Top returning players: SS Jimmy Rollins (.250, 23 HR, 68 RBI), SP Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05 ERA), LHP Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16 ERA), RHP Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49 ERA), 1 2B Chase Utley (.256, 11 HR, 45 RBI), 1B Ryan Howard (.219, 14 HR, 56 RBI).
Key losses: 3B Placido Polanco, SP Vance Worley, RP Jose Contreras, C Brian Schneider, RHP Josh Lindblom, OF Juan Pierre, OF Nate Schierholtz, IF Ty Wiggington, RHP David Herndon.
Key additions: OF Ben Revere, 3B Michael Young, OF Delmon Young, RP Mike Adams, SP John Lannan, RP Chad Durbin.
Stadium/ticket info: Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater. www.phillies.com or call 727-467-4457. Ticket prices: $14-$34. Parking is $9.
Outlook: The Pirates have had 20 consecutive losing seasons, but came so close to finally ending it last year before finishing 79-83. They’re hoping left fielder Starling Marte will start them off on the right foot and earn the leadoff role. The Pirates were unhappy No. 3 hitter Andrew McCutchen’s league-leading 194 hits could translate to only 96 RBI. Pittsburgh said lost closer Joel Hanrahan and starter Kevin Correia. But it added power-hitting catcher Russell Martin from the Yankees and have talented pitching prospect Gerritt Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, knocking on the big-league door.
Top returning players: CF Andrew McCutchen (.327, 31 HR, 96 RBI), 3B Pedro Alvarez (.244, 30 HR, 85 RBI), 2B Neil Walker (.280, 14 HR, 69 RBI), 1B Garrett Jones (.274, 27 HR, 96 RBI), SP AJ Burnett (16-10, 3.51 ERA), SP Wandy Rodriguez (12-13, 3.76 ERA), SP James McDonald (12-8, 4.21 ERA).
Key losses: C Rod Barajas, RP Joel Hanrahan, SP Kevin Correia, RP Chris Resop.
Key additions: C Russell Martin, RP Mark Melancon, RP Vin Mazzaro, 1B/OF Jerry Sands, LHP Francisco Liriano.
Stadium/ticket info: McKechnie Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton. www.pirates.com or call 941-747-3031. Ticket prices: $12-$22.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Outlook: After falling one win short of a repeat trip to the World Series, the Cardinals endured a quiet winter before starting pitcher Chris Carpenter was lost for the season. With Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) still unsigned and available in free agency, St. Louis could be tempted to re-sign him. Despite the loss of Lance Berkman, the Cardinals will continue to have one of the best lineups in the National League. Watch for outfielder Oscar Taveras, ranked as MLB.com’s third-best prospect. He and pitcher Shelby Miller, a September call-up last year, are a big part of St. Louis’ future.
Top returning players: SP Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94 ERA), SP Jaime Garcia (7-7, 3.92 ERA), SP Lance Lynn (18-7, 3.78 ERA), RF Carlos Beltran (.269, 32 HR, 97 RBI), LF Matt Holliday (.295, 27 HR, 102 RBI), 1B Allen Craig (.307, 22 HR, 92 RBI), C Yadier Molina (.315, 22 HR, 76 RBI), 3B David Freese (.293, 20 HR, 79 RBI), CP Jason Motte (.275, 42 SV).
Key losses: SP Kyle Lohse, 1B Lance Berkman, UTL Skip Schumaker, SP Chris Carpenter.
Key additions: RP Randy Choate, UTL Ty Wigginton, SS Ronny Cedeno.
Stadium/ticket info: Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main Street, Jupiter. www.cardinals.com or call 561-755-1818. Ticket prices: $8-$40. Parking is $7.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Outlook: With arguably the best farm system in baseball, the Rays weren’t afraid to let go of several top-tier free agents from last season’s 90-win team. Gone are outfielder B.J. Upton and 200-inning eater James Shields. The replacements? There are plenty of talented young options, including phenom Wil Myers, acquired from the Royals in the big trade for Shields. Also, Evan Lognoria appears to be fully recovered from a partially torn hamstring. With him, the Rays went 47-27. Without him, they were 41-44.
Top returning players: 3B Evan Longoria (.289, 17 HR, 55 RBI), LF Matt Joyce (.241, 17 HR, 59 RBI), RF Ben Zobrist (.270, 20 HR, 74 RBI) SP David Price (20-5, 2.56 ERA), SP Matt Moore (11-1, 3.81 ERA), SP Jeremy Hellickson (10-11, 3.10 ERA), CP Fernando Rodney (0.60 ERA, 48 SV).
Key losses: OF B.J. Upton, SP James Shields, 1B Carlos Pena, RP Wade Davis, RP Jay Howell, IF Jeff Keppinger.
Key additions: SS Yunel Escobar, 1B James Loney, SP Roberto Hernandez, UTL Kelly Johnson, RP Juan Carlos Oviedo.
Stadium/ticket info: Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. www.raysbaseball.com or call 727-898-RAYS. Ticket prices: $10-27.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Outlook: The most eventful offseason in franchise history means the Blue Jays now must prove they can live up to the hype. The starting rotation, which ranked 25th in ERA (4.82), added three All-Stars in Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and 2012 Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Adding the speedy Jose Reyes and NL batting champion Melky Cabrera to the top of the order will only help Jose Bautista in his comeback from a left wrist injury. An interesting position battle could develop with Maicer Izturis and former Marlin Emilio Bonifacio at second base.
Top returning players: RF Jose Bautista (.241, 27 HR, 65 RBI), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (.280, 42 HR, 110 RBI), 3B Brett Lawrie (.273, 11 HR, 48 RBI), SP Brandon Morrow (10-7, 2.96 ERA), SP Ricky Romero (9-14, 5.27 ERA), CP Casey Janssen (2.54 ERA, 22 SV).
Key losses: SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Kelly Johnson, SP Henderson Alvarez, RP Jason Frasor.
Key additions: SS Jose Reyes, UTL Emilio Bonifacio, IF Maicer Izturis, LF Melky Cabrera, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Josh Johnson, SP Mark Buehrle.
Stadium/ticket info: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. www.bluejays.com or call 727-733-0429. Ticket prices: $15-$30.
Outlook: The Nationals enjoyed the best record in baseball in 2012 — 98-64 — but bowed out in the Division Series to the Cardinals. With staff ace Stephen Strabsurg cleared to pitch without restrictions this year, the Nationals expect to repeat as NL East champions and make a deeper run in the playoffs for 70-year-old manager Davey Johnson, who says he will retire after this year General manager Mike Rizzo brought in closer Rafael Soriano and starter Dan Haren to help solidify a pitching staff that lost a couple of relievers and didn’t resign Edwin Jackson.
Top returning players: SP Stephen Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA), SP Gio Gonzalez (12-8, 2.89 ERA), 3B Ryan Zimmerman (.282, 25 HR, 95 RBI), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 2.94 ERA), 1B Adam LaRoche (.271, 33 HR, 100 RBI), LF Bryce Harper (.270, 22 HR, 59 RBI), SS Ian Desmond (.292, 25 HR, 73 RBI).
Key losses: OF/1B Michael Morse, SP Edwin Jackson, SP Sean Burnett, RP Tom Gorzelanny, INF Mark DeRosa.
Key additions: CP Rafael Soriano, C Kurt Suzuki, CF Denard Span, SP Dan Haren.
Stadium/ticket info: Space Coast Stadium, 5800 Stadium Parkway, Viera. www.nationals.com or call 1-888-632-NATS. Ticket prices: $12-$26.