Offseason Power Rankings – Dec. 4
The first three days of December saw plenty of transactions across Major League Baseball. It is hard to find a team that didn’t make a move. There are likely still more to come, but it’s time for my weekly power rankings with the help of Steamer! If you are unfamiliar with the process you can find it here. A lot of jostling in the rankings due to a lot of trades and signings. I will break down each net gain or loss in wins for each team following the rankings. Here they are!
New York Yankees – Improved their record by 8 wins with the signings of Brendan Ryan, Kelly Johnson, and of course Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yanks found their 2B and replaced below replacement innings from Vernon Wells with an All-Star outfielder.
Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays gained 2 wins yesterday with the trade that netted them Ryan Hanigan and Heath Bell. Hanigan alone is worth the upgrade here. Typical Tampa move.
Washington Nationals – The Nationals were another huge winner this week. They flat out STOLE Doug Fister from the Tigers. When I say stole, I mean they should be getting 25 to life. They didn’t give up any true asset and gained a top 30 MLB starting pitcher. The acquisition raised them 2 wins in the standings.
Oakland Athletics – Their most beneficial acquisition was Scott Kazmir, but Craig Gentry, Jim Johnson, and Luke Gregerson also helped. A net 2 win gain for them as well.
Miami Marlins – The Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia yesterday on a pretty sweet deal. Only $21M over 3 years. This signing netted them 2 wins, but couldn’t help them surpass the Astros.
Minnesota Twins – The Twins signed Phil Hughes to accompany the freshly inked Ricky Nolasco. Phil Hughes’ signing nets the Twins a win in the standings.
Colorado Rockies – Their trade with the Astros (Lyles and Fowler) came out near the same, but rounding gave them an extra win. Yay!
The Braves and Cubs saw increases due to slight changes in playing time projections. The Toronto Blue Jays improved their WAR by 0.6 with Dioner Navarro and Erik Kratz, but it was not enough to change their wins.
Detroit Tigers – Who else? They gave away a top 30 pitcher for relatively nothing. Joe Nathan doesn’t have a big enough band-aid to cover this wound. A net loss of 3 wins for the Tigers.
Cincinnati Reds – They lost Ryan Hanigan. The Rays willingly took him off their hands and the Reds lose 2 wins.
Texas Rangers – The Rangers lost an outfielder in Gentry, but received Michael Choice back. Still a slight loss, -1 win.
Baltimore Orioles – Financially, dumping Jim Johnson’s last year or arbitration on the A’s is probably good for them, but it loses them a win on paper.
Everyone else who didn’t keep up and saw projection losses due to replacement level changing. Note: The Mets lost 2 wins as Matt Harvey was removed from their projections.
Here are the divisions with these projections, with playoff teams bolded:
Red Sox 93-69
Blue Jays 87-75
White Sox 72-90
Theoretical World Series: Red Sox vs. Cardinals with the Red Sox winning it all. Didn’t change from last week, but the Diamonbacks are still very close behind the Cards.