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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 17, 2017; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) readies in the field during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) readies in the field during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

#29 Cincinnati Reds
2016 Run Differential: -138
Best Offseason Move: Trading Dan Straily
Worst Offseason Move: None

Similar to San Diego, the Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a significant rebuild.

Todd Frazier, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips have all been dealt, leaving Joey Votto, Zack Cozart, Billy Hamilton and a team of young, unproven players.

The Reds did extremely well to move Dan Straily and Phillips this past offseason, netting even more young players to build around.

Cincinnati also made some shrewd moves that could pay off down the line.

The club brought in veterans like Scott Feldman and Drew Storen who could conceivably be dealt for more prospects at the deadline.

What’s more, Dick Williams and company took fliers on players with upside who could still bring value to the club on the field, or as a trade chip down the line.

These include the likes of Desmond Jennings, Louis Coleman, Lucas Luetge and former Detroit Tigers prospect Rob Brantly.

It will likely be another long season in Cincinnati, as the Reds are buried in a strong National League Central.

However, the team is heading in the right direction.

If they can somehow deal the likes of Feldman, Storen, Cosart and Homer Bailey (if he’s healthy) for prospects, the Reds will be in a solid position to contend in the future.

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