2013 Record: 74-88 Key Additions: OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Bartolo Colon, OF Chris Young Biggest Loses: LHP Johan Santana, RHP LaTroy Hawkins 2014 Outlook: One of the lowest-scoring offenses in baseball should receive a boost with the signings of outfielders Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, who posted seven two-plus WAR seasons before playing in just 61 games last season, but without ace Matt Harvey (Tommy John) it's difficult to see too much improvement with this group. The Mets spent $87 million on free agents this offseason -- Young, Granderson and rejuvenated veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon -- but unless Colon can replicate his '13 season and sophomore standout Zack Wheeler sets the world on fire, the results could remain stagnant. The good news: David Wright is back.
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2013 Record: 73-89 Key Additions: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Roberto Hernandez Biggest Losses: RHP Roy Halladay, LHP John Lannan 2014 Outlook: Last season, for the first time since 2002, the Phillies finished 20-plus games off the division lead. And with just a few notable exceptions, the aging group is back together: Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, etc. Howard and Rollins will be looking for bounce-back campaigns, while the rotation will once again be led by the two-headed monster of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Will it be enough? Those two posted a combined 9.3 WAR in 2013, and the team still struggled. The two wildcards will be outfielder Domonic Brown, who dominated in stretches during his first full season in the majors (27 HRs, 1.6 WAR), and Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who not even manager Ryne Sandberg has seen pitch.
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2013 Record: 62-100 Key Additions: 1B Garrett Jones, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee, 2B Rafael Furcal Biggest Losses: 3B Placido Polanco, OF Juan Pierre 2014 Outlook: The rebuilding Marlins were one of the worst offensive teams in baseball last season, racking up just 95 homers and 485 RBI. There will be no such futility in 2014, especially if outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and future star Christian Yelich remain healthy. Ace pitcher Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19 ERA) has the capacity to challenge Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young. Righty Nathan Eovaldi had sneaky-good stats in his second MLB campaign and Jacob Turner maintained an ERA below 3.00 in his first 14 MLB starts. Miami's roster isn't blessed with depth, but the lineup should be significantly improved.
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2013 Record: 96-66 Key Additions: UTIL Ryan Doumit, RHP Gavin Floyd Biggest Loses: C Brian McCann, RHP Tim Hudson 2014 Outlook: The Braves ran away from the division last season behind a home-run heavy offense -- fifth in MLB with 181 -- the game's best bullpen (2.46 ERA) and a rotation full of young talent. After a quiet offseason, that figures to be the formula once again. They'll ride four players who hit at least 21 home runs in 2013, including Justin Upton, new $100 million man Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis (21), who takes over McCann's role behind the plate. The rotation now has an average age of 25.2, though with Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran, it remains steady at the top. And of course, the ninth inning still belongs to Craig Kimbrel. Ultimately, the key to Atlanta's chances may be B.J. Upton (.184 average) and Dan Uggla (.179) rebounding from forgettable seasons.
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2013 Record: 86-76 Key Additions: SP Doug Fister Biggest Losses: SP Dan Haren 2014 Outlook: On paper, the Nationals boast baseball's best pitching rotation. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann are 20-win candidates, while Doug Fister enjoyed a superb campaign with Detroit last season. The Nats bullpen should be markedly improved, thanks to the continuity of top relievers Rafael Soriano, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. On offense, the Nats posted top-four NL numbers in homers and slugging. The sky's the limit for 21-year-old Bryce Harper, who experienced noticeable upticks in batting average and OPS last year. And of the shortstops who logged at least 130 games in 2013, Ian Desmond registered the highest positional WAR (5.0). Bottom line: The championship-ready Nationals are viable bets for 92-plus wins and a postseason berth.