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Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 2 Weeks from Spring Training

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2014

Projecting Every MLB Team's Starting Lineup 2 Weeks from Spring Training

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    Pitching may win championships, but having a high-powered offense to back that pitching goes an awful long way as well. Look no further than the reigning champion Boston Red Sox, who led the MLB in runs scored last season while finishing 14th in team ERA.

    The position-player market has unfolded much faster than the pitching market this offseason, due in large part to a number of teams playing wait and see with Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.

    As it stands today, the only everyday-caliber hitters still on the market are three guys who received qualifying offers: Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. The other remaining position players are bench-depth at best.

    With that in mind, what follows are predictions for how every MLB team's starting lineup will look in 2014, as we are now just two weeks from the start of spring training.

     

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

Baltimore Orioles

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    1B Chris Davis
    1B Chris DavisKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    RF Nick MarkakisRF Nick Markakis
    3B Manny Machado3B Manny Machado
    1B Chris Davis1B Chris Davis
    CF Adam JonesCF Adam Jones
    C Matt WietersC Matt Wieters
    SS J.J. HardySS J.J. Hardy
    DH Henry UrrutiaDH Delmon Young
    LF David LoughLF Nolan Reimold
    2B Jemile Weeks2B Jemile Weeks

     

    Lineup Overview

    There are a number of questions surrounding the Orioles lineup at this point, as second base, left field and designated hitter are far from locked down. The health of star third baseman Manny Machado is up in the air as he recovers from knee surgery, and Ryan Flaherty will likely open the season at third if he's not ready to go.

    "The doctor said everything's going well and according to plan, so at this point it's just seeing how healthy I am and how fast I can get out there," Machado said in an article by Christian De Nicola of MLB.com.

    With leadoff hitter Nate McLouth gone in free agency, the team will be counting on a bounce-back campaign from Nick Markakis atop the lineup. If nothing else, they'll have the dynamic one-two punch of Chris Davis and Adam Jones in the middle of the order once again to provide plenty of run production.

Boston Red Sox

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    DH David Ortiz
    DH David OrtizRobert Deutsch-USA TODAY

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    RF Shane VictorinoRF Shane Victorino
    SS Xander BogaertsSS Xander Bogaerts
    2B Dustin Pedroia2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David OrtizDH David Ortiz 
    1B Mike Napoli1B Mike Napoli
    C A.J. PierzynskiLF Jonny Gomes
    LF Daniel NavaC A.J. Pierzynski
    3B Will Middlebrooks3B Will Middlebrooks
    CF Jackie BradleyCF Jackie Bradley

     

    Lineup Overview

    The reigning champs waved goodbye to Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in free agency this offseason and could also see Stephen Drew sign elsewhere before the offseason is over. A.J. Pierzynski was signed to replace Salty behind the plate, but they will turn to a pair of rookies in Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts at center field and shortstop, respectively.

    Bogaerts is among the early favorites for AL Rookie of the Year honors after an impressive showing in the postseason, and if those two can hold their own, the Red Sox offense should again be among the league's best. The trio of Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the middle of the order is as good as any in the league.

New York Yankees

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    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    CF Jacoby EllsburyNoah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Jacoby EllsburyCF Jacoby Ellsbury
    SS Derek JeterSS Derek Jeter
    RF Carlos BeltranRF Carlos Beltran
    1B Mark Teixeira1B Mark Teixeira
    DH Alfonso SorianoDH Alfonso Soriano
    C Brian McCannC Brian McCann
    LF Brett GardnerLF Brett Gardner
    3B Kelly Johnson3B Kelly Johnson
    2B Brian Roberts2B Brian Roberts

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Yankees lineup was hit hard by injuries last season, and they finished the year 16th in the league in runs scored at 650. That was their lowest total since 1990, and it goes without saying that the roster was in need of a significant overhaul this offseason.

    With the additions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, along with what the team hopes will be healthy seasons from Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, there is no shortage of firepower this time around. There are questions at second base with the injury-prone Brian Roberts and at third base, where utility man Kelly Johnson is penciled in, but it is a vastly improved group from top to bottom.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    RF Wil Myers
    RF Wil MyersGary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF David DeJesusLF David DeJesus
    2B Ben Zobrist2B Ben Zobrist
    3B Evan Longoria3B Evan Longoria
    1B James Loney1B James Loney
    RF Wil MyersRF Wil Myers
    DH Matt JoyceCF Desmond Jennings
    CF Desmond JenningsSS Yunel Escobar
    SS Yunel EscobarDH Sean Rodriguez
    C Ryan HaniganC Ryan Hanigan

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Rays may not have as much roster versatility as years past, but there are no clear holes in the lineup from top to bottom, and they should again score enough to back their terrific pitching staff as they hunt for a fifth postseason trip in the last seven seasons.

    Moving Desmond Jennings out of the leadoff spot for a full season could help him take a step forward offensively, and David DeJesus has good on-base skills replacing him in that spot. Wil Myers could also take a big step in his first full season, and a 30-home run campaign is not out of the question. They'll again get little in the way of offense from the catcher position, and they could use another right-handed bat with some pop, but, overall, it's the same sort of lineup the Rays have employed the past few years.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    1B Edwin EncarnacionKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    SS Jose ReyesSS Jose Reyes
    RF Jose BautistaRF Jose Bautista
    1B Edwin Encarnacion1B Edwin Encarnacion
    DH Adam LindDH Moises Sierra
    CF Colby RasmusCF Colby Rasmus
    3B Brett Lawrie3B Brett Lawrie
    LF Melky CabreraLF Melky Cabrera
    C Dioner NavarroC Dioner Navarro
    2B Ryan Goins2B Maicer Izturis

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Blue Jays ranked in the middle of the pack in runs scored last season, but they dealt with a number of injuries, and only three players managed to appear in over 120 games. Key bats Jose Reyes (93 games) and Jose Bautista (118 games) in particular were missed, and if they can stay healthy, the Blue Jays have the pieces to be a dangerous offense.

    Dioner Navarro was signed to replace J.P. Arencibia as the primary catcher. While he has not been an everyday catcher since 2009, it won't be hard to improve on the .194/.227/.365 line Arencibia put up last year. Second base is up in the air, with slick-fielding Ryan Goins likely to get the bulk of the at-bats at this point, but they have enough offense at other positions to make up for that.

Chicago White Sox

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    RF Avisail Garcia
    RF Avisail GarciaRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Adam EatonCF Adam Eaton
    LF Alejandro De AzaLF Alejandro De Aza
    1B Jose Abreu1B Jose Abreu
    DH Adam DunnDH Adam Dunn
    RF Avisail GarciaRF Avisail Garcia
    3B Matt Davidson3B Matt Davidson
    SS Alexei RamirezSS Alexei Ramirez
    2B Gordon Beckham2B Gordon Beckham
    C Tyler FlowersC Tyler Flowers

     

    Lineup Overview

    After acquiring outfield prospect Avisail Garcia from the Detroit Tigers last August, the White Sox have continued adding high-upside young pieces to their roster this offseason, with the additions of Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson.

    Abreu takes over for Paul Konerko, who re-signed on a one-year deal, but will move to a lesser bench role in what will likely be his final season. Adam Dunn, Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez all figure to be gone before the next time the team is in a legitimate position to contend, so look for any and all of them to be moved during the season.

Cleveland Indians

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    DH Carlos Santana
    DH Carlos SantanaRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Michael BournCF Michael Bourn
    1B Nick Swisher1B Nick Swisher
    2B Jason Kipnis2B Jason Kipnis
    DH Carlos Santana3B Carlos Santana
    LF Michael BrantleyLF Michael Brantley
    SS Asdrubal CabreraSS Asdrubal Cabrera
    C Yan GomesC Yan Gomes
    RF David MurphyRF David Murphy
    3B Lonnie ChisenhallDH Ryan Raburn

     

    Lineup Overview

    The only real change to the Indians lineup is the addition of free agent David Murphy in right field. He takes over for Drew Stubbs, who was traded to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Josh Outman. The team will also have a full season of Yan Gomes in the everyday lineup after he claimed the catching job in the second half last year.

    Carlos Santana is reportedly playing third base in the winter league, but it remains to be seen if the Indians will wind up using him there. 

    "Carlos offered to go play third base in winter ball, which we all thought was terrific. And it sounds like he's improving. But we don't need to make any kind of decisions today, nor will we at the beginning of Spring Training," said manager Terry Francona in an article by Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com.

    Lonnie Chisenhall will get every chance to win the job this spring, but if he stumbles again, the team could very well look to move Santana there on at least a somewhat regular basis. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is in a contract year, and with Francisco Lindor eyeing a big league job in 2015, he's likely playing for a contract elsewhere next offseason.

Detroit Tigers

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    1B Miguel Cabrera
    1B Miguel CabreraKyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    2B Ian Kinsler2B Ian Kinsler
    RF Torii HunterRF Torii Hunter
    1B Miguel Cabrera1B Miguel Cabrera
    DH Victor MartinezDH Victor Martinez
    *LF Nelson Cruz*LF Nelson Cruz
    CF Austin JacksonCF Austin Jackson
    3B Nick Castellanos3B Nick Castellanos
    C Alex AvilaC Alex Avila
    SS Jose IglesiasSS Jose Iglesias

    *Predicted signing

     

    Lineup Overview

    Adding a legitimate leadoff hitter in Ian Kinsler to the top of the lineup should help the Tigers batters as a whole, allowing the talented but strikeout-prone Austin Jackson to slide to the middle of the order, where his swing-and-miss issues won't be such a detriment.

    Trading Prince Fielder made sense long term, but it leaves the team with less protection for Miguel Cabrera. If Nelson Cruz is still available when spring training starts and he lowers his asking price a bit, signing him makes a lot of sense to shore up the middle of the lineup. Top prospect Nick Castellanos will be one to watch, as he has the tools to contend for a batting title in his prime, but he is still just 21 and could go through some growing pains.

Kansas City Royals

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    LF Alex Gordon
    LF Alex GordonUSA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF Alex GordonLF Alex Gordon
    2B Omar Infante2B Omar Infante
    1B Eric Hosmer1B Eric Hosmer
    DH Billy ButlerDH Billy Butler
    3B Mike Moustakas3B Mike Moustakas
    RF Norichika AokiRF Norichika Aoki
    C Salvador PerezC Salvador Perez
    CF Lorenzo CainCF Lorenzo Cain
    SS Alcides EscobarSS Alcides Escobar

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Royals upgraded at the two positions that were question marks entering the offseason, signing second baseman Omar Infante to a four-year, $30.25 million deal and acquiring right fielder Norichika Aoki from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Will Smith.

    The team could opt to use Aoki in the leadoff spot, moving Alex Gordon to the middle of the lineup, but Gordon has hit leadoff the past several seasons and may be most comfortable there at this point. They also acquired Danny Valencia to fill out their bench, and he should help light a fire under Mike Moustakas at third base as he looks to avoid another disappointing season.

Minnesota Twins

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    1B Joe Mauer
    1B Joe MauerJesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Alex PresleyCF Alex Presley
    2B Brian Dozier2B Brian Dozier
    1B Joe Mauer1B Joe Mauer
    LF Josh WillinghamLF Josh Willingham
    3B Trevor Plouffe3B Trevor Plouffe
    RF Oswaldo ArciaRF Oswaldo Arcia
    DH Jason KubelDH Chris Colabello
    C Kurt SuzukiC Kurt Suzuki
    SS Pedro FlorimonSS Pedro Florimon

     

    Lineup Overview

    It's a waiting game for the Twins at this point, as top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are continuing to make their way through what is arguably the best minor league system in all of baseball. Sano could make a push for the everyday third base job by midseason, while Buxton is in position to debut sometime in 2015.

    For now, the big story is Joe Mauer making the full-time move out from behind the plate to first base. He won't have Justin Morneau hitting behind him in the order, but look for a big season from second-year outfielder Oswaldo Arcia. Catcher Kurt Suzuki was signed to bridge the gap to prospect Josmil Pinto, and he could be in position for a nice bounce-back season as well.

Houston Astros

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    C Jason Castro
    C Jason CastroTim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Dexter FowlerCF Dexter Fowler
    2B Jose Altuve2B Jose Altuve
    C Jason CastroC Jason Castro
    DH Chris CarterDH Chris Carter
    1B Brett Wallace1B Jesus Guzman
    3B Matt Dominguez3B Matt Dominguez
    LF Robbie GrossmanLF Robbie Grossman
    RF L.J. HoesRF L.J. Hoes
    SS Jonathan VillarSS Jonathan Villar

     

    Lineup Overview

    Most of the Astros' offseason moves have been on the pitching side of things, but they did pull off one big trade to improve their lineup: landing Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. Still just 27, Fowler gives them another proven big league piece to build around alongside Jose Altuve and Jason Castro.

    Top prospects George Springer and Jonathan Singleton will get long looks this spring and could both be in the everyday lineup by midseason. The continued progression of Chris Carter will be interesting to watch, as the big 27-year-old slugged a team-high 29 home runs and posted a respectable .320 OBP last year but also struck out a whopping 212 times in 506 at-bats.

Los Angeles Angels

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    CF Mike Trout
    CF Mike TroutBob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    SS Erick AybarSS Erick Aybar
    CF Mike TroutCF Mike Trout
    1B Albert Pujols1B Albert Pujols
    LF Josh HamiltonLF Josh Hamilton
    3B David Freese3B David Freese
    DH Raul IbanezDH Raul Ibanez
    2B Howie Kendrick2B Howie Kendrick
    RF Kole CalhounRF Kole Calhoun
    C Chris IannettaC Chris Iannetta

     

    Lineup Overview

    With the trade of Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of pitchers, the Angels find themselves relying heavily on bounce-back seasons from highly paid superstars Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The pair combined for 38 home runs and 143 RBI last season while earning $31 million, and that figure jumps to $38 million in 2014.

    Mike Trout remains the best all-around player in the game today, and it will be interesting to see if he can still get better. Last year, he saw his OBP climb from .399 to .432 as he led the AL in walks with 110, showing there was still room to improve on his phenomenal rookie season. David Freese and Raul Ibanez were acquired to fill out the lineup, and both will be counted on rather heavily to be run producers, especially if Pujols and Hamilton aren't playing at an elite level once again.

Oakland Athletics

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    3B Josh Donaldson
    3B Josh DonaldsonJoe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Coco CrispCF Coco Crisp
    3B Josh Donaldson3B Josh Donaldson
    SS Jed LowrieSS Jed Lowrie
    LF Yoenis CespedesLF Yoenis Cespedes
    1B Brandon Moss1B Nathan Freiman
    RF Josh ReddickRF Josh Reddick
    DH John JasoDH Craig Gentry
    2B Albert Callaspo2B Alberto Callaspo
    C Derek NorrisC Derek Norris

     

    Lineup Overview

    The A's platoon and shuffle their lineup as much as anyone, so the above projections are rough outlines. Outfielder Craig Gentry was acquired from the Texas Rangers to replace Chris Young, and he should see 400-plus at-bats moving between DH and all three outfield positions.

    Shortstop Jed Lowrie is entering a contract year, and with top prospect Addison Russell quickly making his way to the majors, he could be auditioning for a new team in 2015. Bounce-back seasons from Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick would certainly help things in Oakland, but manager Bob Melvin is as good at getting the most out of his entire roster of players as anyone in baseball.

Seattle Mariners

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    2B Robinson Cano
    2B Robinson CanoJoe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    RF Michael SaundersRF Michael Saunders
    3B Kyle Seager3B Kyle Seager
    2B Robinson Cano2B Robinson Cano
    DH Corey HartDH Corey Hart
    1B Justin Smoak1B Justin Smoak
    LF Logan MorrisonLF Logan Morrison
    C Mike ZuninoC Mike Zunino
    CF Dustin AckleyCF Franklin Gutierrez
    SS Brad MillerSS Brad Miller

     

    Lineup Overview

    It's been a busy offseason for the Mariners, especially on the offensive side of things, and it all starts with the massive 10-year, $240 million deal they gave Robinson Cano. He becomes the face of an offense that has been among the worst in baseball the past several years, but should be vastly improved in 2014.

    The team bought low on Corey Hart and Logan Morrison at the winter meetings, and they could wind up being bargains if they can stay on the field. Third baseman Kyle Seager remains one of the most underrated young players in the game today, and he could thrive in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Look for catcher Mike Zunino to take a step forward after an injury-plagued first season in the majors, as he still has the tools to be one of the game's top offensive backstops.

Texas Rangers

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    LF Shin-Soo Choo
    LF Shin-Soo ChooTim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF Shin-Soo ChooLF Shin-Soo Choo
    SS Elvis AndrusSS Elvis Andrus
    1B Prince Fielder1B Prince Fielder
    3B Adrian Beltre3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Alex RiosRF Alex Rios
    DH Mitch MorelandDH Michael Choice
    C Geovany SotoC Geovany Soto
    2B Jurickson Profar2B Jurickson Profar
    CF Leonys MartinCF Leonys Martin

     

    Lineup Overview

    A year after losing the likes of Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli in free agency, the Rangers have restocked their lineup with the additions of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder. Those two join Adrian Beltre and August addition Alex Rios to from an impressive core of hitters, and Texas should again be among the highest-scoring teams in the league.

    Moving Ian Kinsler in the Fielder deal opens up an everyday job for Jurickson Profar at second base, and with everyday at-bats and a position to call his own, he could take a big step forward. Geovany Soto was re-signed to be the everyday catcher after backing up A.J. Pierzynski last year, and non-tendered J.P. Arencibia was brought in to be his backup. 

Atlanta Braves

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    1B Freddie Freeman
    1B Freddie FreemanHoward Smith-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    RF Jason HeywardRF Jason Heyward
    3B Chris Johnson3B Chris Johnson
    LF Justin UptonLF Justin Upton
    1B Freddie Freeman1B Freddie Freeman
    C Evan GattisC Evan Gattis
    2B Dan Uggla2B Dan Uggla
    SS Andrelton SimmonsSS Andrelton Simmons
    CF B.J. UptonCF B.J. Upton
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Braves return essentially the same lineup they opened the season with last year, except Brian McCann won't be joining them, as he signed with the New York Yankees in free agency. Evan Gattis now assumes everyday catcher duties, with Ryan Doumit acquired to fill his role off the bench.

    If the team can get something out of Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, both of whom hit below .200 last season and were non-factors in the postseason, it would go a long way in improving what was a plus offensive attack without them. It's still a group that's going to strike out a bunch, but anchored by Justin Upton and MVP candidate Freddie Freeman, this lineup can do a lot of damage when it's hot. 

Miami Marlins

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    RF Giancarlo Stanton
    RF Giancarlo StantonRobert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF Christian YelichLF Christian Yelich
    2B Rafael Furcal2B Rafael Furcal
    RF Giancarlo StantonRF Giancarlo Stanton
    1B Garrett Jones3B Ed Lucas
    C Jarrod SaltalamacchiaC Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    3B Casey McGehee1B Casey McGehee
    CF Marcell OzunaCF Marcell Ozuna
    SS Adeiny HechavarriaSS Adeiny Hechavarria
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Marlins added three-fourths of an infield this offseason in free agency, signing Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee to join incumbent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Those three are nothing but place fillers on a rebuilding team, but they should help improve an offensive attack that ranked dead last in the MLB in runs last year. They managed just 513 runs, a full 85 runs less than the next-worst team.

    The big signing was Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million deal, as he will be counted on to provide some pop behind the plate while also handling one of the best young rotations in the game. Perhaps this will be the year Giancarlo Stanton finally stays healthy and shows what he can do over 600 at-bats, while Christian Yelich will be one to watch after he hit .288/.370/.396 over 240 at-bats as a rookie.

New York Mets

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    LF Curtis Granderson
    LF Curtis GrandersonDavid Manning-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    RF Chris YoungRF Chris Young
    *SS Stephen Drew*SS Stephen Drew
    3B David Wright3B David Wright
    LF Curtis GrandersonLF Curtis Granderson
    2B Daniel Murphy2B Daniel Murphy
    1B Ike Davis1B Josh Satin
    C Travis d'ArnaudC Travis d'Arnaud
    CF Juan LagaresCF Juan Lagares
    PitcherPitcher

    *Predicted signing

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Mets did well to improve their outfield this offseason, signing bounce-back candidate Chris Young to a one-year deal before landing Curtis Granderson on a reasonable four-year, $60 million deal. Granderson will need to change his offensive approach now that he no longer has the short porch in right field to work with, as a sub-.250 average is unacceptable without the 40-plus home runs he was hitting.

    A glaring hole remains at shortstop, and if Stephen Drew does not wind up back with Boston, it seems likely the Mets will be his eventual landing spot. Figuring out what to do with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda remains an issue, though the team will likely give Davis one last shot. A healthy season from catcher Travis d'Arnaud could give the team a breakout star behind the plate.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    2B Chase Utley
    2B Chase UtleyHoward Smith-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Ben RevereCF Ben Revere
    SS Jimmy RollinsSS Jimmy Rollins
    2B Chase Utley2B Chase Utley
    1B Ryan Howard1B Ryan Howard
    RF Marlon ByrdRF Marlon Byrd
    LF Domonic BrownLF Domonic Brown
    3B Cody Asche3B Cody Asche
    C Carlos RuizC Carlos Ruiz
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    The old got older this offseason. The Phillies signed 36-year-old Marlon Byrd to a two-year deal to serve as the starting right fielder. They also re-signed Chase Utley during the season and came to terms on a three-year deal to bring back catcher Carlos Ruiz. They seem content to stand pat and make a run at .500 rather than rebuilding.

    Domonic Brown will be looking to prove last season's 23 home run, 67 RBI first half was no fluke, as a concussion and an Achilles injury limited him to just 44 games in the second half. Cody Asche opens the season as the starting third baseman, but it may not be long before top prospect Maikel Franco is pushing him for the job.

Washington Nationals

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    LF Bryce Harper
    LF Bryce HarperJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Denard SpanCF Denard Span
    RF Jayson WerthRF Jayson Werth
    LF Bryce HarperLF Bryce Harper
    3B Ryan Zimmerman3B Ryan Zimmerman
    1B Adam LaRoche1B Adam LaRoche
    SS Ian DesmondSS Ian Desmond
    2B Anthony Rendon2B Anthony Rendon
    C Wilson RamosC Wilson Ramos
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    A scuffling offense was the biggest reason for the Nationals' first-half struggles last season, but they turned it around in the second half, and all the pieces are there for them to have a plus attack in 2014. Keeping Bryce Harper healthy will be the key, as the team was 21-23 when he was not in the lineup last season.

    Anthony Rendon took over for Danny Espinosa at second base in June, and he could be in for a breakout season, as he has the benefit of entering the year with the everyday job in hand. Getting more than a .735 OPS and 20 home runs out of Adam LaRoche would be nice, while similar production from Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond would go a long way as well. 

Chicago Cubs

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    1B Anthony Rizzo
    1B Anthony RizzoRob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    SS Starlin CastroSS Starlin Castro
    LF Junior LakeLF Junior Lake
    1B Anthony Rizzo1B Anthony Rizzo
    RF Nate SchierholtzRF Justin Ruggiano
    3B Mike Olt3B Mike Olt
    CF Ryan SweeneyCF Ryan Sweeney
    C Welington CastilloC Welington Castillo
    2B Darwin Barney2B Darwin Barney
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    As the Cubs wait for prospects Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara to arrive in Chicago, they will be running a less-than-impressive offensive attack in 2014. Continued development from Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo will be the most important thing for the incumbent group.

    Luis Valbuena is penciled in as the starting third baseman right now, but Mike Olt will be given every chance to seize that job this spring. Whoever wins it will just be keeping it warm for Bryant, though. After winning AFL MVP, he could be up by midseason. Welington Castillo was one of the few bright spots in 2013, and he could emerge as one of the top catchers in the NL with another step forward offensively.

Cincinnati Reds

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    1B Joey Votto
    1B Joey VottoFrank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Billy HamiltonCF Billy Hamilton
    SS Zack CozartSS Zack Cozart
    1B Joey Votto1B Joey Votto
    2B Brandon Phillips2B Brandon Phillips
    RF Jay BruceRF Jay Bruce
    LF Ryan LudwickLF Ryan Ludwick
    3B Todd Frazier3B Todd Frazier
    C Devin MesoracoC Devin Mesoraco
    PitcherPitcher

     

    Lineup Overview

    The Reds will enter 2014 with essentially the same lineup they used last year, with the one glaring difference being the departure of Shin-Soo Choo in free agency. Replacing him in center field and in the leadoff spot is speedy prospect Billy Hamilton. While he has the wheels to be a dynamic table setter, it's hard to ignore his .308 OBP in Triple-A last season. That is a full 115 points below the .423 mark Choo posted last year.

    The other big change will be Devin Mesoraco taking over as the primary catcher. He split time with Ryan Hanigan last season, but with Hanigan traded to the Rays this offseason and Brayan Pena signed to be the backup, Mesoraco finally has a chance to show what he can do with extended playing time. The team will be hoping for a bounce-back season from Brandon Phillips, who is as important to the lineup as anyone, as he is sandwiched between their two best hitters, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    CF Carlos Gomez
    CF Carlos GomezBenny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Carlos GomezCF Carlos Gomez
    SS Jean SeguraSS Jean Segura
    RF Ryan BraunRF Ryan Braun
    3B Aramis Ramirez3B Aramis Ramirez
    C Jonathan LucroyC Jonathan Lucroy
    LF Khris DavisLF Khris Davis
    1B Juan Francisco1B Mark Reynolds
    2B Scooter Gennett2B Rickie Weeks
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    After leading the NL in runs scored in 2012, the Brewers offense took a big step back last year. With Corey Hart out for the entire season with knee problems, Aramis Ramirez managing just 92 games and Ryan Braun serving his suspension, the team's top three run producers combined for 87 RBI.

    In their absence, Carlos Gomez emerged as a legitimate star after a breakout 2012 season, and Jean Segura came out of nowhere to earn a trip to the All-Star Game in his first full season. They may have another breakout candidate on their hands this year in Khris Davis, who posted a .949 OPS with 10 doubles and 11 home runs in just 136 at-bats in 2013. The team will likely platoon at first and second base, and both pairs have a chance to be productive options.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    CF Andrew McCutchen
    CF Andrew McCutchenCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHP vs. LHP
    LF Starling Marte LF Starling Marte
    2B Neil Walker2B Neil Walker
    CF Andrew McCutchen CF Andrew McCutchen
    *1B Kendrys Morales*1B Kendrys Morales
    3B Pedro Alvarez3B Pedro Alvarez
    C Russell MartinC Russell Martin
    RF Jose Tabata RF Jose Tabata
    SS Jordy MercerSS Jordy Mercer
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    Lineup Overview

    After acquiring Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd in August last season to shore up their offense, the Pirates again enter the season looking weak at first base and in right field. Gaby Sanchez is a solid option at first base against left-handed pitching, but signing Kendrys Morales would give them a big bat in the middle of their lineup capable of driving in 100 runs.

    As for right field, Jose Tabata will hold things down until top prospect Gregory Polanco arrives, and that could come by midseason or sooner. A center fielder by trade, Polanco will join Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen in perhaps the best defensive outfield in baseball. If the team does not sign Morales, it looks like Andrew Lambo will be the left-handed side of a platoon with Sanchez, and that duo would likely hit fifth or sixth.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    C Yadier Molina
    C Yadier MolinaScott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    3B Matt Carpenter3B Matt Carpenter
    CF Peter BourjosCF Peter Bourjos
    LF Matt HollidayLF Matt Holliday
    RF Allen CraigRF Allen Craig 
    1B Matt AdamsC Yadier Molina
    C Yadier Molina1B Matt Adams
    SS Jhonny PeraltaSS Jhonny Peralta
    2B Kolten Wong2B Mark Ellis
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    Lineup Overview

    The Cardinals worked quickly to improve their production at shortstop, signing Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million deal on Nov. 24. The team's shortstops combined to hit just .222/.280/.303 with four home runs last season.

    They also dealt David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels for Peter Bourjos, who will take over as the primary center fielder but could still split time with Jon Jay. Trading Freese allowed the team to move Matt Carpenter to third base, opening up a spot at second for prospect Kolten Wong. The team then signed veteran Mark Ellis to a one-year deal as an insurance policy for Wong. Top prospect Oscar Taveras will likely be up at some point, which will likely mean a move back to first for Allen Craig and back to the bench for Matt Adams. 

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    1B Paul GoldschmidtMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Gerardo ParraCF A.J. Pollock
    3B Martin Prado3B Martin Prado
    1B Paul Goldschmidt1B Paul Goldschmidt
    LF Mark TrumboLF Mark Trumbo
    C Miguel MonteroC Miguel Montero
    2B Aaron Hill2B Aaron Hill
    RF Cody RossRF Cody Ross
    SS Didi GregoriusSS Didi Gregorius
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    Lineup Overview

    In need of a power bat to protect Paul Goldschmidt in the middle of the lineup, the Diamondbacks traded Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs in a three-team deal for Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo, who is coming off of a 34 home run, 100 RBI season.

    Ideally, the team would be able to slot the left-handed Miguel Montero between Goldschmidt and Trumbo, but he needs to prove himself first after a rough 2013 season. Beyond that addition, not much has changed for the Diamondbacks. There are once again four outfielders vying for playing time at three spots, and a healthy Cody Ross would be a welcome addition to the middle of the order as well. Prospect Chris Owings should push Didi Gregorius at shortstop this spring in one of the more interesting position battles to watch.

Colorado Rockies

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    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    SS Troy TulowitzkiRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF Corey DickersonLF Drew Stubbs
    RF Michael CuddyerRF Michael Cuddyer
    CF Carlos GonzalezCF Carlos Gonzalez
    SS Troy TulowitzkiSS Troy Tulowitzki
    1B Justin Morneau1B Justin Morneau
    C Wilin RosarioC Wilin Rosario
    3B Nolan Arenado3B Nolan Arenado
    2B DJ LeMahieu2B DJ LeMahieu
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    Lineup Overview

    For the first time since 1997, the Rockies will have someone new manning first base, as Justin Morneau was signed to replace the retired Todd Helton. The other big change to the team's lineup is the departure of Dexter Fowler, who was traded to the Houston Astros.

    With Fowler gone, Carlos Gonzalez will move to center field, and the likes of Corey Dickerson, Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon and Brandon Barnes will battle it out for time in left field. Second base also figures to be up in the air entering spring training, with Josh Rutledge and DJ LeMahieu both in the running for the everyday job. The key remains keeping Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the field, as both played less than 130 games last season. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    SS Hanley Ramirez
    SS Hanley RamirezChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    LF Carl CrawfordLF Carl Crawford
    RF Yasiel PuigRF Yasiel Puig
    SS Hanley RamirezSS Hanley Ramirez
    1B Adrian Gonzalez1B Adrian Gonzalez
    CF Matt KempCF Matt Kemp
    3B Juan Uribe3B Juan Uribe
    2B Alex Guerrero2B Alex Guerrero
    C A.J. EllisC A.J. Ellis
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    Lineup Overview

    Full seasons from Yasiel Puig (104 games) and Hanley Ramirez (86 games) should be enough to make the offensive attack significantly improved this coming season. The only real change comes at second base, where Cuban defector Alex Guerrero was signed to replace veteran Mark Ellis.

    The team still has four viable starting outfielders vying for three spots, with Andre Ethier looking like the odd man out at this point. They are also sorely lacking in infield depth, and with the Dodgers unsure of what to expect from Guerrero and which Juan Uribe will show up, that could be an issue. As long as they stay healthy, though, this should be among the most productive lineups in baseball.

San Diego Padres

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    2B Jedd Gyorko
    2B Jedd GyorkoChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    SS Everth CabreraSS Everth Cabrera
    CF Will VenableCF Will Venable
    3B Chase Headley3B Chase Headley
    LF Carlos QuentinLF Carlos Quentin
    1B Yonder Alonso2B Jedd Gyorko
    2B Jedd Gyorko1B Yonder Alonso
    RF Seth SmithRF Chris Denorfia
    C Nick HundleyC Nick Hundley
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    While they lack a true superstar, the Padres have quietly assembled a solid lineup, and there is room for improvement from a number of players. Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso in particular look to have bright futures ahead of them, and both could take a big step forward in 2014.

    What to do with Chase Headley remains the major question, as he is entering a contract year and coming off of a disappointing 2013 season. He could be traded in July if he regains some of his lost value, though an extension is not out of the question either. Will Venable was the story of the second half, hitting .315/.357/.549 with 11 home runs and 13 steals, and he will be looking to duplicate that success over a full season.

San Francisco Giants

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    C Buster Posey
    C Buster PoseyKelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    2014 Projected Lineup

    vs. RHPvs. LHP
    CF Angel PaganCF Angel Pagan
    2B Marco Scutaro2B Marco Scutaro
    1B Brandon Belt1B Brandon Belt
    C Buster PoseyC Buster Posey
    RF Hunter PenceRF Hunter Pence
    3B Pablo Sandoval3B Pablo Sandoval
    LF Michael MorseLF Michael Morse
    SS Brandon CrawfordSS Brandon Crawford
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    Lineup Overview

    With their starting pitching faltering last season, the Giants offense was unable to pick up the slack. They again struggled to consistently score runs, ranking 21st in the MLB with 629 on the season. Those struggles overshadowed a breakout season from Brandon Belt, who hit .289/.360/.481 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI.

    The team re-signed Hunter Pence long term and could do the same with Pablo Sandoval if he comes up with a big contract year. Michael Morse was signed as a bounce-back candidate, and he should add some needed pop in left field. The key to the offense will once again be Buster Posey, as he had a relatively quiet season in 2013 after winning the NL batting title and NL MVP honors in 2012.

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