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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training later this week, and among other things, that means it’s time for an updated version of our MLB power rankings.

    These rankings were last updated Jan. 16, so any transactions or injuries that have taken place between then and now factored into any changes in the rankings this time around. There was also some simply shifting of opinion on how one team stacks up to another.

    Notable additions and re-signings during that time include: SP Yu Darvish (CHC), LF Christian Yelich (MIL), CF Lorenzo Cain (MIL), 3B Todd Frazier (NYM), CF Austin Jackson (SF), CF Lewis Brinson (MIA), OF Randal Grichuk (TOR), RP Ryan Buchter (OAK), RP Seung Hwan Oh (TEX), RP Sergio Romo (TB), RP David Hernandez (CIN), SP Jesse Hahn (KC), RP Dominic Leone (STL), SS Alcides Escobar (KC), 1B Brandon Moss (OAK), IF Jose Reyes (NYM), C Andrew Susac (BAL).

    There’s still a TON of talent left on the free-agent market, though, so expect a lot more activity between now and Opening Day.

    As with any offseason power rankings, these are not simply meant to be predictions for the year ahead, but instead a look at how teams would stack up with the rosters they currently have if the season were to start today.

    Keep that in mind, as a lot can still change between now and Opening Day.


    Note: Players listed in bold on projected rosters indicate newcomers and italics indicate a player is not on the 40-man roster. An (R) next to a player indicates his rookie status is intact.

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    Nicholas Castellanos

    Nicholas CastellanosDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    After a 98-loss season last year and with an abundance of talented flipped for prospects since the trade deadline, the Detroit Tigers could be headed for their first 100-loss season since 2003.

    Big picture, the next few seasons won’t be about win-loss record, as they work to cultivate the young talent they’ve acquired while waiting out the contracts of guys like Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jordan Zimmermann.

    The two outfield spots alongside Nicholas Castellanos will both be up for grabs headed into spring training. Keep an eye on Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes, who finds himself in an ideal position to get a long look at the MLB level.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Leonys Martin RHP Michael Fulmer
    3B Jeimer Candelario LHP Matthew Boyd
    1B Miguel Cabrera RHP Mike Fiers
    DH Victor Martinez RHP Jordan Zimmermann
    RF Nick Castellanos LHP Daniel Norris
    C James McCann Bullpen
    LF Mikie Mahtook LHP Travis Wood
    2B Dixon Machado RHP Buck Farmer
    SS Jose Iglesias LHP Daniel Stumpf
    Bench RHP Joe Jimenez
    C John Hicks LHP Blaine Hardy
    IF/OF Alexi Amarista RHP Drew VerHagen
    OF Victor Reyes (R) RHP Alex Wilson
      RHP Shane Greene

    DL: None

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    Danny Duffy

    Danny DuffyNam Y. Huh/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    If the Kansas City Royals open the season with the starting lineup that’s projected below, they could legitimately have trouble averaging three runs per game this season.

    And considering they’ll be backing that offense with a starting rotation that is unchanged from the group that ranked 24th in the majors with a 4.89 ERA last year, all signs point to a battle with the Tigers to avoid the AL Central cellar.

    Deciding what to do with young infielder Raul Mondesi will be one storyline to watch this spring, as the decision to re-sign Alcides Escobar has clouded his immediate future.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    2B Whit Merrifield LHP Danny Duffy
    LF Alex Gordon RHP Ian Kennedy
    RF Jorge Bonifacio RHP Jason Hammel
    C Salvador Perez RHP Jake Junis
    DH Jorge Soler RHP Nathan Karns
    1B Cheslor Cuthbert Bullpen
    3B Hunter Dozier (R) RHP Jesse Hahn
    CF Paulo Orlando RHP Brad Keller (R)
    SS Alcides Escobar RHP Kevin McCarthy
    Bench RHP Burch Smith
    C Drew Butera LHP Brian Flynn
    IF Ryan Goins RHP Wily Peralta
    OF Billy Burns RHP Brandon Maurer
      RHP Kelvin Herrera

    DL: None

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    J.T. Realmuto

    J.T. RealmutoRich Schultz/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Since we last updated these rankings, the fire sale continued for the Miami Marlins as Christian Yelich was flipped to the Milwaukee Brewers for a package of prospects built around outfielder Lewis Brinson.

    The 23-year-old will be given every chance to win the starting center field job this spring, competing with fellow offseason prospect addition Magneuris Sierra and a handful of others.

    Catcher J.T. Realmuto is the most likely candidate to be traded if the team makes another move before the start of the season, while Starlin Castro, Dan Straily, Derek Dietrich and Brad Ziegler could all wind up dealt before the 2018 season comes to a close.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    C J.T. Realmuto RHP Dan Straily
    LF Martin Prado LHP Wei-Yin Chen
    2B Starlin Castro RHP Jose Urena
    1B Justin Bour LHP Dillon Peters (R)
    RF Derek Dietrich LHP Justin Nicolino
    CF Lewis Brinson (R) Bullpen
    3B Brian Anderson (R) RHP Elieser Hernandez (R)
    SS J.T. Riddle RHP Brett Graves (R)
    Bench RHP Nick Wittgren
    C Tomas Telis  RHP Junichi Tazawa
    1B Garrett Cooper (R) LHP Jarlin Garcia
    IF Miguel Rojas RHP Drew Steckenrider
    OF Scott Van Slyke RHP Kyle Barraclough
      RHP Brad Ziegler

    DL: None

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    Dinelson Lamet

    Dinelson LametOrlando Ramirez/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    While the San Diego Padres are still looking to the future and set for another season of rebuilding, they were better than most expected on their way to 71 wins a year ago and they should continue trending in the right direction this season.

    The starting rotation could surprise some people with young starters Dinelson Lamet and Luis Perdomo, veteran Clayton Richard and trade pickup Bryan Mitchell all capable of turning in solid seasons.

    With the team still in the mix to sign Eric Hosmer, it will be interesting to see what the rest of the offseason has in store, whether they get their guy, turn their attention elsewhere or simply stand pat.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Manuel Margot LHP Clayton Richard
    3B Chase Headley RHP Dinelson Lamet
    1B Wil Myers RHP Luis Perdomo
    LF Jose Pirela RHP Bryan Mitchell
    RF Hunter Renfroe RHP Tyson Ross
    SS Freddy Galvis Bullpen
    2B Carlos Asuaje RHP Jordan Lyles
    C Austin Hedges LHP Buddy Baumann
    Bench RHP Kazuhisa Makita (R)
    C Rocky Gale (R) LHP Jose Torres
    3B Christian Villanueva RHP Craig Stammen
    IF Cory Spangenberg RHP Kirby Yates
    OF Travis Jankowski LHP Brad Hand
    OF Matt Szczur  

    DL: RP Carter Capps

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    Jose Abreu

    Jose AbreuJose Juarez/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    With Carlos Rodon set to start the season on the disabled list, the Chicago White Sox figure to have a trio of young starters round out the rotation behind Miguel Gonzalez and James Shields.

    Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer are the front-runners for this three spot and all three will be looking to prove they belong on the staff for good with strong springs. Fulmer, in particular, is still looking to shake the consensus that he’ll inevitably wind up in the bullpen as a result of his high-effort delivery.

    With a pair of outfield spots undecided and a number of bullpen jobs up for grabs, this could be a spot for some of the market’s remaining mid-tier free agents on one-year deals, giving the White Sox some potential trade chips for the summer as they continue rebuilding.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    SS Tim Anderson RHP Miguel Gonzalez
    2B Yoan Moncada RHP James Shields
    1B Jose Abreu RHP Lucas Giolito
    RF Avisail Garcia RHP Reynaldo Lopez
    DH Nicky Delmonico RHP Carson Fulmer (R)
    C Welington Castillo Bullpen
    3B Yolmer Sanchez RHP Rob Scahill
    LF Leury Garcia LHP Xavier Cedeno
    CF Charlie Tilson RHP Danny Farquhar
    Bench LHP Luis Avilan
    C Omar Narvaez RHP Gregory Infante
    3B Matt Davidson RHP Juan Minaya
    IF/OF Tyler Saladino RHP Joakim Soria
    OF Willy Garcia  

    DL: SP Carlos Rodon, RP Nate Jones

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    Dylan Bundy

    Dylan BundyPatrick Semansky/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Baltimore Orioles seem set on not making the same mistake they did four years ago when they signed Ubaldo Jimenez to an ill-advised four-year pact in free agency.

    As a result, they’ll pick at the scraps of the free-agent market to round out a starting rotation that currently stands as the worst in all of baseball.

    Given that strategy and the strength of their own division, it’s hard to see any way they’re still on contention by midseason. That could mean upcoming free agents Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Zach Britton and Brad Brach all find themselves on the block.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    3B Tim Beckham RHP Dylan Bundy
    SS Manny Machado RHP Kevin Gausman
    2B Jonathan Schoop RHP Gabriel Ynoa
    CF Adam Jones RHP Miguel Castro
    1B Chris Davis RHP Mike Wright
    LF Trey Mancini Bullpen
    DH Mark Trumbo LHP Nestor Cortes (R)
    C Chance Sisco (R) RHP Jose Mesa (R)
    RF Austin Hays (R) LHP Donnie Hart
    Bench LHP Richard Bleier
    C Caleb Joseph RHP Darren O’Day
    IF Engelb Vielma (R) RHP Mychal Givens
    OF Joey Rickard RHP Brad Brach
    OF Anthony Santander (R)  

    DL: RP Zach Britton

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    Jameson Taillon

    Jameson TaillonMark Tenally/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    There’s no sense for the Pittsburgh Pirates to stop now after they pulled the trigger on trading Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole earlier this offseason.

    Josh Harrison makes the most sense as they next veteran to be on the move. His defensive versatility and reasonable contract give him broad appeal and moving him would clear a path once some of the team’s abundance of middle infield prospects proves ready.

    At this point, it looks like the Pirates will no be battling with the Cincinnati Reds to avoid the NL Central cellar, and those two teams are headed in opposite directions.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    2B Josh Harrison RHP Jameson Taillon
    LF Adam Frazier RHP Ivan Nova
    CF Starling Marte RHP Trevor Williams
    1B Josh Bell RHP Joe Musgrove
    RF Gregory Polanco RHP Chad Kuhl
    3B Colin Moran (R) Bullpen
    C Francisco Cervelli RHP Jordan Milbrath (R)
    SS Jordy Mercer RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (R)
    Bench RHP A.J. Schugel
    C Elias Diaz RHP George Kontos
    1B/3B David Freese RHP Michael Feliz
    IF/OF Sean Rodriguez RHP Daniel Hudson
    OF Jordan Luplow (R) LHP Felipe Rivero
    OF Daniel Nava  

    DL: RP Nick Burdi, 3B Jung Ho Kang (restricted list)

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    Jesse Winker

    Jesse WinkerJohn Minchillo/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    If a few things break right in the starting rotation, the Cincinnati Reds have a chance to be vastly improved from the group that won 68 games a year ago.

    Luis Castillo looks like a potential breakout candidate and Robert Stephenson finished the 2017 season strong, so those will be two guys to keep an eye on as major X-factors this spring.

    Perhaps the biggest decision facing this team in the short term will be what to do with Eugenio Suarez once top prospects Nick Senzel is ready to take over at third base. After he hit .321/.391/.514 last season and reached Double-A, that figures to be sooner than later, so don’t be surprised if Suarez is trying some new positions this spring.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Billy Hamilton RHP Anthony DeSclafani
    RF Jesse Winker (R) LHP Brandon Finnegan
    1B Joey Votto RHP Luis Castillo
    LF Adam Duvall RHP Homer Bailey
    3B Eugenio Suarez RHP Robert Stephenson
    2B Scooter Gennett Bullpen
    SS Jose Peraza LHP Amir Garrett
    C Tucker Barnhart RHP Kevin Shackelford
    Bench LHP Kyle Crockett
    C Devin Mesoraco RHP Jared Hughes
    IF Dilson Herrera RHP David Hernandez
    OF Phillip Ervin (R) LHP Wandy Peralta
    OF Scott Schebler RHP Michael Lorenzen
      RHP Raisel Iglesias

    DL: None

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    J.P. Crawford

    J.P. CrawfordChris O’Meara/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Another team that will only be as good as the starting rotation allow, the Philadelphia Phillies desperately need someone to step up and establish themselves as a long-term piece behind budding ace Aaron Nola.

    There is no shortage of options as Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez have both flashed intriguing potential in the past, while Ben Lively, Jake Thompson, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin, Ricardo Pinto and prospect Tom Eshelman will all be battling for a spot on the staff this spring.

    As for the lineup, paths have been cleared for J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro to finally seize everyday spots and unless they absolutely flop this spring, they should be penciled in on Opening Day.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    2B Cesar Hernandez RHP Aaron Nola
    CF Odubel Herrera RHP Jerad Eickhoff
    LF Rhys Hoskins RHP Vince Velasquez
    1B Carlos Santana RHP Ben Lively
    RF Nick Williams RHP Jake Thompson
    3B Maikel Franco Bullpen
    C Jorge Alfaro (R) RHP Mark Leiter
    SS J.P. Crawford (R) RHP Victor Arano (R)
    Bench RHP Edubray Ramos
    C Cameron Rupp LHP Adam Morgan
    1B Tommy Joseph RHP Luis Garcia
    IF/OF Pedro Florimon RHP Tommy Hunter
    OF Aaron Altherr RHP Pat Neshek
      RHP Hector Neris

    DL: None

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    Luiz Gohara

    Luiz GoharaTami Chappell/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Atlanta Braves have more top-tier pitching talent down on the farm than any team in baseball, it’s simply a matter of waiting to see how they develop.

    Luiz Gohara could be the first from that group to carve out a spot in the big league rotation, as he’ll be competing with fellow prospect Max Fried and veterans Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy for the final two spots in the rotation.

    That said, the biggest prospect storyline will be outfielder Ronald Acuna, who has a clear path to starting gig after the team moved Matt Kemp. He’ll likely head to Triple-A so the team can secure another year of arbitration, but an early promotion and a run at NL Rookie of the Year looks inevitable.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Ender Inciarte RHP Julio Teheran
    2B Ozzie Albies LHP Sean Newcomb
    1B Freddie Freeman RHP Mike Foltynewicz
    C Tyler Flowers LHP Luiz Gohara (R)
    LF Nick Markakis LHP Scott Kazmir
    RF Ronald Acuna (R) Bullpen
    SS Dansby Swanson RHP Brandon McCarthy
    3B Johan Camargo RHP Anyelo Gomez (R)
    Bench RHP Chase Whitley
    C Kurt Suzuki LHP Sam Freeman
    IF Charlie Culberson RHP Dan Winkler (R)
    OF Lane Adams LHP A.J. Minter (R)
    OF Preston Tucker RHP Jose Ramirez
      RHP Arodys Vizcaino

    DL: RP Grant Dayton

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    Matt Duffy

    Matt DuffyDavid Goldman/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Losing Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison from an offense that ranked 25th in the league in runs scored last season doesn’t bode well for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    However, they’ve always been a team that will go as far as the pitching staff allows, and the rotation has a chance to be a strength once again—provided Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi are both still on the roster come Opening Day.

    Prospects Brent Honeywell, Willy Adames and Jake Bauers will all have a chance to position themselves for an early call-up with a strong spring.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Kevin Kiermaier RHP Chris Archer
    3B Matt Duffy RHP Jake Odorizzi
    RF Steven Souza Jr. LHP Blake Snell
    DH Corey Dickerson RHP Jacob Faria
    C Wilson Ramos RHP Matt Andriese
    1B Brad Miller Bullpen
    LF Denard Span RHP Nathan Eovaldi
    2B Joey Wendle (R) LHP Jose Alvarado
    SS Adeiny Hechavarria RHP Chaz Roe
    Bench RHP Andrew Kittredge (R)
    C Jesus Sucre LHP Dan Jennings
    IF Daniel Robertson RHP Sergio Romo
    IF/OF Micah Johnson RHP Alex Colome
    OF Mallex Smith  

    DL: None

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    Paul Blackburn

    Paul BlackburnJeff Chiu/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Position battles abound for an Oakland Athletics team that has an outside chance to make a run at a winning record after going 75-87 a year ago.

    It will come down to whether the relatively anonymous stable of starting pitchers is up to the task, as the powerful lineup should score plenty of runs and the Blake Treinen-led bullpen has a chance to be a very good unit.

    Keep an eye on Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo—two prospects who came over from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade—as both could be in the mix for the starting center field job.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    SS Marcus Semien RHP Kendall Graveman
    LF Matt Joyce LHP Sean Manaea
    2B Jed Lowrie RHP Andrew Triggs
    DH Khris Davis RHP Daniel Mengden
    1B Matt Olson RHP Paul Blackburn
    RF Stephen Piscotty Bullpen
    3B Matt Chapman RHP Raul Alcantara
    CF Boog Powell RHP Emilio Pagan
    C Bruce Maxwell RHP Chris Hatcher
    Bench RHP Liam Hendriks
    C Josh Phegley RHP Yusmeiro Petit
    1B/OF Brandon Moss RHP Santiago Casilla
    IF/OF Chad Pinder LHP Ryan Buchter
      RHP Blake Treinen

    DL: None

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    Chris Stratton

    Chris StrattonMichael Owen Baker/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The San Francisco Giants are going to be a better team than the one we saw a year ago.

    Then again, that’s not exactly the boldest prediction, considering they lost 98 games with a roster than many expected to contend for a division title.

    Adding Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria and Austin Jackson moves the needle, but not enough for them to look like anything more than fringe contenders until a number of bounce-back candidates prove they’re capable of doing just that. 


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Andrew McCutchen LHP Madison Bumgarner
    2B Joe Panik RHP Johnny Cueto
    3B Evan Longoria RHP Jeff Samardzija
    C Buster Posey LHP Ty Blach
    1B Brandon Belt RHP Chris Stratton
    SS Brandon Crawford Bullpen
    RF Hunter Pence RHP Julian Fernandez (R)
    LF Jarrett Parker RHP Derek Law
    Bench LHP Steven Okert
    C Nick Hundley RHP Cory Gearrin
    3B Pablo Sandoval RHP Hunter Strickland
    IF Kelby Tomlinson RHP Sam Dyson
    OF Gorkys Hernandez RHP Mark Melancon
    OF Mac Williamson  

    DL: RP Will Smith

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    James Paxton

    James PaxtonTed S. Warren/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    It’s been asked more than once this offseason: Are the Seattle Mariners going to add a starting pitcher?

    The rotation looked to be far and away the biggest weakness on the roster heading into the offseason, and despite another busy winter from general manager Jerry Dipoto, they’ve ye to make a significant addition to the starting staff.

    For a franchise that is desperate to snap a postseason drought that stretches back to 2001, there’s too much talent on this roster not to make a concerted effort to shore up the rotation. They look like fringe wild-card contenders right now, and the fourth-best team in their own division.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Dee Gordon LHP James Paxton
    SS Jean Segura RHP Felix Hernandez
    2B Robinson Cano RHP Mike Leake
    DH Nelson Cruz RHP Erasmo Ramirez
    3B Kyle Seager LHP Marco Gonzales
    RF Mitch Haniger Bullpen
    1B Ryon Healy RHP Shawn Armstrong
    C Mike Zunino LHP Marc Rzepczynski
    LF Ben Gamel RHP David Phelps
    Bench LHP James Pazos
    C Mike Marjama RHP Nick Vincent
    IF/OF Taylor Motter RHP Juan Nicasio
    IF/OF Andrew Romine RHP Edwin Diaz
    OF Guillermo Heredia  

    DL: None

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    Josh Donaldson

    Josh DonaldsonGail Burton/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    By adding Curtis Granderson, Randal Grichuk, Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz the Toronto Blue Jays have better positioned themselves to make one last run with the current core, and they’ve done it without altering the club’s future plans.

    It’s easy to forget that a rotation led by the same four starters was one of the best in baseball two years ago, and if J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez can stay healthy, it has a chance to be a major strength once again.

    Sorting out the No. 5 starter spot looks like the biggest decision of the spring and left-hander Ryan Borucki could be the answer he went 8-8 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 150.1 innings while climbing three levels to Triple-A.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    LF Curtis Granderson RHP Marcus Stroman
    3B Josh Donaldson LHP J.A. Happ
    1B Justin Smoak RHP Marco Estrada
    DH Kendrys Morales RHP Aaron Sanchez
    SS Troy Tulowitzki LHP Ryan Borucki (R)
    2B Yangervis Solarte Bullpen
    RF Randal Grichuk RHP Carlos Ramirez (R)
    CF Kevin Pillar LHP Matt Dermody
    C Russell Martin RHP Danny Barnes
    Bench LHP Aaron Loup
    C Luke Maile RHP Joe Biagini
    IF Aledmys Diaz RHP Ryan Tepera
    IF/OF Steve Pearce RHP Roberto Osuna
    OF Ezequiel Carrera  

    DL: 2B Devon Travis

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    Ervin Santana

    Ervin SantanaKathy Willens/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Minnesota Twins were dealt a pair of significant blows last season.

    First, veteran Ervin Santana was lost for 10-to-12 weeks following surgery on his right middle finger, leaving his status for Opening Day in doubt.

    That was followed by news that the Chicago Cubs signed Yu Darvish on Sunday. The Twins have made it clear that Darvish was their No. 1 target all offseason, and now they’ll need to quickly shift gears in their search for starting pitching help.

    The young offensive core has significant upside and Jose Berrios is capable of taking another step forward atop the staff, but until they shore up the rotation, it’s hard to see them reaching the 85 wins they posted in 2017.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    2B Brian Dozier RHP Jose Berrios
    1B Joe Mauer RHP Kyle Gibson
    DH Miguel Sano LHP Adalberto Mejia
    LF Eddie Rosario RHP Tyler Duffey
    SS Jorge Polanco RHP Aaron Slegers (R)
    RF Max Kepler Bullpen
    CF Byron Buxton RHP Tyler Kinley (R)
    3B Eduardo Escobar LHP Zach Duke
    C Jason Castro RHP Ryan Pressly
    Bench LHP Taylor Rogers
    C Mitch Garver (R) RHP Trevor Hildenberger
    1B Kennys Vargas RHP Addison Reed
    IF/OF Ehire Adrianza RHP Fernando Rodney
    OF Robbie Grossman  

    DL: SP Ervin Santana, SP Michael Pineda, SP Phil Hughes, RP Trevor May

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    Noah Syndergaard

    Noah SyndergaardAdam Hunger/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Only one pitcher on the New York Mets staff—Jacob deGrom—topped 120 innings last season.

    So what has the front office done on the pitching side of things this offseason?

    Added veteran reliever Anthony Swarzak and nothing else.

    Putting all your eggs in the same basket that broke and left you with a splattered, 92-loss mess a year ago is a recipe for disaster.

    At the same time, it’s hard to see things going any worse for this team from a luck standpoint, and there’s undeniable talent on the roster, so the middle of the pack here at No. 14 seems about right.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Brandon Nimmo RHP Jacob deGrom
    2B Asdrubal Cabrera RHP Noah Syndergaard
    LF Yoenis Cespedes RHP Matt Harvey
    RF Jay Bruce RHP Zack Wheeler
    3B Todd Frazier RHP Robert Gsellman
    1B Adrian Gonzalez Bullpen
    C Travis d’Arnaud RHP Seth Lugo
    SS Amed Rosario RHP Rafael Montero
    Bench RHP Paul Sewald
    C Kevin Plawecki LHP Jerry Blevins
    IF Wilmer Flores RHP Anthony Swarzak
    IF Jose Reyes RHP A.J. Ramos
    OF Juan Lagares RHP Jeurys Familia

    DL: OF Michael Conforto, SP Steven Matz, 3B David Wright, IF T.J. Rivera

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    Willie Calhoun

    Willie CalhounTony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    Let the great, six-man rotation experiment begin!

    With Martin Perez sidelined to start the season, there’s a good chance non-roster invitee Bartolo Colon will be given every chance to break camp as the No. 6 starter for the Texas Rangers.

    While a six-man staff might not make sense for a lot of teams, they look to be in a perfect position to give it a try. They have two converted relievers (Mike Minor and Matt Bush), a bounce-back candidate (Matt Moore), two capable veterans who will benefit from additional rest (Doug Fister and Colon) and an aging ace (Cole Hamels) who failed to reach 150 innings for the first time since 2006.

    The battle for DH at-bats between prospects Willie Calhoun and Ronald Guzman will also be fun to watch this spring and both players have a chance to make an impact.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Delino DeShields Jr. LHP Cole Hamels
    RF Shin-Soo Choo LHP Matt Moore
    SS Elvis Andrus RHP Doug Fister
    3B Adrian Beltre LHP Mike Minor
    LF Nomar Mazara RHP Matt Bush
    1B Joey Gallo RHP Bartolo Colon
    C Robinson Chirinos Bullpen
    2B Rougned Odor RHP Chris Martin
    DH Willie Calhoun (R) RHP Tony Barnette
    Bench RHP Jose Leclerc
    C Juan Centeno RHP Seung Hwan Oh
    IF/OF Jurickson Profar LHP Jake Diekman
    IF/OF Ryan Rua RHP Keone Kela
      LHP Alex Claudio

    DL: SP Martin Perez

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    Brent Suter

    Brent SuterGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    There’s no question the Milwaukee Brewers improved with the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to what was already a potent lineup.

    However, it’s hard to see them legitimately contending with the top dogs in the National League with a rotation that’s fronted by Chase Anderson, Zach Davies and eventually Jimmy Nelson.

    Now that Yu Darvish is off the board, things may finally get moving on the Jake Arrieta market, and the former Cy Young winner could truly be the missing piece for the Brew Crew.

    While it might be hard to see them contending for a title without a significant addition to the starting staff, this is still a legitimate wild-card contender with their current roster.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    LF Christian Yelich RHP Chase Anderson
    CF Lorenzo Cain RHP Zach Davies
    3B Travis Shaw RHP Jhoulys Chacin
    RF Ryan Braun RHP Yovani Gallardo
    1B Eric Thames LHP Brent Suter
    SS Orlando Arcia Bullpen
    C Stephen Vogt RHP Oliver Drake
    2B Jonathan Villar RHP Jeremy Jeffress
    Bench LHP Boone Logan
    C Manny Pina RHP Matt Albers
    1B Jesus Aguilar RHP Jacob Barnes
    IF/OF Hernan Perez LHP Josh Hader
    IF/OF Eric Sogard RHP Corey Knebel
    OF Domingo Santana  

    DL: SP Jimmy Nelson

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    Ryan McMahon

    Ryan McMahonWilfredo Lee/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    A strong bullpen and viable starting pitching depth.

    That’s two things the Colorado Rockies have rarely had since their inception as a franchise and it’s their ticket to building off an 87-win season and a trip to the Wild Card Game a year ago. 

    Ace Jon Gray, along with Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson look like locks for the rotation, leaving German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman to compete for the final two spots on the staff.

    The other big spring decision will be whether prospect Ryan McMahon is the answer at first base. That said, don’t be surprised if Mark Reynolds eventually returns on another one-year deal.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Charlie Blackmon RHP Jon Gray
    2B DJ LeMahieu RHP Chad Bettis
    3B Nolan Arenado LHP Tyler Anderson
    RF Gerardo Parra RHP German Marquez
    SS Trevor Story LHP Kyle Freeland
    1B Ryan McMahon (R) Bullpen
    LF Ian Desmond RHP Antonio Senzatela
    C Chris Iannetta LHP Chris Rusin
    Bench RHP Scott Oberg
    C Tony Wolters LHP Mike Dunn
    IF/OF Pat Valaika RHP Adam Ottavino
    OF Raimel Tapia RHP Bryan Shaw
    OF Mike Tauchman (R) LHP Jake McGee
      RHP Wade Davis

    DL: None

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    Drew Pomeranz

    Drew PomeranzPatrick Semansky/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    At some point, the Boston Red Sox are going to do something, right?

    The team has not made a single addition to the 40-man roster this offseason, as re-signing first baseman Mitch Moreland has been their biggest move to date.

    Slugger J.D. Martinez remains the top free-agent target, but there were varying reports last week that he might be “fed up” with the team’s unwillingness to negotiate from its original five-year, $125 million offer.

    Logan Morrison would be a cheaper alternative to adding some pop to the lineup, albeit a clear step down from Martinez.

    A lack of starting pitching depth and the matter of filling the second base spot until Dustin Pedroia returns to action are also areas that will need to be addressed for a team that won 93 games and a division title last year.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    SS Xander Bogaerts LHP Chris Sale
    LF Andrew Benintendi LHP David Price
    RF Mookie Betts RHP Rick Porcello
    DH Hanley Ramirez LHP Drew Pomeranz
    3B Rafael Devers RHP Steven Wright
    1B Mitch Moreland Bullpen
    CF Jackie Bradley Jr. RHP Heath Hembree
    C Christian Vazquez LHP Brian Johnson
    2B Esteban Quiroz (R) RHP Joe Kelly
    Bench RHP Carson Smith
    C Sandy Leon RHP Tyler Thornburg
    IF Deven Marrero RHP Matt Barnes
    IF/OF Brock Holt RHP Craig Kimbrel
    OF Bryce Brentz (R)  

    DL: 2B Dustin Pedroia, SP Eduardo Rodriguez

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    Luke Weaver

    Luke WeaverGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    It looks like Luke Gregerson and Dominic Leone will be the extent of the St. Louis Cardinals additions to the relief corps.

    Will that be good enough to allow them to keep pace with the rival Cubs in the NL Central?

    There’s no question the offense is improved with the addition of Marcell Ozuna and the starting rotation should again be a strength, even with Lance Lynn departing in free agency.

    A healthy Alex Reyes would be one of the biggest X-factors in all of baseball, even if he’s deployed exclusively as a reliever this season in an effort to limit his innings and ease him back into things on the heels of Tommy John surgery.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    1B Matt Carpenter RHP Carlos Martinez
    CF Tommy Pham RHP Michael Wacha
    LF Marcell Ozuna RHP Adam Wainwright
    RF Dexter Fowler RHP Luke Weaver
    SS Paul DeJong RHP Miles Mikolas
    C Yadier Molina Bullpen
    3B Jedd Gyorko RHP John Brebbia
    2B Kolten Wong RHP Sam Tuivailala
    Bench LHP Brett Cecil
    C Carson Kelly (R) RHP Matt Bowman
    1B Luke Voit RHP Dominic Leone
    1B/OF Jose Martinez LHP Tyler Lyons
    IF Greg Garcia RHP Luke Gregerson
    OF Harrison Bader (R)  

    DL: SP Alex Reyes

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    Shohei Ohtani

    Shohei OhtaniJae C. Hong/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    This is admittedly a bullish ranking for the Los Angeles Angels considering they won 80 games last season and have failed to reach the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons.

    It’s just tough to ignore how improved their roster looks heading into 2018.

    The additions of Shohei Ohtani, Zack Cozart and Ian Kinsleralong with a full season of Justin Upton—are obvious improvements.

    It’s a healthy starting rotation that deserves equal attention.

    Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker and Tyler Skaggs are all capable of being above-average or better rotation options and they combined for just 36 starts a year ago. 


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    2B Ian Kinsler RHP Garrett Richards
    CF Mike Trout RHP Shohei Ohtani (R)
    LF Justin Upton LHP Tyler Skaggs
    DH Albert Pujols RHP Matt Shoemaker
    RF Kole Calhoun RHP JC Ramirez
    3B Zack Cozart Bullpen
    SS Andrelton Simmons RHP Luke Bard (R)
    1B C.J. Cron RHP Blake Wood
    C Martin Maldonado LHP Jose Alvarez
    Bench RHP Keynan Middleton
    C Rene Rivera RHP Jim Johnson
    IF Luis Valbuena RHP Cam Bedrosian
    IF/OF Jefry Marte RHP Blake Parker
    OF Eric Young Jr.  

    DL: SP Alex Meyer

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    Yasmany Tomas

    Yasmany TomasLynne Sladky/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Arizona Diamondbacks went from 69 wins in 2016 to 93 wins last season and it will be interesting to see where they land this year.

    Based simply on their on-paper talent, this looks like a team that should be able to duplicate last year’s success.

    The starting rotation is rock solid top-to-bottom, the offense was plenty potent before J.D. Martinez was acquired last year and the bullpen could actually be improved with Brad Boxberger and Yoshihisa Hirano in and Fernando Rodney out.

    They might not be able to bridge the gap to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but another 90-win season and a return trip to the Wild Card Game is well within reach.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    RF David Peralta RHP Zack Greinke
    CF A.J. Pollock LHP Robbie Ray
    1B Paul Goldschmidt RHP Taijuan Walker
    3B Jake Lamb RHP Zack Godley
    LF Yasmany Tomas LHP Patrick Corbin
    C Alex Avila Bullpen
    2B Chris Owings RHP Albert Suarez
    SS Ketel Marte LHP T.J. McFarland
    Bench RHP Randall Delgado
    C Jeff Mathis LHP Andrew Chafin
    C/OF Chris Herrmann RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (R)
    IF/OF Daniel Descalso RHP Brad Boxberger
    IF/OF Brandon Drury RHP Archie Bradley
    OF Socrates Brito (R)  

    DL: SP Shelby Miller

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    Danny Salazar

    Danny SalazarChris Carlson/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Cleveland Indians lost two key cogs from their recent run of success—first baseman Carlos Santana and workhorse reliever Bryan Shaw.

    Free agent Yonder Alonso will replace Santana and the hope is that he’ll land somewhere between his huge first half and dismal second half numbers.

    As for the bullpen, incumbent Nick Goody will likely be asked to step into a higher-leverage role to replace Shaw after he posted a 2.80 ERA and 11.9 K/9 with six holds in 56 games last year.

    The Tribe should run away with the AL Central once again after winning the division by 17 games over the Twins, and anything short of a trip to the World Series will be a disappointing result.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    SS Francisco Lindor RHP Corey Kluber
    2B Jason Kipnis RHP Carlos Carrasco
    3B Jose Ramirez RHP Trevor Bauer
    DH Edwin Encarnacion RHP Danny Salazar
    LF Michael Brantley RHP Josh Tomlin
    1B Yonder Alonso Bullpen
    RF Lonnie Chisenhall LHP Ryan Merritt (R)
    CF Bradley Zimmer RHP Zach McAllister
    C Roberto Perez RHP Dan Otero
    Bench LHP Tyler Olson
    C Yan Gomes RHP Nick Goody
    3B Giovanny Urshela LHP Andrew Miller
    IF Erik Gonzalez RHP Cody Allen
    OF Brandon Guyer  

    DL: SP Cody Anderson

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    Luis Severino

    Luis SeverinoBill Kostroun/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The New York Yankees are now the team to beat in the AL East and they fit right alongside the Indians as the leading contenders to dethrone the Houston Astros for AL supremacy.

    Sorting out second and third base will be one of the biggest storylines of spring training, in part because top prospect Gleyber Torres could be the answer at one of those spots.

    Along with the high-profile addition of Giancarlo Stanton, a full season of Greg Bird at 100 percent health could also be a huge addition to an already potent offense.

    The Red Sox still have work to do this offseason, but they’ll be chasing the Yankees regardless of what additions they make.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    LF Brett Gardner RHP Luis Severino
    RF Aaron Judge RHP Masahiro Tanaka
    DH Giancarlo Stanton RHP Sonny Gray
    SS Didi Gregorius LHP CC Sabathia
    C Gary Sanchez LHP Jordan Montgomery
    1B Greg Bird Bullpen
    CF Aaron Hicks RHP Adam Warren
    3B Miguel Andujar (R) RHP Chad Green
    2B Ronald Torreyes LHP Chasen Shreve
    Bench RHP Tommy Kahnle
    C Austin Romine RHP David Robertson
    1B/OF Tyler Austin RHP Dellin Betances
    IF Tyler Wade (R) LHP Aroldis Chapman
    OF Jacoby Ellsbury  

    DL: None

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    Adam Eaton

    Adam EatonDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    It’s a make-or-break year for the Washington Nationals.

    There’s no glaring hole on the roster and there’s a clear sense of desperation hanging over the franchise after another disappointing NLDS exit and with Bryce Harper staring down free agency.

    A changing of the guard is coming for this organization one way or another, and winning a World Series title in 2018 would go a long way toward smoothing that transition.

    At this time a year ago, there were major questions about the relief corps that ended up being completely justified. Now, the bullpen looks like an area of strength and this team looks poised to make a push for 100-plus wins and a deep playoff run. 


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    SS Trea Turner RHP Max Scherzer
    LF Adam Eaton RHP Stephen Strasburg
    RF Bryce Harper LHP Gio Gonzalez
    1B Ryan Zimmerman RHP Tanner Roark
    2B Daniel Murphy RHP A.J. Cole
    3B Anthony Rendon Bullpen
    C Matt Wieters RHP Koda Glover
    CF Michael Taylor LHP Matt Grace
    Bench RHP Shawn Kelley
    C Pedro Severino LHP Enny Romero
    1B Matt Adams RHP Ryan Madson
    IF/OF Wilmer Difo RHP Brandon Kintzler
    IF/OF Howie Kendrick LHP Sean Doolittle
    OF Brian Goodwin  

    DL: SP Joe Ross

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    Alex Wood

    Alex WoodAlex Gallardo/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The extent of the Los Angeles Dodgers offseason has essentially been swapping out relievers Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson for Tom Koehler and Scott Alexander.

    That’s a far cry from last offseason when the front office dropped some serious money to re-sign Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill.

    Big picture, this team didn’t need a splashy winter.

    The lineup has a chance to be one of the best in baseball once again, the starting rotation is a clear strength, the bullpen has been addressed and there’s more homegrown help on the way as Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo could both make an impact in 2018.

    It would be an upset if they don’t make it six straight NL West titles in 2018.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF Chris Taylor LHP Clayton Kershaw
    SS Corey Seager LHP Rich Hill
    3B Justin Turner RHP Kenta Maeda
    1B Cody Bellinger LHP Alex Wood
    RF Yasiel Puig LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    LF Joc Pederson Bullpen
    C Austin Barnes RHP Ross Stripling
    2B Logan Forsythe LHP Adam Liberatore
    Bench RHP Tom Koehler
    C Yasmani Grandal LHP Tony Cingrani
    IF/OF Kike Hernandez RHP Josh Fields
    OF Matt Kemp LHP Scott Alexander
    OF Trayce Thompson RHP Pedro Baez
       RHP Kenley Jansen

    DL: SP Julio Urias

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    Kyle Schwarber

    Kyle SchwarberJim Young/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    And just like that, the Chicago Cubs are once again the NL favorites.

    After weeks of hand-wringing, the front office finally gave Yu Darvish that sixth year, as he joins an already talented starting rotation on a six-year, $126 million deal that could be worth $150 million with incentives.

    Richard Justice of wrote of the signing: “The Cubs have positioned themselves to win a third straight division championship, regardless of how the Brewers and Cardinals respond. The Cubs’ window of opportunity will not remain open forever. But as long as it is open, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein intend to give their guys every chance to win another World Series championship. In the end, that’s what this day signified.”

    Figuring out the closer’s role and deciding who bats leadoff headline the spring to-do list and this team is not without flaw, but it’s hard to view them as anything but World Series contenders.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    LF Kyle Schwarber LHP Jon Lester
    3B Kris Bryant RHP Yu Darvish
    1B Anthony Rizzo RHP Kyle Hendricks
    C Willson Contreras LHP Jose Quintana
    SS Addison Russell RHP Tyler Chatwood
    RF Jason Heyward Bullpen
    CF Albert Almora Jr. LHP Mike Montgomery
    2B Javier Baez RHP Justin Grimm
    Bench LHP Brian Duensing
    C Chris Gimenez LHP Justin Wilson
    IF Tommy La Stella RHP Steve Cishek
    IF/OF Ian Happ RHP Pedro Strop
    IF/OF Ben Zobrist RHP Carl Edwards Jr.
      RHP Brandon Morrow

    DL: SP Drew Smyly

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    Brad Peacock

    Brad PeacockRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Spring Outlook

    The Yu Darvish signing was enough to bump the Cubs up to the No. 2 spot and it certainly closes the gap, but the Houston Astros are still the team to beat in 2018.

    Not only are they the defending champs, but they’ll have a full season of Justin Verlander and offseason pickup Gerrit Cole in what could be the best starting rotation in baseball.

    The offense remains an absolute juggernaut and the bullpen will benefit greatly from having ousted starters Brad Peacock and Collin McHugh as regular contributors.

    Closer Ken Giles will need to pitch up to his potential, but there’s enough depth behind him that the team will be fine even if he falters in the ninth.

    Long story short, it’s hard to poke holes in what looks like the deepest and most talented roster in all of baseball.

    Repeating as World Series champion is incredibly difficult, but the Astros have the goods.


    Projected Opening Day Roster (as of Feb. 11)

    Starting Lineup Starting Rotation
    CF George Springer RHP Justin Verlander
    3B Alex Bregman LHP Dallas Keuchel
    2B Jose Altuve RHP Gerrit Cole
    SS Carlos Correa  RHP Charlie Morton
    DH Marwin Gonzalez RHP Lance McCullers Jr.
    1B Yuli Gurriel Bullpen
    RF Josh Reddick RHP Brad Peacock
    DH Evan Gattis RHP Collin McHugh
    C Brian McCann LHP Tony Sipp
    Bench RHP Hector Rondon
    C Max Stassi RHP Will Harris
    IF Tyler White RHP Joe Smith
    OF Jake Marisnick RHP Chris Devenski
       RHP Ken Giles

    DL: RP Jandel Gustave


    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.

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