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Sport30 teams, 30 grades: Rating every MLB team's offseason heading into spring training

18:11  12 february  2019
18:11  12 february  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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But I, your teacher, am a fair and generous grader, because spring brings hope and hope springs eternal and hope brings optimism, or something. There's a lot that goes into grading a team: state of the franchise, the moves that were made, prior offseasons and so forth. Putting context behind everything is important, so on a grading scale of A through D, here are key additions, departures and grades for every team's offseason heading into spring training.

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National League

Dodgers

Departures: Outfielder Yasiel Puig (traded to Cincinnati), Manny Machado (free agent), Yasmani Grandal (free agent)

Additions: Relief pitcher Joe Kelly (free agent), outfielder A.J. Pollock (free agent)

Grade: B

The Dodgers were a pretty complete team heading into the offseason, having represented the NL in the World Series once again in 2018. They did well to alleviate some of their bloated outfield, shipping Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds. With Clayton Kershaw's injury history in recent years, Rich Hill aging and other question marks across the rotation, Los Dodgers lose points for not bringing in another rotation arm to help solidify the top end. Also, the Joe Kelly deal was questionable but acceptable for a team in need of bullpen help.

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Giants

Departures: Hunter Pence (free agent), Nick Hundley (free agent)

Additions: Derek Holland (re-signed)

Grade: C

With Farhan Zaidi trying to align his vision for what the Giants should be this offseason, it's been a quiet few months in the Bay Area, save the Bryce Harper rumors. It's hard to fault the Giants for not making moves without knowing what direction they're heading in right now, so they get a Gentleman's C for their troubles.

Rockies

Departures: 2B D.J. LeMahieu (free agent), RP Adam Ottavino (free agent)

Additions: 2B Daniel Murphy (free agent)

Grade: C+

The Rox opened up their wallets after 2017, bringing in Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee for the 2018 season in what should have been baseball's next super bullpen. Unfortunately, that supposed blockbuster bullpen was nothing more than box-office bomb; Shaw (5.93 ERA), McGree (6.49) and Davis (4.13) all underperformed, while the Rockies let their best reliever (Adam Ottavino) walk in free agency this offseason. With the Diamondbacks reeling, the Giants and Padres rebuilding and the Dodgers down after a second consecutive World Series defeat, the window is open for the Rockies to do damage in that division. But, to this point, they haven't really capitalized.

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Padres

Departures: Clayton Richard (traded to Toronto), Cory Spangenberg (released),

Additions: Ian Kinsler (free agent), Garrett Richards (free agent, likely out for 2019, recovering from Tommy John surgery)

Grade: B-

The Padres are rebuilding, but they brought in some solid players to help them stay relevant on the field. Ian Kinsler had a rough go of it as a Red Sox (Red Sox? Red Sock?) in 2018, and his power numbers have been a bit down over the past two seasons, but he's still a great defender and getting him on the cheap over the next three seasons is a wise addition. The Padres are in a spot where they can "afford" to be lean on the free-agent front as they wait for their prospects to make The Show, so they get something of a pass. They also gave Eric Hosmer a big-time contract before the 2018 season, so don't expect them to back up the Brinks truck this offseason for any other big-name free agents.

Diamondbacks

Departures: Paul Goldschmidt (traded to St. Louis), Patrick Corbin (free agent), A.J. Pollock (free agent)

Additions: Carson Kelly (trade from St. Louis), Luke Weaver (trade from St. Louis)

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Grade: D

Does anyone really know what the Diamondbacks are trying to be? The Paul Goldschmidt trade torpedoed the Snakes' odds at challenging for an NL West crown and Arizona doesn't seem willing to compete, despite being in the NL West hunt in 2018 until faltering down the stretch. Not bothering to get better in a division that's essentially the Dodgers and everyone else is bothersome, and fans should be bothered by their offseason, too.

Cubs

Departures: Justin Wilson (free agent), Jesse Chavez (free agent), Daniel Murphy (free agent)

Additions: Daniel Descalso (free agent), Tony Barnette (free agent)

Grade: D

The Cubs' offseason has been mired in disappointment more than anything else. Saddled with big contracts from previous offseasons, they have been reluctant to involve themselves in the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sweepstakes, despite both players being an apparent fit. They also controversially opted to keep shortstop Addison Russell, who is serving a suspension amid domestic violence allegations. While Descalso is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, he pales in comparison to the division rival Cardinals prize of Paul Goldschmidt. — Jacob Janower

Reds

Departures: Billy Hamilton (free agent), Homer Bailey (traded to Dodgers)

Additions: Sonny Gray (trade from New York), Yasiel Puig (trade from Los Angeles), Matt Kemp (trade from Los Angeles)

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Like the other super teams who stayed relatively quiet this offseason , the Nationals are a roster with few holes, meaning the front office didn’t need to make a major splash in order to compete This team entered the offseason really good, and it’ll leave it really good too. Heading towards the East Coast.

Teams were simply given a grade of A, B, C, D or F based on the moves they've made. Offseason Moves. Nov. 30 : RHP Brad Boxberger acquired from TB for RHP Curtis Taylor. The Arizona Diamondbacks' list of needs was relatively short heading into the offseason , but priority No. 1 was

Grade: B

The Reds freeing themselves of Homer Bailey's contract — all but a disaster, it was — is big for them, and acquiring Yasiel Puig will give Cincinnati a jolt of energy and flair. The Sonny Gray trade could also benefit the Reds, if you believe in the whole change-of-scenery thing. It remains to be seen whether the Reds can contend — a betting man would lean no, given their rotation — but it's hard to argue that they haven't improved this offseason. Just not enough to really be taken seriously in the NL Central.

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Brewers

Departures: Mike Moustakas (free agent), Jonathan Schoop (free agent), Wade Miley (free agent)

Additions: Cory Spangenberg (free agent), Yasmani Grandal (free agent)

Grade: B

With Yasmani Grandal as the new Brew Crew backstop, Milwaukee solved one of its most glaring holes in its lineup this offseason. The Brewers lose a few points on letting Mike Moustakas walk — for now — and not being more aggressive on the starting pitching market, especially with Wade Miley hitting the market. But for a team that didn't have many holes to start and boasts the National League MVP, they'll be better suited to chase what needs come the trade deadline.

Cardinals

Departures: Matt Adams (free agent), Bud Norris (free agent)

Additions: Paul Goldschmidt (trade from Arizona), Andrew Miller (free agent)

Grade: A-

Anytime you can bring in a player the caliber of Paul Goldschmidt for what amounts to spare parts, you smash that button harder than Tom Cruise did at the end of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation." For the Cardinals, winning the NL Central will be "Mission: Difficult" more than "Mission: Impossible," but the additions of Goldschmidt and lefty reliever Andrew Miller will help in the quest. All things considered, St. Louis did exactly what it had to do; supplement a solid group of players with effective upgrades.

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Pirates

Departures: Josh Harrison (free agent), Jordy Mercer (free agent)

Additions: Lonnie Chisenhall (free agent)

Grade: D

The Pirates did their big shopping during the season in 2018, acquiring Chris Archer from the Rays for quite the haul, which featured Austin Meadows and pitcher Shane Baz. Simply put, a franchise can't make the moves it did and then not bother to improve the team whatsoever this offseason. The rotation could be good enough (Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams), but there are serious depth and offensive questions to answer.

Mets

Departures: Jay Bruce (trade to Seattle), Wilmer Flores (free agent)

Additions: Jed Lowrie (free agent), Robinson Cano (trade from Seattle), Edwin Diaz (trade from Seattle), Wilson Ramos (free agent)

Grade: B+

Working within their means actually left the Mets and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen with decent results this offseason: They shored up the back end of the bullpen after acquiring Edwin Diaz and added a legit middle of the order bat with Robinson Cano. They also solidified bench depth, signing Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal, and also brought in Wilson Ramos to solve their catching woes. All in all, health and depth have always been the biggest issue for Gotham NL, and the Mets seem to have solved at least the depth issue heading into 2019.

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Nationals

Departures: Bryce Harper (free agent), Tanner Roark (trade to Cincinnati)

Additions: Brian Dozier (free agent), Patrick Corbin (free agent), Kurt Suzuki (free agent), Matt Adams (free agent)

Grade: B+

While the door for Harper to return to Washington is wide open, the Nationals might be well off enough without him. Juan Soto was a breakout star in 2018, while Victor Robles is right behind him ready to make an impact. Trea Turner is still a young stud and the Nats still have a good rotation, even better now with the addition of Patrick Corbin. (Side note: They also kept Corbin away from division rival Phillies, who were also in the Corbin hunt.)

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Every MLB team has a different set of goals and a different path it will follow this offseason to improve heading into 2016, but one thing is for sure Expect the team to also be aggressive in pursuing potential bullpen upgrades once again this winter, as they cast a wide net last offseason with limited

The Nats have quality depth, which is sure to help them in a race for another title in one of the most loaded and improved divisions in baseball.

Phillies

Departures: Wilson Ramos (free agent), Asdrubal Cabrera (free agent)

Additions: J.T. Realmuto (trade from Miami), Jean Segura (trade from Seattle), David Robertson (free agent), Andrew McCutchen (free agent)

Grade: B

The Phillies have made a lot of good moves this offseason, culminating (so far) with the acquisition of J.T. Realmuto. They still need bullpen help, though, and Craig Kimbrel is out there for the taking as of this writing. While the Phillies haven't exactly been stupid with their money — not yet — they've done a good job bringing in veterans to try to bolster the depth and quality of the lineup.

Marlins

Departures: J.T. Realmuto (trade to Philadelphia), Derek Dietrich (free agent)

Additions: Neil Walker (free agent)

Grade: Incomplete

The Marlins are the only team on this list that gets an incomplete grade because their additions have been Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson (signed to a minor-league contract). The Marlins are years away from competing, and trading away their last big piece in Realmuto signifies the rebuild is in absolute full swing — as if we didn't know that already.

Braves

Departures: Kurt Suzuki (free agent)

Additions: Josh Donaldson (free agent), Brian McCann (free agent)

Grade: B

Josh Donaldson signing with his childhood team to a one-year deal is a smart gamble for the Braves, to complement an already potent lineup that features SN NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna and SN All-Star Freddie Freeman. Though the Braves didn't do enough to strengthen their rotation — an apparent weakness — they have enough in place on the 40-man to be able to afford not having a massive offseason.

American League

Athletics

Departures: Kendall Graveman (free agent), Jed Lowrie (free agent), Jonathan Lucroy (free agent), Jeurys Familia (free agent), Trevor Cahill (free agent), Brett Anderson (free agent)

Additions: Marco Estrada (free agent), Joakim Soria (free agent), Jurickson Profar (trade from Texas)

Grade: B-

The Athletics are a team that has to operate within its means, but Oakland has made several smart moves this offseason. Getting Marco Estrada and retaining Mike Fiers will boost the rotation, trading for former wunderkind prospect Jurickson Profar could be a boon for Oakland's versatility, and snagging Joakim Soria should ensure a lights-out bullpen stays that way. But the A's lost a lot in free agency, most notably Jed Lowrie, who was arguably the team's most consistent hitter in 2018. Plus, ace lefty Sean Manaea is expected to miss the season due to injury. The A's will suffer for not doing more to address their rotation when affordable options were on the market.

Angels

Departures: Garrett Richards (free agent)

Additions: Tommy La Stella (trade from Cubs), Justin Bour (free agent), Trevor Cahill (free agent), Matt Harvey (free agent), Jonathan Lucroy (free agent)

Grade: C+

Shohei Ohtani can't pitch while recovering from Tommy John surgery, making the Cahill and Harvey additions necessary for Los Angeles' rotation depth. But is that really all the Angels could do? Why not go all out to supplement a lineup boasting Mike Trout, one of the best MLB players of the past 50 years? Whether the pitching staff can outperform expectations will make or break this regime's tenure in Anaheim.

Mariners

Departures: Robinson Cano (trade to New York Mets), Edwin Diaz (trade to New York Mets), Nelson Cruz (free agent), Mike Zunino (trade to Tampa Bay), James Paxton (traded to New York Yankees), Jean Segura (trade to Philadelphia)

Additions: Domingo Santana (trade from Milwaukee), Yusei Kikuchi (free agent), Hunter Strickland (free agent), Edwin Encarnacion (trade from Cleveland)

Grade: C+

The Mariners didn't make a lot of trades to help them now — they can all be viewed as rearranging deck chairs — but they did a decent enough job to rebuild a farm system and head in a (somewhat) clearer direction. Seattle's constant "reimagining" of rosters has to end at some point — the Mariners haven't been to the postseason since 2001, despite flirting with a berth in 2018, and these shake-ups have rarely seemed to help. For Jerry Dipoto and Co., this season is the one that has to bear some sort of fruit, to show that all the hustle and bustle and Twitter memes have actually been worth something.

Astros

Departures: Brian McCann (free agent), Marwin Gonzalez (free agent), Dallas Keuchel (free agent), Charlie Morton (free agent)

Additions: Michael Brantley (free agent), Wade Miley (free agent), Robinson Chirinos (free agent), Aledmys Diaz (free agent)

Grade: B

The Astros were at one point in on catcher J.T. Realmuto and it's unclear why they didn't pull the trigger. This is a team with a window to win right now, making it to the ALCS in 2018 after winning it all in 2017. But not having any intention of re-signing Dallas Keuchel (at least as of this writing) and trying to replace a rotation spot with Wade Miley — very good in 2018 but not good the rest of his career — seems shortsighted. In recent years we've seen teams rely on cores without making the effort to improve each year, which has hurt some would-be dynastic teams (Cubs, Line 1), so for the Astros to not make marked improvements heading into 2019 seems like a pretty big gamble. If nothing else, the signings they've made put them pretty much in the same spot they were in 2018.

Rangers

Departures: Jurickson Profar (trade to Oakland), Adrian Beltre (retired), Robinson Chirinos (free agent)

Additions: Asdrubal Cabrera (free agent), Zach McAllister (free agent), Lance Lynn (free agent), Shelby Miller (free agent)

Grade: D

The Rangers have done nothing to solidify what they're doing now or for the future. They had pieces to move and only moved Profar to the A's in a three-team deal. They traded for Drew Smyly (who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016), signed Shelby Miller (10.69 ERA in 2018 with Arizona) and Edinson Volquez, who actually signed in 2018 but spent the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Not exactly a competitive rotation for not exactly a competitive team.

White Sox

Departures: Matt Davidson (free agent), Avisail Garcia (free agent), James Shields (free agent)

Additions: Jon Jay (free agent), Kelvin Herrera (free agent), Yonder Alonso (trade from Cleveland)

Grade: B-

The White Sox are another one of these "stay the course" teams that didn't do much this offseason, at least to this point. Who knows whether their overtures to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper were legit or just window dressing for the fan base, but kudos to Chicago for trying. All things considered, the White Sox have a solid young core, but they need to start producing and winning games.

Twins

Departures: Joe Mauer (retired)

Additions: Lucas Duda (free agent), Nelson Cruz (free agent), Jonothan Schoop (free agent), Martin Perez (free agent), C.J. Cron (waiver claim)

Grade: B

The Twins brought in C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz, adding two legitimate power threats to the middle of their lineup to hit in the cavernous Target Field. They also signed Lucas Duda to a minor-league deal. That's three legit power guys to add to incumbents Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano. The Twins have built an offensive identity, but we'll see whether Duda and Cruz are here to stay or merely trade bait come the deadline.

Tigers

Departures: Jose Iglesias (free agent)

Additions: Jordy Mercer (free agent)

Grade: C-

The tumult surrounding Nicholas Castellanos and his reported trade demand has been the highlight of the Tigers' offseason. Really. Everything else in Mo Town has stayed pretty much the same, but Detroit is in Year 2 of its rebuild, so expect more tearing down before the wins start coming.

Indians

Departures: Michael Brantley (free agent), Josh Donaldson (free agent), Josh Tomlin (free agent), Lonnie Chisenhall (free agent), Andrew Miller (free agent)

Additions: Carlos Santana (trade from Seattle)

Grade: D

The Indians are banking on the rest of the AL Central to be bad, as their window is closing fast. They did well to resist the urge to trade ace Corey Kluber, because trading him would have been a massive gamble on expecting the rest of the rotation to stay healthy and the rest of the division to stay bad. But with Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco under contract, Cleveland needed to improve its team and just … didn't. Even with payroll limitations, there's no reason why the Indians couldn't have bolstered an outfield that features Greg Allen, Tyler Naquin and Leonys Martin. It will surprise no one if they win the division — and it also won't surprise anyone if they get stomped in the first round of the playoffs once again.

Royals

Departures: Alcides Escobar (free agent), Jason Hammel (free agent)

Additions: Brad Boxberger (free agent), Terrance Gore (free agent), Billy Hamilton (free agent)

Grade: B-

Speed kills, and the Royals are going to test that theory 2019. Bringing in Hamilton and Gore will up their speed alongside Whit Merrifield, who signed a shiny new extension this offseason (very favorable toward the team, mind you), and Adalberto Mondesi. Their rotation is serviceable and their bullpen is ripe with question marks. If nothing else, the Royals built an offensive identity and are hoping for big-time returns in 2019. Don't count on it, though.

Red Sox

Departures: Drew Pomeranz (free agent), Joe Kelly (free agent), Ian Kinsler (free agent), Craig Kimbrel (free agent)

Additions: Nathan Eovaldi (re-signed)

Grade: B

The Red Sox had a historic season in 2018, winning 108 games and the World Series. There's no doubt Boston is still good, but expecting the Sox to be that good one more year seems like a bit of a stretch. All things considered, the Red Sox have a young core that is going to be the backbone of this team for a long time, but not re-signing Kimbrel seems like a bit of a head scratcher. He's still available, so a reunion is a possibility, but with Boston wanting to slash payroll, it seems unrealistic.

Rays

Departures: C.J. Cron (waived), Jake Bauers (trade to Cleveland)

Additions: Yandy Diaz (trade from Cleveland), Mike Zunino (trade from Seattle), Avisail Garcia (free agent), Charlie Morton (free agent)

Grade: A

The Rays had a sneaky-good offseason, and the addition of Charlie Morton will only help solidify that. Morton will either be really good for the Rays, continuing to capitalize on his career renaissance, or he'll be traded at the deadline for more pieces. The Rays can't count on the devil magic from last year that pushed them to 90 wins under Kevin Cash, and they've had a very good offseason that's made them better. Expect the Rays to make noise in 2019, as long as they can stay healthy and keep their rotation intact.

Orioles

Departures: Adam Jones (free agent), Caleb Joseph (free agent), Tim Beckham (free agent)

Additions: Nate Karns (free agent)

Grade: Incomplete

The Orioles are the second team to earn an incomplete mark here because no one is sure what they're going to be for years to come. To say their 2018 season was a train wreck would be an understatement, so for them to have hit rock bottom — assumedly so — means it's only up from here. It seems unfair to give them a bad grade because of the state of the organization, so we'll see how their current roster performs in 2019.

Blue Jays

Departures: Marco Estrada (free agent), Troy Tulowitzki (free agent)

Additions: Clayton Richard (trade from San Diego)

Grade: B-

The Jays are another team waiting on their core to come up, headlined by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The Jays probably should have been better than they were in 2018, but injuries ravaged the team and left them generally uncompetitive for the rest of the season. We'll see what new skipper Charlie Montoyo has to offer in 2019 and whether he'll bring some of that Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays magic with him. The Jays should have done a bit more to help shore up the bench and the bullpen, two areas they're lacking in depth.

Yankees

Departures: Sonny Gray (trade to Cincinnati), Neil Walker (free agent), Ronald Torreyes (waived), David Robertson (free agent)

Additions: D.J. LeMahieu (free agent), Adam Ottavino (free agent), James Paxton (trade from Seattle), Zack Britton (re-signed)

Grade: B+

Some Yankees fans are upset the Bombers didn't open up the wallet to sign either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper (yet). Both would, arguably, be a fit on the Opening Day roster, and both would potentially help put the team over the Boston hump. But the Yankees are at least equal to the team they were in 2018: They signed D.J. LeMahieu, a contact-hitting second baseman; they brought in Adam Ottavino, coming off a massive year for Colorado; they brought back J.A. Happ; they traded for James Paxton. That's a full, complete offseason, with or without Harper and Machado. They could definitely have used help at first base — Greg Bird has an injury history and Luke Voit shined, albeit in a small sample size — but the Yankees are deep enough and good enough to solve that issue at the deadline.

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