enough things break right.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Lineup
    2B Cesar Hernandez
    CF Odubel Herrera
    1B Carlos Santana
    LF Rhys Hoskins
    3B Maikel Franco
    RF Nick Williams
    SS J.P. Crawford
    C Jorge Alfaro
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The addition of first baseman Carlos Santana, a playoff-tested bopper with proven on-base abilities, solidifies a young Phillies lineup.

    In addition, the Phils are hoping for a comeback from Maikel Franco, a breakout from J.P. Crawford and a continuation of good things from Rhys Hoskins, who smacked 18 home runs in only 50 games last season.

    If all that happens, Philadelphia could accelerate its rebuild and put forward a tough lineup from top to bottom.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Lineup
    2B Josh Harrison
    LF Adam Frazier
    CF Starling Marte 
    1B Josh Bell
    3B David Freese
    RF Gregory Polanco
    SS Jordy Mercer
    C Francisco Cervelli
    Pitcher

             

    Overview

    The Pittsburgh Pirates replaced their black skull-and-crossbones banner with a white flag when they traded ace Gerrit Cole to the Astros and outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

    It remains to be seen if the Bucs will offload other assets this winter, including super-utility man Josh Harrison, who said that "perhaps it would be better for all involved" if he were dealt, per Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    No matter what, the Pirates seem destined for a losing season and to keep shedding pieces from a rapidly sinking ship.

San Diego Padres

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    Lineup
    CF Manuel Margot
    SS Freddy Galvis
    1B Wil Myers
    RF Hunter Renfroe
    3B Chase Headley
    2B Carlos Asuaje
    LF Jose Pirela
    C Austin Hedges
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    The San Diego Padres have some exciting young assets. Center fielder Manuel Margot, in particular, is ready to make the jump to stardom after hitting 13 home runs with 17 stolen bases and playing superlative defense last season.

    The Friars are also at least a couple of years away from contention and sure to be buried in the NL West, which could feature four legitimate playoff hopefuls.

    Bide your time, San Diego fans, and enjoy the emerging players and lovely weather. 

San Francisco Giants

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    Lineup
    CF Austin Jackson
    2B Joe Panik
    C Buster Posey
    RF Andrew McCutchen
    3B Evan Longoria
    1B Brandon Belt
    LF Hunter Pence
    SS Brandon Crawford
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    After an embarrassing 98-loss campaign in 2017, the Giants have added McCutchen from Pittsburgh and third baseman Evan Longoria in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. They also signed Austin Jackson to take over in center field from Denard Span, who was sent to Tampa Bay in the Longoria deal.

    Mix in the homegrown core of Buster Posey, Joe Panik and Brandon Belt, and you have the makings of a decent lineup.

    The Giants are an aging club with a fallow farm system staring down the barrel of arduous future payroll obligations. But there's a decent chance San Francisco will be much better in 2018 (even-year alert!) than they were last season.

Seattle Mariners

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    Lineup
    CF Dee Gordon
    SS Jean Segura
    2B Robinson Cano
    DH Nelson Cruz
    3B Kyle Seager
    1B Ryon Healy
    RF Mitch Haniger
    LF Ben Gamel
    C Mike Zunino

            

    Overview

    The Seattle Mariners are taking a significant risk by putting trade acquisition Dee Gordon in center field, a position he's never played in the majors.

    Still, Gordon will join Jean Segura to form a speedy top of the lineup, followed by a succession of thumpers in Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.

    The M's should be able to score. If they can add some pitching and get better health and results from their arms—they sent 17 starters to the hill last season—they could compete for a postseason spot.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Lineup
    1B Matt Carpenter
    RF Dexter Fowler
    CF Tommy Pham
    LF Marcell Ozuna
    C Yadier Molina
    SS Paul DeJong
    3B Jedd Gyorko
    2B Kolten Wong
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    After swinging and missing in an attempt to acquire Stanton from Miami, the Cardinals landed an excellent consolation prize in the form of Marcell Ozuna.

    Ozuna posted a .924 OPS with 37 home runs and 124 RBI last season for the Marlins and gives St. Louis the legitimate, middle-of-the-order bat it was lacking.

    The Cards have a couple of steady, high-OBP hitters atop their order in Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler and another stud with pop in center fielder Tommy Pham.

    The Cubs and Brewers will be tough opponents, but St. Louis will be a player in the NL Central.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Lineup
    CF Kevin Kiermaier
    LF Denard Span
    3B Matt Duffy
    DH Corey Dickerson
    1B Brad Miller
    RF Steven Souza Jr.
    2B Daniel Robertson
    C Wilson Ramos
    SS Adeiny Hechavarria

            

    Overview

    Tampa Bay traded away Longoria to San Francisco. It was a prudent cost-cutting move for the small-market Rays, but it signaled their intent to be sellers.

    More trades could come this winter or at the July non-waiver deadline. For the moment, the Rays have enough weapons on offense to keep their heads above water but not nearly enough to keep pace with the Red Sox and Yankees in the top-heavy AL East.

    If and when the likes of ace Chris Archer are dealt away, that will become even more true.

Texas Rangers

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    Lineup
    CF Delino DeShields
    SS Elvis Andrus
    DH Shin-Soo Choo
    3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Nomar Mazara
    1B Joey Gallo
    C Robinson Chirinos
    2B Rougned Odor
    LF Willie Calhoun

            

    Overview

    The Texas Rangers need another top-shelf starter to pair with left-hander Cole Hamels if they want to maintain contact with the Astros out West.

    On offense, the Rangers appear ready to roll with basically the same outfit from last season. That's not a terrible plan.

    Texas ranked fifth in the AL in runs and can hope for big things from power-hitting rookie Willie Calhoun, who was acquired in July from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade. 

    Veterans Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre will need to do their part, and it's time for Joey Gallo to deliver on his big-swinging promise. Overall, though, this is a collective that can clear fences and light up the scoreboard. 

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Lineup
    2B Devon Travis
    3B Josh Donaldson
    1B Justin Smoak
    DH Kendrys Morales
    C Russell Martin
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    RF Randal Grichuk
    LF Curtis Granderson
    CF Kevin Pillar

            

    Overview

    Like the Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado, the Toronto Blue Jays have opted to make one more run with their franchise infielder before he hits free agency.

    Josh Donaldson will likely bolt for a massive payday south of the border next year. For now, the Jays have added ancillary pieces such as outfielders Curtis Granderson and Randal Grichuk in the hopes they can sneak back to the postseason. 

    With a balanced starting rotation and enough offense, it could work. Or Toronto could wind up kicking itself for not cashing Donaldson in for prospects when it had the chance. 

Washington Nationals

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    Lineup
    LF Adam Eaton
    SS Trea Turner
    RF Bryce Harper
    3B Anthony Rendon
    2B Daniel Murphy
    1B Ryan Zimmerman
    C Matt Wieters
    CF Michael Taylor
    Pitcher

            

    Overview

    It's an all-in season for the Washington Nationals. Bryce Harper, the brash beating heart of the franchise, is in his final season before free agency.

    Washington has won four of the last six NL East crowns but never advanced past the division series. They've made no major offseason additions, but their lineup is balanced and lethal and should benefit from a healthy Adam Eaton.

    There are no guarantees, obviously, but this group could carry Harper deep into October in his D.C. swan song.

         

    All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.