MLB Power Rankings: Winter Meetings Edition
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November is easily the worst month in sports for a diehard baseball fan: there are no really big signings, rumors are constant teases, no one really knows anything, and it’s still way too long until pitchers and catchers report to camp. But now that November is coming to a close, it’s time to get excited about the winter meetings!
Last season were my first winter meetings experience on Twitter, which was extremely overwhelming. Thankfully for my sanity, though, this free agent class is nowhere near as stacked as last season. With that being said, we still should see some big ticket players sign with new teams next week, flipping the baseball world on its axis.
Earlier this month, I created a formula that measures a team’s luck factor from 2012. While my statistic is my own creation, I do like the results it gave me, seeing as most of the teams I considered lucky were lucky, while the teams who I thought were disappointments were rather unlucky. With the aid from my formula, I present to you my winter meetings power rankings.
Obviously these rankings are a bit premature, but I’m sick of not talking about baseball. Without further ado, the very early MLB power rankings for 2013. I can almost guarantee I will tick off a majority of you, so I will apologize (not really) in advance.
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If someone can say something positive about the Houston Astros, feel free to share. I got nothing.
The Cleveland Indians are a huge mess right now. Terry Francona could have taken any open job in the game, and he settles on the Indians? Goes to show how much loyalty means to him.
The Cubs are... well... the Cubs.
Someone get Giancarlo Stanton out of there! STAT!
Surprisingly, the Minnesota Twins have a pretty decent lineup (as of now). Their pitching staff, however, is a collection of misfits. If they had a league average staff, they could probably win 80+ games.
The Rockies are the Twins of the National League.
New York Mets
The New York Mets were a cute little story during the first half of 2012, but they quickly remembered they were the Mets. Call me crazy, but if they can't afford to sign David Wright, they need to trade him to the highest bidder. Same can be said for RA Dickey, too.
The Pirates may have improved, but they aren't where they need to be quite yet.
The Mariners already made their best move this off-season: moving in the fences.
Kansas City Royals
The Royals are in need of some good pitching, not the makeshift pitching they will get from Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie.
San Diego Padres
If it wasn't for the suspension of Yasmani Grandal, I would have had the Padres higher. They were on the verge of breaking out, but it's hard to imagine them having a chance without one of the better catchers in the league.
Orioles magic was a one-time deal. Unless they make some significant moves, there is absolutely no way this team wins over 90 games again.
Boston Red Sox
Until the Red Sox actually make a transaction this winter, I can't really decide if they are contender or pretender. If I had to make a bet, I would say pretender.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox got a lot of breaks in 2012, so it's hard to imagine they will get those same breaks in 2013. As always, the Sox will probably finish with like 84 wins, accomplishing nothing in the process.
I'm sure the Phillies will move up in my power rankings by the time the Winter Meetings are over. Until then, however, they are smack dab in the middle.
Unlike Baltimore, Oakland earned their surprising success in some capacity. With that being said, it's hard to imagine that the A's will rekindle that magic again.
Atlanta will likely move up in my rankings before the start of the 2013 season, but it's hard to imagine them without Chipper Jones at the hot corner. Who really knows how much they will miss his leadership?
This team is still really good on paper; plus, they were extremely unlucky last season. Although I won't pick them to win the World Series this season, I do think they will rebound.
Tampa Bay Rays
As long as they have their pitching staff, this team will be competitive. But their lineup, even with a healthy Evan Longoria is clown shoes.
Brewers' nation should love me. There isn't one objective person as high on the Brewers as I am this season. They were ridiculously unlucky in 2012, and adding a couple pitchers will make them a legitimate threat in the National League.
New York Yankees
I predicted that the Red Sox would finish under .500 last season, and for those very same reasons are why I am down on the Yankees this season. I don't think they will finish under .500 like Boston did, but I would be surprised if they won the division. Eventually, age will catch up with this squad.
Toronto Blue Jays
I predicted the Jays will win the AL East and I'm sticking to it!
San Francisco Giants
Yes, I have the defending World Series Champions down quite a bit. I'm a moron. I'm high. I'm stupid. But there's no way the Giants get the production out of their role players like they did in 2012.
Los Angeles Dodgers
It has to work out, right?
The Reds didn't lose a whole lot, and they will have Aroldis Chapman in the rotation in 2013. Sounds pretty good to me.
With or without Josh Hamilton, this team still rocks.
Los Angeles Angels
I am so excited for a full season of Mike Trout.
St. Louis Cardinals
In spite of my berating this postseason, the Cardinals are really good. They don't have any real key departures, so they should make it back to the postseason in 2013.
If Victor Martinez comes back healthy, this team should clinch the AL Central by the All-Star Game. I am almost kidding.
If baseball had a preseason poll like college football, the Nationals would be the unaminous #1 team in the country. This team has no noticeable flaws right now, and they still could make a big move before Opening Day.