Newsday’s Jon Heyman (above) praises the Mets, Braves and Mariners’ off-season moves and saves his most withering criticism for the following :

Orioles – Co-GMs Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan were big-league pitchers. So it baffles us why they continue to ignore a rotation that gives them zero chance in the AL East. Plus, they acquired Sosa within weeks after baseball got serious in its steroids crackdown. Grade: D —

Astros- Hard as it is to believe, Beltran wasn’t the biggest loss. It was GM Gerry Hunsicker, who quit after tiring of owner Drayton McLane’s constant interference. By the time McLane predictably lost Beltran to the Mets, there was no chance to replace him. Now they have a hole in centerfield. You know, to match the one in McLane’s head. Grade: F

Dodgers – Could not have done worse if they tried. They made so many bad moves. But the one that makes sense was to hire Charley Steiner, who will never utter a discouraging word no matter how bad things get. Grade: F —