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As the MLB off-season comes to an end and spring training approaches, let's run down each team's transactions and hand out grades.

By SI MLB Staff
January 27, 2017

Welcome to our Winter Report Card series, where's MLB experts run down the key additions and losses for all 30 teams, recap their moves, take note of whatever unfinished business remains and hand out a grade for the moves to date. Teams are presented in order of publication, which is in reverse order of 2016 regular-season finish. Check back every weekday for a new Winter Report Card.

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Preliminary Grade: B+
What We Said: "The only real quibble with what the Cubs have done this winter is the extent to which they’ve taken on health risks in pitchers Brett Anderson, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara and outfielder Jon Jay. Still, they were smart to not overpay for a top-end closer, they are wise to give Almora a longer look in the outfield and they have enough depth to withstand those issues. They head into the 2017 season as favorites to repeat.​" Read more.

Rod Mar

Preliminary Grade: B
What We Said: "Keeping catcher Jonathan Lucroy was a no-brainer, and the low cost of bringing back players like Carlos Gomez, Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton justify those moves too. Losing Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland won't be easy but there is enough talent up and down the lineup to compensate." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: B-
What We Said: "The Royals have done a nice job given the circumstances, but they are undoubtedly a worse team this spring than last. Unless one of their acquisitions has a career-year, it will be hard for Kansas City to get back to the postseason." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C+
What We Said: "The Adam Eaton trade is easily defensible, but what’s not is bolstering a strength while letting a weakness get worse. The Nats lineup is better this spring than last, but the bullpen is much worse. Losing a rental like closer Mark Melancon is understandable and striking out on top free agents happens, but for a team that fashions itself as a contender, going into the season with a bullpen without experience or high-end talent is unwise." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: A+
What We Said: "The Indians made it to extra innings of the seventh game of the World Series missing their starting leftfielder and two-thirds of their starting rotation, then added the best bat on the market. A return to the postseason, at minimum, seems like a very real possibility." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: B
What We Said: "The Chris Sale trade, while costly, gives Boston arguably the best rotation in the AL . . . but the Red Sox could have and should have done more to replace David Ortiz's production at DH. . . . Going with Mitch Moreland instead of Edwin Encarnacion may come back to haunt Boston."  Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: A- 
What We Said: "The Dodgers have done a very good job of keeping their team in win-now mode while simultaneously maintaining an enviable stash of prospects. Perhaps they could have cleared more payroll by now or found a better righty setup man, but that's nitpicking given the moves they've made." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C 
What We Said: "None of Baltimore's moves are in and of themselves problematic. The issue is that a team that needed to make a bold decision instead treaded water." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C+
What We Said: "If anything, the Blue Jays took a step back this off-season. Losing Edwin Encarnacion creates a hole in the middle of the lineup that Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce can only paper over. There are still quality hitters—Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki still form an imposing middle of the order—but there will be a decline from the smash-and-bash ways of the past few years. Whether the Jays can keep slugging their way to the playoffs is in serious doubt." Read more

Preliminary Grade: C+
What We Said: "Mark Melancon improves the bullpen significantly, and Jae-gyun Hwang is a worthwhile gamble on improving the third base situation, but skimping at catcher and leftfield could carry significant ramifications if Hunter Pence and Buster Posey can't remain productive and valuable." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C-
What We Said: "Losing [Bartolo] Colon will hurt, but not nearly as much as it would have to lose [Yoenis] Cespedes, and probably [Neil] Walker, too. Even with those two back, New York would have been well-served to add some better offensive options to a lineup that ranked 11th in OBP and 12th in runs scored." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: A-
What We Said: "If nothing else, give Seattle credit for effort. This is a team that knows its window is a year, maybe two, until [Felix] Hernandez drops off and designated hitter Nelson Cruz’s deal expires. The rest of the division is full of question marks, so the goal here is to add enough pieces around those two, second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager to give the Mariners a shot to stay in it until the deadline, when perhaps [general manager Jerry] Dipoto will consider making a trade." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: B+
What We Said: "It’s hard to quibble with any of St. Louis’ off-season decisions. [Dexter] Fowler was an expensive addition, but he was the best option on the market for the Cardinals, and he should be a valuable producer atop the lineup. St. Louis still might not have enough firepower to catch the Cubs atop the division, but the race should be closer this year if everything breaks right for the Cardinals." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: D
What We Said: "The inaction with regards to centerfield (now a gaping hole on the roster) and the lack of moves in general are confounding, and the return on a flawed yet still valuable and affordable player in [Cameron] Maybin was decidedly weak. In an off-season where the defending AL Central champion Indians improved their already impressive roster by signing Edwin Encarnacion, it's hard to understand why Detroit stood so pat and failed to upgrade a position that needed help." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: B
What We Said: "After years of paltry payrolls, the Astros are finally making a charge, and [Carlos] Beltran, [Brian] McCann and [Josh] Reddick should all be improvements over their 2016 counterparts. World Series hopes now rest on the young stars doing their part—though another arm for the starting rotation wouldn’t hurt Houston’s chances." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C
What We Said: "The Yankees' current roster appears to be even further from title contention than the five games that separated them from the AL wild card last season would suggest. But further trades, especially if they are as smart as the ones from last year, could change that in a hurry and accelerate New York's return to the postseason." Read more.

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Preliminary Grade: C-
What We Said: "For Pittsburgh, this seems to have been an off-season of half-measures: sign a reclamation project and a reliever, but hang onto your best trade chip and also decline to part with prospects for an ace. We will have clarity eventually, though. If the Pirates are still a middling team at the deadline, it will be much harder to stand still." Read more.