Editor’s note: Yahoo! Sports will examine the offseason of every MLB team before spring training begins.
Kansas City Royals (Jan. 10, 2010)
A Royal disaster of an offseason – Players added by Kansas City in the name of progress are actually below average, just like the team.
Pittsburgh Pirates (Jan. 11, 2010)
Pirates shed talent, wait for prospects – Pittsburgh is destined for an 18th straight losing year because money is tight and so is front-office ingenuity.
San Diego Padres (Jan. 12, 2010)
New Padres GM plays a waiting game – Under severe payroll constraints, Jed Hoyer is holding off on signing free agents until late bargains surface.
Cincinnati Reds (Jan. 13, 2010)
Reds have reasons for optimism – The surprise signing of Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman turned a ho-hum offseason into a promising one.
Washington Nationals (Jan. 14, 2010)
Nationals’ buzz hinges on Strasburg – The flame-throwing rookie will fill the stands and give D.C. hope as soon as the front office deems him ready.
Houston Astros (Jan. 15, 2010)
Topsy-turvy Astro logic – Houston’s overspending on mediocre free agents is a poor way to make up for pinching pennies in recent drafts.
Oakland Athletics (Jan. 17, 2010)
Athletics are in tough company – Strong pitching and average offense might not be enough in the increasingly competitive AL West.
Cleveland Indians (Jan. 18, 2010)
Indians continue to pay for misjudgments – The bloated contract of unproductive DH Travis Hafner is a big reason the Indians will continue to struggle.
Toronto Blue Jays (Jan. 19, 2010)
Halladay trade was a strong first move – New Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos did what he had to in dealing his ace. Can he keep playing his cards right?
Baltimore Orioles (Jan. 20, 2010)
The Orioles might be movin’ on up – Smart offseason additions and young players give the Orioles hope that brighter days are ahead.
Arizona Diamondbacks (Jan. 21, 2010)
Youth travails hold back Diamondbacks – Arizona’s promising young talent hasn’t delivered, and the team’s offseason trade was a curious remedy.
New York Mets (Jan. 22, 2010)
The Mets are getting little traction – The hard-luck Mets went hard after several free agents but so far the only big name they signed has been Jason Bay.
Milwaukee Brewers (Jan. 24, 2010)
For Brewers, it’s a question of arms – Milwaukee added a couple of pitchers at the top of the rotation, but many holes remain.
San Francisco Giants (Jan. 25, 2010)
Giants must rely on pitching staff – San Francisco has to hope Tim Lincecum and the rest of its starters stay strong – or trouble awaits.
Detroit Tigers (Jan. 26, 2010)
Tigers make transition with upside intact – GM Dave Dombrowski reworked key elements of his club in the offseason. But did he address its needs?
Chicago White Sox (Jan. 27, 2010)
Will veteran White Sox blend boost or backfire? – There’s an intriguing mix of comeback candidates on the South Side, where pitching may again shoulder the load.
Minnesota Twins (Jan. 28, 2010)
Twins’ team construction is ongoing – Target Field is done, but Minnesota still has work to do on its pitching staff – and locking up Joe Mauer.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Jan. 29, 2010)
Strife in owners’ box spells trouble for the Dodgers – The McCourts’ split overshadows the Dodgers’ needs. But a healthy Manny Ramirez could lessen the burden.
Los Angeles Angels (Jan. 31, 2010)
The Angels are a team in transition – L.A. parts ways with several organizational icons and it’s doubtful that their replacements are an upgrade.
Texas Rangers (Feb. 1, 2010)
The Rangers are poised to pounce – With the Angels vulnerable, improved Texas could be positioned to reach the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
Florida Marlins (Feb. 2, 2010)
Penny-pinching Marlins offer no apologies – The Marlins might be monitored by MLB to ensure they spend enough on payroll, but Florida wins enough not to worry.
Chicago Cubs (Feb. 3, 2010)
Chicago hope hinges on health – Hamstrung by excessive contracts, the Cubs are banking on the same names getting healthy and producing more.
Atlanta Braves (Feb. 4, 2010)
Braves put faith in healing powers – Atlanta built its offseason around the belief that Tim Hudson and Billy Wagner will return to pre-injury form.
Seattle Mariners (Feb. 5, 2010)
Mariners make all the right moves – Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik did the best job in MLB of improving his team while cutting payroll. But was it enough?
Colorado Rockies (Feb. 7, 2010)
Aspirations are a mile high – After surging to a second playoff berth in three years, Colorado enters spring training brimming with optimism.
Tampa Bay Rays (Feb. 8, 2010)
Soriano was worth the splurge – Paying a closer $7 million was out of character for GM Andrew Friedman, but perpetual ninth-inning anxiety could end.
St. Louis Cardinals (Feb. 9, 2010)
Cardinals buoyed by 1-2 punch – Matt Holliday re-signed and Mark McGwire signed on as hitting coach, putting the Cardinals in a position of strength.
Philadelphia Phillies (Feb. 10, 2010)
Smart moves nearly complete Phillies – On paper, the Phillies are the team to beat. But there are nagging concerns about pitching.
Boston Red Sox (Feb. 11, 2010)
Shopping for gloves – Boston emphasized defense and pitching in its offseason acquisitions, but catching the Yankees will be a tough play.
New York Yankees (Feb. 12, 2010)
Doodling leaves Jeter, Rivera hanging – Acquiring Granderson and Vazquez improved the Yankees, but why aren’t they extending the contracts of two icons now?
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