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Who Won Baseball’s Offseason?
As Spring Training Kicks In, We Count Every Team’s Hot Stove Deals—and Rate Them; Cleaning Up in BaltimoreBy SCOTT CACCIOLA AND JARED DIAMOND
During the typical baseball offseason, more than 100 players change cities, sparking a complicated dance that generates endless debate about who cleaned up and who flopped.

To be included in their team’s ranking, players had to have pitched at least 40 innings or played 50 games last season. The numbers don’t include players who signed extensions or prospects who are expected to play significant roles.The Wall Street Journal examined every transaction made this winter and ranked each major-league team by the volume of moves it made and the net quality of the players it ended up with. The quality numbers are based on projected 2011 Wins Above Replacement, a statistic baseball wonks use to determine a player’s value compared to an average Triple-A scrub (Each team’s net WAR as well as each player’s projected value is listed in parentheses).

1. Baltimore Orioles (9.0)

Key acquisitions: 1B Derrek Lee (3.5), SS J.J. Hardy (2.9), 3B Mark Reynolds (2.4), RF Vladimir Guerrero (2.0)Key loss: SP Kevin Millwood (1.9) Outlook: While other teams made bigger splashes, the Orioles quietly reinvented their infield. The changes should help them do much better than 66-96.

2. Milwaukee Brewers (5.3)

Key acquisitions: SP Zack Greinke (5.2), SP Shaun Marcum (1.5), RP Takashi Saito (1.10) Key loss: C Gregg Zaun (1.0) Outlook: Greinke and Marcum make the Brewers a legitimate playoff contender—unless they decide to trade Prince Fielder.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (4.4)

Key acquisitions: OF Lance Berkman (4.3), SS Ryan Theriot (1.8) Key losses: OF Randy Winn (2.0), IF Brendan Ryan (1.3) Outlook: News that Adam Wainwright may miss the season derailed a nice winter. Let the Carpenter-to-Yankees rumors fly.

4. Washington Nationals (3.8)

Key acquisitions: OF Jayson Werth (5.0), 1B Adam LaRoche (2.1) Key losses: OF Josh Willingham (2.7), 1B Adam Dunn (2.1) Outlook: The Nationals made serious offseason noise for the first time since moving inside the Beltway.

4. Oakland Athletics (3.8)

Key acquisitions: OF David DeJesus (2.8), LF Josh Willingham (2.7), LF/DH Hideki Matsui (1.8) Key losses: DH/OF Jack Cust (1.8), CF Rajai Davis (1.6) Outlook: The A’s upgraded their outfield without damaging one of the game’s top pitching staffs.

6. Cleveland Indians (2.6)

Key acquisition: SS Orlando Cabrera (1.9) Key losses: NoneOutlook: The Indians fared well because they didn’t lose anyone—then again, they didn’t have much to lose.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (1.8)

Key acquisitions: 1B Lyle Overbay (2.0), SP Kevin Correia (0.8)Key losses: Zach Duke (1.3), Lastings Milledge (0.5) Outlook:The Pirates addition of Overbay helps them, but it’s too little, too late.

8. Boston Red Sox (1.8)

Key acquisitions: 1B Adrian Gonzalez (5.2), LF Carl Crawford (5.0) Key losses: 3B Adrian Beltre (4.5), C Victor Martinez (3.0)Outlook: Boston spent lavishly to piece together one of the modern era’s most dynamic top-to-bottom batting orders.

9. Chicago Cubs (1.8)

Key acquisitions: 1B Carlos Pena (2.6), SP Matt Garza (2.1), RP Kerry Wood (0.8) Key losses: 1B Derrek Lee (3.5) Outlook: The Cubs may have gotten the most bang for their buck with Garza and Pena.

10. Seattle Mariners (1.3)

Key acquisitions: C Miguel Olivo (2.1), IF Adam Kennedy (1.4)Key losses: 1B Russell Branyan (2.0), IF Jose Lopez (1.9)Outlook: Nothing against the newcomers, but the Mariners probably needed to do more.

11. Houston Astros (0.49)

Key acquisition: SS Clint Barmes (1.3) Key losses: NoneOutlook: The Astros more or less punted this offseason.

12. New York Mets (0.4)

Key acquisition: OF Scott Hairston (1.5) Key loss: 1B Fernando Tatis (1.2) Outlook: The Mets made a lot of teensy moves that kept them in the middle of the pack.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (0.2)

Key acquisitions: 1B Russell Branyan (2.0), SP Zach Duke (1.3)Key losses: 3B Mark Reynolds (2.4), 1B Adam LaRoche (2.1) Outlook: Arizona will no doubt miss Reynolds and LaRoche’s 57 combined homers.

14. L.A. Dodgers (0.1)

Key acquisitions: SP Jon Garland (1.4), 2B Juan Uribe (2.1) Key loss: C Russell Martin (2.9) Outlook: A case of quantity over quality. The Dodgers’ nine additions probably won’t help them improve on a sub-.500 season.

15. Detroit Tigers (-0.6)

Key acquisition: C Victor Martinez (3.0) Key loss: LF Johnny Damon (3.0) Outlook: The Tigers made few moves, but Martinez’s offsets losing Damon.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (-0.8)

Key acquisition: SP Cliff Lee (5.6) Key loss: OF Jayson Werth (5.0) Outlook: The Phillies scored a coup by signing Lee, but gave up nearly as much by parting company with Werth.

16. San Francisco Giants (-0.8)

Key acquisition: SS Miguel Tejada (2.4) Key losses: 3B Juan Uribe (2.0), SS Edgar Renteria (1.0) Outlook:The Giants apparently spent the offseason recovering from the effects of all that World Series bubbly.

18. Florida Marlins (-1.1)

Key acquisitions: SP Javier Vazquez (3.0), 2B Omar Infante (1.6) Key loss: 2B Dan Uggla (4.2) Outlook: The Marlins are banking on Vazquez being better in the NL (4.02 career ERA) than in the AL (4.65 career ERA).

19. Los Angeles Angels (-2.4)

Key acquisition: CF Vernon Wells (1.8) Key losses: C Mike Napoli (2.7), LF/DH Hideki Matsui (1.8) Outlook:After whiffing on some free-agents, the Angels struck a deal with the Blue Jays for Wells, whose $23-million salary scared most clubs.

20. Atlanta Braves (-2.6)

Key acquisition: 2B Dan Uggla (4.2) Key loss: 1B Troy Glaus (1.9), Outlook: The Braves added some pop up the middle by trading for Uggla, who hit 33 home runs for the Marlins last season.

21. Texas Rangers (-2.7)

Key acquisitions: 3B Adrian Beltre (4.5), C Mike Napoli (2.7) Key losses: SP Cliff Lee (5.6), RF Vladimir Guerrero (2.0), C Bengie Molina (1.8), SP Rich Harden (1.5) Outlook: The American League champs added a nice piece in Napoli. Too bad he can’t throw an 88-mph cut fastball.

22. Colorado Rockies (-3.0)

Key acquisition: IF Jose Lopez (1.9) Key loss: C Miguel Olivo (2.1) Outlook: Colorado didn’t bring in many players this offseason (That’s what happens when you spend $120 million on Troy Tulowitzki).

23. Chicago White Sox (-3.3)

Key acquisition: LF/1B Adam Dunn (2.1) Key loss: OF/DH Manny Ramirez (3.5) Outlook: Chicago also lost Freddy Garcia, Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz. But some AL Central foes had bigger talent drains (see: Twins).

24. Cincinnati Reds (-3.9)

Key acquisitions: None. Key losses: SS Orlando Cabrera (1.9), SP Aaron Harang (1.7) Outlook: Don’t panic: this surprise playoff team still has the reigning league MVP and a solid rotation.

25. Toronto Blue Jays (-4.9)

Key acquisitions: CF Rajai Davis (1.6) Key losses: 1B Lyle Overbay (2.0), CF Vernon Wells (1.88) Outlook: The Blue Jays have come to resemble a sort of desperate fantasy team, piling up speed and former closers.

26. New York Yankees (-6.4)

Key acquisitions: C Russell Martin (2.9), RP Rafael Soriano (1.0) Key losses: OF/1B Lance Berkman (4.3), SP Javier Vazquez (3.0), SP Andy Pettitte (2.8) Outlook: The Yankees didn’t address their need for starting pitching, but they’re still nicely stocked.

27. Kansas City Royals (-6.5)

Key acquisitions: None. Key losses: SP Zack Greinke (5.2), OF David DeJesus (2.8) Outlook: The loss of Greinke alone makes this a massive debacle.

27. San Diego Padres (-6.5)

Key acquisitions: 2B Orlando Hudson (2.5), SS Jason Bartlett (2.5) Key losses: 1B Adrian Gonzalez (5.2), 3B Miguel Tejada (2.4), IF Jerry Hairston (1.8) Outlook: There’s no way to sugarcoat this one. Adrian Gonzalez was practically their entire offense last season.

29. Minnesota Twins (-8.4)

Key acquisition: None. Key losses: SS J.J. Hardy (2.9), 2B Orlando Hudson (2.5), IF Nick Punto (1.7) Outlook:This one looks like a train wreck. Joe Mauer’s $184-million deal didn’t leave much room to grow.

30. Tampa Bay Rays (-10.6)

Key acquisitions: OF/DH Manny Ramirez (3.5), LF Johnny Damon (3.0) Key losses: LF Carl Crawford (5.0), 1B Carlos Pena (2.6), SS Jason Bartlett (2.5), SP Matt Garza (2.1) Outlook: Forced to cut payroll, the Rays may have given up a huge amount of talent.

—Matthew Futterman contributed to this article