Predicting Every MLB Team's 2023 Opening Day Lineup, Version 2.0

Joel ReuterJanuary 5, 2023

Predicting Every MLB Team's 2023 Opening Day Lineup, Version 2.0

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    Xander Bogaerts
    Xander BogaertsAP Foto/Denis Poroy

    The 2022-23 MLB offseason is quickly winding to a close, and the free-agent market has been picked clean of impact talent with the exception of Carlos Correa, who is still sorting out his contract with the New York Mets.

    There is still a lot to be decided before the first game of the season, but rosters are taking shape for the upcoming campaign, and predicting what each team's lineup might look like on Opening Day is no longer as abstract as it was months ago.

    Our first Opening Day lineup projections were posted Dec. 9, and it's time for version 2.0.

    Ahead we've provided our best guess at who will take the field for each team when the 2023 season kicks off.

    Last season's lineup data from Baseball Reference, the projected rosters from FanGraphs and a healthy amount of speculation on where remaining free agents will sign went into compiling each team's projection.

    Let the debate begin.

    Note: Names in bold indicate a projected acquisition.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Jake McCarthy
    Jake McCarthyNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    CF Corbin Carroll
    2B Ketel Marte
    RF Jake McCarthy
    1B Christian Walker
    DH Evan Longoria
    3B Josh Rojas
    LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
    C Carson Kelly
    SS Nick Ahmed
    SP Zac Gallen


    • The D-backs still have an outfield logjam to navigate even after trading Daulton Varsho to Toronto. Former top prospect Alek Thomas is slated to start the season in the minors where he can see everyday at-bats.
    • Offseason pickups Gabriel Moreno and Kyle Lewis are not penciled into the Opening Day lineup, but both players figure to see regular playing time. Lewis, 27, has to find a way to stay healthy after playing in just 54 games the past two seasons.

Atlanta Braves

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    Michael Harris II
    Michael Harris IIRob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
    2B Ozzie Albies
    CF Michael Harris II
    3B Austin Riley
    1B Matt Olson
    C Sean Murphy
    DH Marcell Ozuna
    SS Vaughn Grissom
    LF Eddie Rosario
    SP Max Fried


    • The Braves could still make a late move to add either Elvis Andrus or José Iglesias as insurance at shortstop while Vaughn Grissom continues to develop defensively, but Orlando Arcia is already on the roster to serve in a similar role.
    • Veteran Jordan Luplow signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal last month, and he will likely see time in left field against left-handed pitching. The 29-year-old has an .841 OPS in 505 career plate appearances against southpaws.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Gunnar Henderson
    Gunnar HendersonMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    CF Cedric Mullins
    C Adley Rutschman
    RF Anthony Santander
    DH Ryan Mountcastle
    3B Gunnar Henderson
    1B Brandon Belt
    2B Ramón Urías
    LF Austin Hays
    SS Jorge Mateo
    SP Kyle Gibson


    • The O's look like a logical landing spot for one of the remaining free-agent first basemen, a list that includes Eric Hosmer, Brandon Belt, Jesús Aguilar, Luke Voit, Yuli Gurriel and old friend Trey Mancini.
    • Expect free-agent signing Adam Frazier to fill a super-utility role, seeing time at second base, shortstop, third base and at the corner outfield spots. Ramón Urias, Jorge Mateo and Gunnar Henderson are all better everyday options across the infield.

Boston Red Sox

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    Trevor Story
    Trevor StoryG Fiume/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Masataka Yoshida
    SS Trevor Story
    3B Rafael Devers
    DH Justin Turner
    RF Alex Verdugo
    1B Triston Casas
    CF Enrique Hernández
    C Jorge Alfaro
    2B Christian Arroyo
    SP Chris Sale


    • That the team cut ties with Eric Hosmer gives top prospect Triston Casas a clear path to the starting first base job, provided he can outplay Bobby Dalbec this spring. The 6'4", 252-pound slugger starred for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, and he has little left to prove in the minors after hitting .281/.389/.500 with 36 extra-base hits in 76 games last year.
    • It's still hard to envision the Red Sox starting the season with Reese McGuire and Connor Wong as the only catchers on the 40-man roster. Jorge Alfaro has some defensive shortcomings, but he would be a solid offensive-minded platoon partner for McGuire and should come fairly cheap.

Chicago Cubs

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    Dansby Swanson
    Dansby SwansonMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Nico Hoerner
    SS Dansby Swanson
    LF Ian Happ
    1B Eric Hosmer
    RF Seiya Suzuki
    3B Christopher Morel
    CF Cody Bellinger
    DH Matt Mervis
    C Yan Gomes
    SP Marcus Stroman


    • Matt Mervis hit .309/.379/.606 with 40 doubles, 36 home runs and 119 RBI in 137 games in the minors last season, and he continues to impress in the Arizona Fall League with a .914 OPS and six home runs in 17 games. He will be given every opportunity to win a starting job this spring.
    • Veterans Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart will likely have an evenly balanced platoon at catcher in an effort to keep both guys fresh for the entire season. Slugger Patrick Wisdom will also see regular playing time spread between first base, third base and designated hitter.

Chicago White Sox

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    Luis Robert
    Luis RobertTim Heitman/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    SS Tim Anderson
    LF Andrew Benintendi
    CF Luis Robert
    DH Eloy Jiménez
    1B Andrew Vaughn
    RF Gavin Sheets
    3B Yoán Moncada
    C Yasmani Grandal
    2B Josh Harrison
    SP Dylan Cease


    • Jean Segura (2/$17M with MIA) and Adam Frazier (1/$8M with BAL) both signed reasonably priced deals elsewhere after looking like obvious potential targets for the White Sox to fill the second base void. Now a reunion with either Josh Harrison or César Hernández looks like the team's best option.
    • If no addition is made at second base, Leury Garcia would be the front-runner for the job. That said, keep an eye on 2017 first-round pick Jake Burger. The 26-year-old has played mostly third base as a pro, but the White Sox have shown a willingness to play guys away from their natural position in recent years.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Tyler Stephenson
    Tyler StephensonJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF TJ Friedl
    2B Jonathan India
    1B Joey Votto
    C Tyler Stephenson
    RF Wil Myers
    DH Jake Fraley
    3B Spencer Steer
    SS Kevin Newman
    CF Nick Senzel
    SP Nick Lodolo


    • Deadline pickup Spencer Steer is the favorite to start at third base after Mike Moustakas was released. The 25-year-old hit .274/.364/.515 with 30 doubles, 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 106 games in the upper levels of the minors last year.
    • The Reds did a lot of their bargain shopping late in the offseason last season, and they could still look to add a veteran bat to serve as the primary designated hitter, which would allow Jake Fraley to rotate around all three outfield spots.

Cleveland Guardians

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    Steven Kwan
    Steven KwanElsa/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Steven Kwan
    SS Amed Rosario
    3B José Ramírez
    DH Josh Bell
    2B Andrés Giménez
    1B Josh Naylor
    RF Oscar Gonzalez
    C Mike Zunino
    CF Myles Straw
    SP Shane Bieber


    • It will be interesting to see if top prospect Bo Naylor starts the season on the MLB roster or if he'll be sent to Triple-A to work on his defense to open the year. Mike Zunino was signed to a one-year, $6 million deal to serve as a stopgap, but Naylor remains the catcher of the future.
    • Will Brennan, Will Benson and rising top prospect George Valera are all in the mix for playing time in the outfield, though it will likely take an injury to open a regular role following breakout seasons from Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez.

Colorado Rockies

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    C.J. Cron
    C.J. CronJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    DH Charlie Blackmon
    LF Kris Bryant
    3B Ryan McMahon
    1B C.J. Cron
    2B Brendan Rodgers
    RF Randal Grichuk
    SS Ezequiel Tovar
    C Elias Díaz
    CF Yonathan Daza
    SP Kyle Freeland


    • The Rockies were linked to Brandon Nimmo early in the offseason, but they don't appear to have a Plan B for upgrading the lineup now that he has re-signed with the New York Mets.
    • Top prospect Ezequiel Tovar hit .319/.387/.540 with 32 extra-base hits in 71 games in the upper levels of the minors last season, and he will be given every chance to win the starting shortstop job in spring training. A reunion with José Iglesias could make sense as an insurance policy.

Detroit Tigers

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    Austin Meadows
    Austin MeadowsMark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Akil Baddoo
    CF Riley Greene
    RF Austin Meadows
    SS Javier Báez
    C Eric Haase
    1B Spencer Torkelson
    DH Miguel Cabrera
    3B Brian Anderson
    2B Jonathan Schoop
    SP Eduardo Rodriguez


    • The third base market has dried up, leaving Brian Anderson as the only logical target for the Tigers, unless they decide to hand things over to Ryan Kreidler or take a page out of the Miami Marlins' book and sign a middle infielder to shift to the hot corner.
    • Expect Miguel Cabrera to be part of the Opening Day lineup, but the bulk of the designated hitter at-bats could go to Kerry Carpenter. The 25-year-old logged a 1.025 OPS with 30 home runs in 98 games in the upper levels of the minors last year before making his MLB debut in August.

Houston Astros

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    Jeremy Peña
    Jeremy PeñaCarmen Mandato/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Jose Altuve
    SS Jeremy Peña
    LF Yordan Alvarez
    1B José Abreu
    3B Alex Bregman
    RF Kyle Tucker
    DH Michael Brantley
    CF Chas McCormick
    C Martín Maldonado
    SP Framber Valdez


    • The Astros re-signed Michael Brantley to a one-year, $12 million deal in late December, but his status for Opening Day remains up in the air. The 35-year-old underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in August.
    • Will the Astros continue to hit Jeremy Peña in the No. 2 spot in the lineup? The 25-year-old only batted second in 49 games during the regular season, but he was slotted there throughout the team's postseason run.

Kansas City Royals

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    Salvador Perez
    Salvador PerezDuane Burleson/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    DH MJ Melendez
    3B Bobby Witt Jr.
    C Salvador Perez
    1B Vinnie Pasquantino
    RF Edward Olivares
    LF Drew Waters
    CF Michael A. Taylor
    2B Nicky Lopez
    SS Adalberto Mondesi
    SP Brady Singer


    • The expectation is that Nicky Lopez, Adalberto Mondesi and Bobby Witt Jr. will all be part of the starting lineup, but it remains to be seen where they will each play defensively across the infield. Michael Massey will also be in the mix after a solid debut in 2022.
    • Edward Olivares (174 PA, 110 OPS+, 12 XBH) and Drew Waters (109 PA, 124 OPS+, 12 XBH) played well enough in limited action last year to be the front-runners for the corner outfield spots, but Kyle Isbel, Hunter Dozier and Nate Eaton are also in the mix.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Mike Trout
    Mike TroutThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Taylor Ward
    CF Mike Trout
    SP Shohei Ohtani
    3B Anthony Rendon
    2B Brandon Drury
    1B Jared Walsh
    RF Hunter Renfroe
    SS Gio Urshela
    C Logan O'Hoppe


    • It's going to be interesting to see how the Angels split playing time between newcomers Brandon Drury and Gio Urshela and incumbents David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo at the middle infield spots. That group will also provide welcome depth behind the oft-injured Anthony Rendon at third base.
    • Taylor Ward (50), Shohei Ohtani (32), David Fletcher (30) and Luis Rengifo (23) all saw action in the leadoff spot in 2022, and that role in the batting order will likely be decided during spring training.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Mookie Betts
    Mookie BettsRob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    RF Mookie Betts
    DH J.D. Martinez
    1B Freddie Freeman
    C Will Smith
    3B Max Muncy
    CF Trayce Thompson
    SS Gavin Lux
    2B Chris Taylor
    LF David Peralta
    SP Julio Urías


    • Left field is the big hole that still needs to be filled. Even if prospect James Outman wins the job, it makes sense to have depth. Veteran David Peralta would be a solid low-cost addition to join Jason Heyward, Bradley Zimmer and Steven Duggar, who were all signed to minor league deals this offseason.
    • Prospects Michael Busch (142 G, .881 OPS, 70 XBH, 32 HR) and Miguel Vargas (113 G, .915 OPS, 53 XBH, 17 HR) both put up big numbers in the minors last season, and they could be options at second base if the team prefers to leave Chris Taylor in a utility role.

Miami Marlins

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    Garrett Cooper
    Garrett CooperMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Jazz Chisholm Jr.
    3B Jean Segura
    1B Garrett Cooper
    DH Jorge Soler
    RF Avisaíl García
    LF Tommy Pham
    CF Bryan De La Cruz
    SS Miguel Rojas
    C Jacob Stallings
    SP Sandy Alcántara


    • The Marlins signed Jean Segura to a two-year, $17 million deal and plan to play him at third base, which likely means Joey Wendle will fill a super-utility role, despite the fact that he tied for fifth on the team with 2.4 WAR in 2022.
    • A handful of low-cost veteran outfielders are still available in free agency who could provide a boost to the offensively challenged Marlins. A one-year deal with Tommy Pham would give them a proven power/speed threat to compete for the starting left field job.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Rowdy Tellez
    Rowdy TellezPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Christian Yelich
    SS Willy Adames
    1B Rowdy Tellez
    C William Contreras
    DH Jesse Winker
    3B Luis Urías
    CF Garrett Mitchell
    RF Tyrone Taylor
    2B Elvis Andrus
    SP Corbin Burnes


    • The Brewers still have a hole to fill in the infield, but it could be second base or third base since Luis Urías is capable of handling either spot. The third base market is tapped dry, but they could target veteran shortstops Elvis Andrus or José Iglesias to shift to the other side of second base.
    • Mike Brosseau will continue to be a platoon option against left-handed pitching, while former top prospect Keston Hiura is the X-factor after he showed flashes of returning to form with a .956 OPS and six home runs in August.

Minnesota Twins

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    Luis Arraez
    Luis ArraezMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    1B Luis Arraez
    2B Jorge Polanco
    CF Byron Buxton
    3B Jose Miranda
    RF Max Kepler
    DH Nick Gordon
    LF Joey Gallo
    C Christian Vázquez
    SS Kyle Farmer
    SP Sonny Gray


    • Max Kepler has been a popular name on the trade market this offseason, but there has not been any clear movement toward a deal. Moving him would make sense with Trevor Larnach and Alex Kirilloff healthy and vying for playing time in an outfield that got even more crowded with the addition of Joey Gallo.
    • Prospect Royce Lewis underwent knee surgery in June after he tore his right ACL for the second time, but he could push for the starting shortstop job once he returns. Offseason pickup Kyle Farmer is controllable through the 2024 season.

New York Mets

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    Justin Verlander
    Justin VerlanderAP Photo/Seth Wenig

    Projected Starting Lineup

    CF Brandon Nimmo
    3B Carlos Correa
    SS Francisco Lindor
    1B Pete Alonso
    2B Jeff McNeil
    RF Starling Marte
    DH Daniel Vogelbach
    LF Mark Canha
    C Omar Narváez
    SP Justin Verlander


    • The Carlos Correa saga has still not met its conclusion, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the contract will look "dramatically different" than the 12-year, $315 million deal Correa agreed to in December. The door is open for another team to swoop in, but the Mets still look like the landing spot.
    • Will Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer get the ball on Opening Day? Scherzer is a holdover and coming off a terrific season, but Verlander was even better in 2022, winning his third American League Cy Young Award.

New York Yankees

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    Aaron Judge
    Aaron JudgeJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    3B DJ LeMahieu
    RF Aaron Judge
    1B Anthony Rizzo
    DH Giancarlo Stanton
    2B Gleyber Torres
    LF Oswaldo Cabrera
    CF Harrison Bader
    SS Oswald Peraza
    C Jose Trevino
    SP Gerrit Cole


    • The Yankees have a wealth of infield talent with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson on the bench in this projected lineup, but expect Oswald Peraza to be given every opportunity to win the starting shortstop job. The 22-year-old hit .306/.404/.429 for a 139 OPS+ in 57 plate appearances over the last month of the 2022 season.
    • Unless an outside addition is made in the coming weeks, veteran Aaron Hicks or versatile up-and-comer Oswaldo Cabrera will start in left field to begin the year. Ideally, Cabrera would be used in a utility role.

Oakland Athletics

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    Shea Langeliers
    Shea LangeliersLachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    CF Esteury Ruiz
    DH Tony Kemp
    LF Ramón Laureano
    1B Seth Brown
    3B Jace Peterson
    2B Aledmys Díaz
    C Shea Langeliers
    RF Conner Capel
    SS Nick Allen
    SP Paul Blackburn


    • The Athletics acquired the speedy Esteury Ruiz in the three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta. The 23-year-old hit .332/.447/.526 with 51 extra-base hits and 85 steals in 114 games in the upper levels of the minors last year, and he could be an impact table-setter.
    • Aledmys Díaz (2/$14.5M) and Jace Peterson (2/$9.5M) signed multiyear deals in free agency, and both are capable of playing all over the field. That will give manager Mark Kotsay flexibility when it comes to filling out the lineup every day.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Trea Turner
    Trea TurnerAP Photo/Matt Slocum

    Projected Starting Lineup

    LF Kyle Schwarber
    1B Rhys Hoskins
    SS Trea Turner
    C J.T. Realmuto
    3B Alec Bohm
    RF Nick Castellanos
    DH Darick Hall
    CF Brandon Marsh
    2B Bryson Stott
    SP Aaron Nola


    • The only real decision to be made in the Phillies lineup is who will serve as the designated hitter while Bryce Harper recovers from Tommy John surgery. Darick Hall posted a 121 OPS+ with 18 extra-base hits in 142 plate appearances as a rookie last season and looks like the front-runner for the job.
    • Bryson Stott will get the first crack at the second base job after a strong finish to his rookie season. Deadline pickup Edmundo Sosa is also an option there if Stott gets off to a slow start offensively.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Oneil Cruz
    Oneil CruzDaniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    DH Carlos Santana
    CF Bryan Reynolds
    SS Oneil Cruz
    1B Ji-Man Choi
    3B Ke'Bryan Hayes
    LF Connor Joe
    RF Jack Suwinski
    2B Rodolfo Castro
    C Austin Hedges
    SP Rich Hill


    • There will be a wide-open battle for the Pirates' corner outfield spots in spring training. The 40-man roster is littered with candidates, and Jack Suwinski, Connor Joe, Miguel Andújar, Cal Mitchell, Tucupita Marcano, Travis Swaggerty, Canaan Smith-Njigba and Ryan Vilade will all get long looks.
    • Will the club go with veteran Rich Hill on Opening Day after he signed a one-year, $8 million deal? Otherwise, Mitch Keller and Roansy Contreras appear to be the leading options.

San Diego Padres

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    Juan Soto
    Juan SotoMike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Ha-Seong Kim
    RF Juan Soto
    3B Manny Machado
    SS Xander Bogaerts
    1B Jake Cronenworth
    DH Matt Carpenter
    C Austin Nola
    CF Trent Grisham
    LF José Azocar
    SP Yu Darvish


    • The Padres are willing to listen to offers for Trent Grisham and Ha-Seong Kim, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, so their Opening Day lineup is by no means set.
    • The addition of Xander Bogaerts likely means Fernando Tatis Jr. is ticketed for the outfield once he returns from his PED suspension. With that in mind, José Azocar can be viewed as more of a placeholder than an everyday option, and 2022 minor league standout Brandon Dixon could also get early action in left field.

San Francisco Giants

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    Mike Yastrzemski
    Mike YastrzemskiBrace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Thairo Estrada
    CF Mike Yastrzemski
    RF Mitch Haniger
    1B Luke Voit
    DH Joc Pederson
    3B J.D. Davis
    LF Michael Conforto
    SS Brandon Crawford
    C Joey Bart
    SP Logan Webb


    • The Giants still need more thump offensively after whiffing on Aaron Judge in free agency, and buying low on Luke Voit could be the answer. The 31-year-old had a 106 OPS+ with 22 doubles, 22 home runs and 69 RBI last season, and he's not far removed from leading the majors in home runs during the coronavirus pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.
    • Wilmer Flores will once again play regularly by shifting among first base, second base and third base, while LaMonte Wade Jr. and Austin Slater are also more than bench players.

Seattle Mariners

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    Ty France
    Ty FranceSteph Chambers/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    CF Julio Rodríguez
    2B Kolten Wong
    1B Ty France
    RF Teoscar Hernández
    3B Eugenio Suárez
    C Cal Raleigh
    DH Trey Mancini
    LF Jarred Kelenic
    SS J.P. Crawford
    SP Luis Castillo


    • The Mariners may want to add another power bat to serve as the designated hitter. Tom Murphy, Dylan Moore, Taylor Trammell and Sam Haggerty are the leading in-house candidates for an expanded role if no other moves are made.
    • First baseman Evan White still has three years and $20 million remaining on his contract. After missing the bulk of the last two seasons because of a strained hip flexor and sports hernia surgery, he will be one to watch in spring training.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Nolan Arenado
    Nolan ArenadoStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    RF Lars Nootbaar
    2B Brendan Donovan
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    3B Nolan Arenado
    C Willson Contreras
    LF Tyler O'Neill
    CF Dylan Carlson
    DH Nolan Gorman
    SS Tommy Edman
    SP Adam Wainwright


    • The Cardinals addressed their biggest roster need by signing catcher Willson Contreras to a five-year, $87.5 million deal in December, but that's the only significant move they've made.
    • The club has flexibility at second base and shortstop with Tommy Edman, Brendan Donovan, Nolan Gorman and Paul DeJong expected to feature there, while Juan Yepez and Alec Burleson are in the mix for playing time at designated hitter. This roster is built to play the hot hand in those spots.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Brandon Lowe
    Brandon LoweLachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    3B Yandy Díaz
    SS Wander Franco
    LF Randy Arozarena
    2B Brandon Lowe
    RF Manuel Margot
    DH Harold Ramirez
    1B Isaac Paredes
    C Christian Bethancourt
    CF Jose Siri
    SP Shane McClanahan


    • The Rays have solid depth beyond their projected starting lineup, with catcher Francisco Mejía, infielders Taylor Walls and Jonathan Aranda, outfielder Josh Lowe and utility man Vidal Bruján vying for playing time.
    • The X-factor is top prospect Curtis Mead, who hit .298/.390/.532 with 27 doubles, 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 76 games in the upper levels of the minors last year. The 22-year-old has primarily played third base, and he could push his way into the MLB picture early in the season.

Texas Rangers

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    Marcus Semien
    Marcus SemienCarmen Mandato/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    2B Marcus Semien
    SS Corey Seager
    1B Nathaniel Lowe
    RF Adolis García
    DH Mitch Garver
    LF Jurickson Profar
    C Jonah Heim
    3B Josh Jung
    CF Leody Taveras
    SP Jacob deGrom


    • Left fielder Jurickson Profar is the best player still available on the free-agent market, and the Rangers have a hole to fill at that position. Could they explore a reunion with their former top prospect? He was No. 1 on the Baseball America Top 100 list at the start of the 2013 season.
    • Slugger Mitch Garver looks like the best option to serve as the designated hitter, but that could mean the team has to carry three catchers on the Opening Day roster. With a strong spring training, Sam Huff could play his way onto the 26-man squad to begin the year.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Bo Bichette
    Bo BichetteJulian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    RF George Springer
    SS Bo Bichette
    1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
    DH Alejandro Kirk
    3B Matt Chapman
    LF Daulton Varsho
    C Danny Jansen
    2B Whit Merrifield
    CF Kevin Kiermaier
    SP Alek Manoah


    • After trading from their catcher surplus to acquire another left-handed hitter in Daulton Varsho, the Blue Jays lineup appears to be set for the upcoming season. Whit Merrifield will get time in the outfield when Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio fill in at second base.
    • If the club doesn't feel comfortable using both Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen on a regular basis, it could look to add another power hitter capable of slotting into the DH role.

Washington Nationals

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    CJ Abrams
    CJ AbramsMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Projected Starting Lineup

    RF Lane Thomas
    SS CJ Abrams
    1B Joey Meneses
    LF Adam Duvall
    DH Dominic Smith
    3B Jeimer Candelario
    C Keibert Ruiz
    2B Luis García
    CF Victor Robles
    SP Josiah Gray


    • The Nationals are a logical landing spot for some of the stragglers of this year's free-agent market, as they have ample playing time to offer and will be looking to flip veterans to contenders at the trade deadline. Adam Duvall fits the bill as a capable power hitter looking for a bounce-back season.
    • If the team doesn't sign another outfielder, it could use Joey Meneses in right field and Dominic Smith at first base and look to sign a veteran to fill the designated hitter role in the middle of the lineup.

    Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.