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Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Projected Lineup

After struggling through years of hurt as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays between 1998 and 2007, Tampa Bay became simply the ‘Rays’ prior to the 2008 season, adopting the Tampa Bay Rays montra and their fortunes looked up ever since. 2016, however, brought the organization back to earth, finishing with their worst record since that stretch of nine straight losing seasons. The team made a few small changes during the
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Tampa Bay Rays: 2017 Projected Rotation

Despite trading away Matt Moore at last year’s deadline and Drew Smyly during the offseason, pitching continues to be the strength of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s what the team has built themselves around since the days of David Price and James Shields, and it’s what they will continue to build themselves around in the near future. That said, number one starter Chris Archer was far from an ‘ace’ in
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Minnesota Twins: 2017 Projected Lineup

Despite being the only team in the majors to lose 100 games last year, the Minnesota Twins were actually a fairly average offensive team. They were one of eight teams in the AL to hit more than 200 homers, they ranked ninth in runs scored and walked in 8.2% of their plate appearances, good for fifth-best in the league. The Twins have been one of the least active teams during
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Minnesota Twins: 2017 Projected Rotation

For the last few years, the majority of Minnesota’s rotation has been a piecing together of major league veterans striving to simply give the team plenty of innings over the course of the season. 2017 may be the last of those seasons though, because there are a number of talented youngsters expected to be MLB-ready by the middle of this year and early in 2018 as well. Jose Berrios was
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Atlanta Braves: 2017 Projected Rotation

As the Atlanta Braves move into SunTrust Park in 2017, the front office has made a number of changes to try and improve their recent struggles. Many of those changes can be seen in the projected rotation, where the Braves will return just one of their four opening day starters of a year ago. Their rotation looks pretty well set heading into spring training thanks to their new additions, though
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Atlanta Braves: 2017 Projected Lineup

While the Atlanta Braves’ rotation may feature a host of fresh faces, their projected lineup will look fairly similar to the one that finished the 2016 season by averaging just 4.03 runs per game, good enough for the second-worst mark in the majors. The Braves simply have to hit more home runs after they went 625 plate appearances without a homer to begin the year. Their lineup looks much more
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Bagwell, Raines, Pudge Join Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame class for 2017 has been announced, with Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez becoming the 317th, 318th and 319th people to join those already at Cooperstown. The three position players each finished with at least 75 percent of the vote, Bagwell leading the way with 86.2%. Trevor Hoffman and Vladamir Guerrero are among the two biggest names not to get into the
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Kansas City Royals Striding Towards Secure Future

A World Series Champion two years ago, the Kansas City Royals will look quite different compared to that title-winning team when they arrive at their spring training complex in February 2018. At the end of this season, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Jarrod Dyson and Danny Duffy will all be free agents. Earlier this offseason, closer Wade Davis said his goodbyes to his teammates as he was