MLB Roster Previews For All 30 Teams

Full breakdowns of every starting lineup, starting rotation, bench and bullpen in baseball, through written previews on all 30 MLB teams.

SAN DIEGO, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the San Diego Padres speaks to the crowd during the San Diego Padres Fan Fest at PETCO Park on February 4, 2023 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

We are officially one week away from Opening Day, where 30 teams in Major League Baseball will embark on a 162-game journey through the 2023 MLB season.

Baseball is on fire right now after what we got to see play out at the World Baseball Classic over the last few weeks. So many storylines that get to carry over into a fresh season. Shohei Ohtani essentially cemented his mythical status as the game’s greatest player, grabbing the thrown from his teammate Mike Trout by blowing 100 MPH fastballs by him with authority.

So many of the game’s brightest stars competed on the World stage, with more eyes tuned into baseball across the globe than ever before. Stars grew brighter for players like Ohtani and Trea Turner, meanwhile stars were born like Jose Quijada with his massive celebrations for Venezuela or Angels starter Patrick Sandoval keeping Japan off the board in the first four innings of the Semifinal.

Players around the league got the chance to make a name for themself and now they all return to their teams with more fanfare than ever before.

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Last year, the Houston Astros won the World Series in dominant fashion, cementing their status as a budding dynasty. Meanwhile the Philadelphia Phillies proved that any team who makes the dance has a chance, bashing their way through giant competitors on their path to winning an NL pennant.

If you look around Major League Baseball ahead of 2023, what you won’t find is many teams that don’t think they have a chance this year. Take the American League East for example. The Yankees, Blue Jays and Rays all return coming off making a postseason berth in 2022, feeling very confident they will all return this season. Even with three contenders atop the division, the Orioles and Red Sox are two teams clearly entering the season with the hopes of pushing for a Wild Card spot.

There is just a handful of teams that enter with no playoff expectations from their fanbase, as this is the time of year for optimism. With a clean slate of a 0-0 record, every baseball fan can dream right now of the perfect scenario that leads their team to the promise land.

Every team has a story to tell in 2023. Whether it be the top prospects ready to make an impact, or the big free agent signings that will take the team over the top.

Over the past month, we have been writing season previews for each team, breaking down every starting lineup, starting rotation, bench and bullpen throughout the game. Whether you want to read up on your own team, or scout out the others in your division, we have them all linked below.

AL East Previews

New York Yankees – 2022 Record (99-63)

Written By: Peter Appel

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The Yankees revamped their team around reigning MVP Aaron Judge this offseason, in hopes of finally making back to the World Series in 2023.

Toronto Blue Jays – 2022 Record (92-70)

Written By: Tyson Shushkewich

The Toronto Blue Jays have a pretty deep roster heading into 2023, looking to improve upon their Wild Card exit from last season.

Tampa Bay Rays – 2022 Record (86-76)

Written By: Leo Morgenstern

The Tampa Bay Rays are running it back this year, hoping for healthier seasons from stars Wander Franco, Tyler Glasnow, and Brandon Lowe.

Baltimore Orioles – 2022 Record (83-79)

Written By: Harrison Bruns

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The Baltimore Orioles arrived earlier than expected last year, going from the doldrums to over .500. Could they take another leap in 2023?

Boston Red Sox– 2022 Record (78-84)

Written By: Matt Marasco

After a tumultuous offseason, the Red Sox are ready to put the noise behind them and make a push for a surprising playoff run in 2023.

AL Central Previews

Cleveland Guardians – 2022 Record (92-70)

Written By: Spencer Tracy

The Cleveland Guardians surprised everyone in 2022, with multiple young stars fueling a playoff run. Now expectations are high entering 2023.

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Chicago White Sox – 2022 Record (81-81)

Written By: Elijah Evans

Coming off a disappointing season where nothing seemed to go right for the White Sox, this team will look to put it all together in 2023.

Minnesota Twins – 2022 Record (78-84)

Written By: Harrison Bruns

Can the Minnesota Twins improve upon a disappointing 2022 season and win the AL Central for the first time since 2020?

Detroit Tigers – 2022 Record (66-96)

Written By: Clay Snowden

Coming into this season, the Tigers need former top prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene to establish themselves for 2023 to be a success.

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Kansas City Royals – 2022 Record (65-97)

Written By: Leo Morgenstern

The Kansas City Royals aren’t playing for October, but they have an exciting crop of young players to keep an eye on this season.

AL West Previews

Houston Astros – 2022 Record (106-56)

Written By: Tomas Romo

The reigning World Series champs will be without Jose Altuve to start the season, but still open 2023 as the clear favorites to win it all.

Seattle Mariners – 2022 Record (90-72)

Written By: Lyle Goldstein

Featuring both one of the game’s best rotations and top young players in Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners are primed to make a run in 2023.

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Los Angeles Angles – 2022 Record (73-89)

Written By: Clay Snowden

The Los Angeles Angels made plenty of moves this winter, but did they do enough to compete in the AL West and end their playoff drought?

Texas Rangers – 2022 Record (68-94)

Written By: Lyle Goldstein

With a brand-new rotation headlined by two-time Cy Young Jacob deGrom, the Texas Rangers hope to take the leap into contention in 2023.

Oakland Athletics – 2022 Record (60-102)

Written By: Clay Snowden

A team squarely entrenched in a rebuild, the 2023 season is another chance to find a few future building blocks for the Oakland Athletics.

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NL East Previews

Atlanta Braves – 2022 Record (101-61)

Written By: Leo Morgenstern

With full seasons from Ozzie Albies, Spencer Strider, and Michael Harris II, the Braves could be even more dangerous in 2023.

New York Mets – 2022 Record (101-61)

Written By: Ryan Finkelstein

The New York Mets enter the 2023 with a star-studded roster and lofty expectations, as owner Steve Cohen continues to go all-in to win now.

Philadelphia Phillies – 2022 Record (87-75)

Written By: Leo Morgenstern

How can the Phillies follow up a pennant-winning season? By signing a new superstar and shooting for the World Series.

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Miami Marlins – 2022 Record (69-93)

Written By: Aram Leighton

While they may not have spent like the top of their division, the Marlins were active this offseason in hopes of being competitive in 2023

Washington Nationals – 2022 Record (57-105)

Written By: Spencer Tracy

With one of the weakest rosters in baseball, the Washington Nationals are squarely in a rebuild and could lose over 100 games again in 2023.

NL Central Previews

St. Louis Cardinals – 2022 Record (93-69)

Written By: Zach Worden

After winning an NL Central crown, the Cardinals return with most of their core intact, ready to compete with the best of the best.

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Milwaukee Brewers – 2022 Record (86-76)

Written By: Joey Peterson

The Milwaukee Brewers enter 2023 with an intriguing mix of All-Star caliber talent and exciting prospects as they look to recapture a division title and make a run deep into October.

Chicago Cubs – 2022 Record (74-88)

Written By: Clay Snowden

The Chicago Cubs added a new face of the franchise in Dansby Swanson, but need a lot to break right around him to contend in the NL Central.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 2022 Record (62-100)

Written By: Leo Morgenstern

The Pirates have added several solid veterans to complement their burgeoning young core, making for a better team than they’ve had in years.

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Cincinnati Reds – 2022 Record (62-100)

Written By: Clay Snowden

The Cincinnati Reds are still far from contention, but the debut of top prospects like Elly De La Cruz gives fans something root for in 2023.

NL West Previews

Los Angeles Dodgers – 2022 Record (111-51)

Written By: Lyle Goldstein

The Dodgers are still an excellent team, but they’re not quite staring down at their division rivals like they used to.

San Diego Padres – 2022 Record (89-73)

Written By: Javier Reyes

The San Diego Padres are legitimate World Series contenders, filled with a lineup of multiple MVP candidates and a bustling payroll.

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San Francisco Giants – 2022 Record (81-81)

Written By: Ethan Budowsky

The San Francisco Giants have improved for 2023, but will it be enough for them to contend in the National League West?

Arizona Diamondbacks – 2022 Record (74-88)

Written By: Harrison Bruns

While they likely won’t be competing for a playoff spot this season, the Diamondbacks are young, exciting, and building for 2024.

Colorado Rockies – 2022 Record (68-94)

Written By: Renee Dechert

They may not be very competitive this season, but the Colorado Rockies will always be an interesting ballclub.

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