The winter wheeling and dealing is pretty much done, and many teams barely resemble what they looked like when the 2004 season ended. In some cases that's a good thing. Let's take a look at five of the more intriguing new-look lineups.
1. New York Mets
2004: 684 runs, 12th in NL
2005 Outlook: Last year the Mets gave too many at bats to guys like Todd Zeile (.319 OBP in 396 plate appearances) and Karim Garcia (.272 OBP in 202 PAs). The key off-season moves were signing centerfielder Carlos Beltran (right) and switching Mike Piazza back to catcher to take Jason Phillips's bat out of the lineup. Also, impressive youngster David Wright (.525 slugging percentage in '04) will put in his first full season at third base and in the cleanup spot. First base could be an interesting platoon of lefty Doug Mientkiewicz and righty Andres Galarraga, who has killed lefties in the past. This offense is for real.
2. Seattle Mariners
2004: 698 runs, 14th in AL
2005 Outlook: So many shortstops were available this winter, and the best the Mariners could do was Pokey Reese? At least they identified the weakest areas, signing free agents Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson for corner infield positions. Bucky Jacobsen (nine HRs in 160 at bats last year) will get time at first and DH when he returns from knee surgery late in spring training. Expect Seattle to climb back toward respectability.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
2004: 634 runs, 15th in NL
2005 Outlook: The Brewers stand to improve most at catcher, where Chad Moeller was abysmal. (New backstop Damian Miller had a .339 OBP and a .403 slugging percentage for Oakland, numbers that dwarfed Moeller's production.) Replacing centerfielder Scott Podsednik with Carlos Lee was an unsung off-season move. Milwaukee could make a giant leap.