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Detroit Tigers Rank Highly in MCB’s First Power Rankings of 2017

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Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Steven Moya (33) throws a pitch during the fourth inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

#14 New York Mets
2016 Run Differential: +54
Best Offseason Move: Re-Signing Yoenis Cespedes
Worst Offseason Move: None

The New York Mets were perhaps baseball’s most quiet team this past offseason in terms of activity.

Sure, they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker, but that was about it.

On paper, the team returns a quality core.

Former Detroit Tigers standouts Cepedes and Curtis Granderson anchor the outfield, where Jay Bruce and Michal Conforto also serve as options.

In the infield, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Walker and Lucas Duda give the team quality performers at each position.

However, New York’s real strength is in the rotation.

If Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz are all healthy and effective in 2017, the Mets will likely be heading back to the playoffs.

Depth, however, could be a problem for the Mets.

There isn’t a clear-cut fifth starter behind the aforementioned quartet, and the team could be in need of infield help.

What’s more, no New York catcher turned in a WAR north of 0.5 or a wRC+ above 75.

If Travis d’Arnaud doesn’t bounce back, adding another backstop would certainly make sense. The former Toronto prospect’s current backups include Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki.

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