A third of the teams in baseball won between 80 and 89 games last year. None of them made the playoffs, but all of them were within striking distance of a postseason berth. The ten teams have had wildly different approaches to the 2010-11 offseason – at least so far. I've broken the clubs down into three groups, with their 2010 win totals in parentheses and links that send you to the club's offseason transactions summary:
- Red Sox (89) – The Red Sox haven't held back. In an offseason that's seen the Yankees miss out on Cliff Lee and the Rays lose Matt Garza, Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Randy Choate, Dan Wheeler and potentially others, Boston moved in aggressively on two of the best players available and some complementary pieces. Acquiring Adrian Gonzalez (pictured) and Carl Crawford wasn't cheap, but those two, along with Bobby Jenks, Wheeler and a collection of other relievers, will help offset the loss of Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez.
- White Sox (88) – GM Kenny Williams wasn't shy this offseason. He re-signed Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, and added Adam Dunn and Jesse Crain. Make no mistake, the White Sox intend to win in 2011.
- Rockies (83) - The Rockies signed Troy Tulowitzki to a nine-figure extension and are about to finalize a seven-year extension with Carlos Gonzalez. They've also traded for Matt Lindstrom and Jose Lopez and signed Ty Wigginton and Jorge de la Rosa.
- Tigers (81) - Magglio Ordonez, Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta are back, Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit are in the mix and the Tigers aren't done yet. They may add a fifth starter before Spring Training begins.
- Dodgers (80) – Check out the list of starting pitchers Ned Colletti has added this offseason: Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland, Vicente Padilla, Dana Eveland and Tim Redding all agreed to deals with the Dodgers this offseason. Throw in Matt Guerrier, a pair of catchers, Juan Uribe and others and you see just how busy the Dodgers have been.
- Cardinals (86) - The Cardinals brought back Jake Westbrook, signed Lance Berkman, Gerald Laird and Brian Tallet and traded for Ryan Theriot. Their biggest challenge will be convincing Albert Pujols to sign an extension.
- Athletics (81) - The A's have traded for David DeJesus and Josh Willingham and signed Rich Harden, Hideki Matsui and Brandon McCarthy.
- Marlins (80) - The Marlins traded Dan Uggla and Cameron Maybin away, but they signed John Buck, Javier Vazquez and Randy Choate. They also extended Ricky Nolasco.
- Blue Jays (85) - Octavio Dotel has been the Blue Jays' biggest offseason addition so far and the club traded one of its top starters, Shaun Marcum, to Milwaukee. The Blue Jays could have a surprise in store, but to this point, their winter has been a quiet one. The team appears to be biding its time for a sustained run in the competitive AL East; they certainly aren't going for broke in 2011.
- Angels (80) – Yes, the Angels have added Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi, but no, this is not the offseason most observers expected. Crawford and Beltre signed elsewhere and the Angels have significant needs at third base and in the outfield as a result.
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