MLB Power Rankings New Year Of 2016

Perhaps the Back to the Future Prediction was off by just one year. The Cubs , who are immensely loaded with young offensive superstars added another to the mix with the Jason Heyward signing. Add that to a revamped Bullpen, strong Starters signed last year in Jon Lester and Jason Hammel, coupled with John Lackey this year, and this team is the clear cut #1 ranked team. Oh yeah..They even have depth to make another trade should they need to.

Perhaps the Back to the Future Prediction was off by just one year. The Cubs , who are immensely loaded with young offensive superstars added another to the mix with the Jason Heyward signing. Add that to a revamped Bullpen, strong Starters signed last year in Jon Lester and Jason Hammel, coupled with John Lackey this year, and this team is the clear cut #1 ranked team. Oh yeah..They even have depth to make another trade should they need to.

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(1) Chicago Cubs: Big additions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey.  Tonnes of young superstars only ging to get better.

(2) NY Mets:  Starting Pitching best in the Majors.  Offensive depth better in offseason.  Need David Wright to stay healthy.  NL East easiest bottom 3 teams in the bigs.

(3) Kansas City Royals:  Easiest Division in the Majors.  Back to Back AL Pennants and defending World Series Champs.  Look for some more mid year deals.

 The Nationals have bettered their cause to win the World Series from the Daniel Murphy signing. The oddsmakers now have them tied with the Mets for the 3rd place in the National League. New York signed Alejandro De Aza over the past week. While the Nats and Mets should be considered both a great bet to earn playoff spots. The Mets should still be slightly favored, although both make the best bets this week.

The Nationals have bettered their cause to win the World Series from the Daniel Murphy signing. The oddsmakers now have them tied with the Mets for the 3rd place in the National League. While the Nats and Mets should be considered both a great bet to earn playoff spots because of the weak sisters in the Division like the Marlins, Braves and Phillies, the Mets should still be slightly favored because of their Starting Rotation depth.

(4) Washington Nationals:  Has more to do with the Division than anything.  Go pick up with Daniel Murphy, and have added several Bullpen arms.  Need another OF and a SP>

(5) Boston Red Sox:  Al East favorites have spent their way to the top.  David Price and Craig Kimbrel may both be the top players at their position in 2016.

(6) St. Louis Cardinals:  Never count out the Cards.  I expect the Bucs to not be as good in 2016 either.  Will get fat on the Brewers and Reds too.

(7) Toronto Blue Jays:  Lots of quantity in winter deals,  but not going to make up for loss of David Price.  Boston has whizzed by them and New York is right there with the Aroldis Chapman move.

(8) San Francisco Giants:  So why the 8th place?  It is simple. The Dodgers could pull off a few moves and become the favorite in the NL West again. I believe this will be the case.

(9) LA Dodgers:  Started the winter year as the World Series favorite and have had the worst offseason out of the contenders.  Losing Zack Greinke will be felt hugely.  After signing  Scott Kazmir yesterday they are one more upgrade away from reclaiming top seed in the NL West

(10) Houston Astros:  Worst seeded Division winner.  Lots of young talent quickly emerging.  Lots of swings and misses in the lineup is cause for concern

(11) NY Yankees:  Pinstripers are the 3rd team in the top 11.  Dominant Bullpen.  Upgraded Infield.. Better Bench.  They just need to sign 1 – 2 Starting Pitchers and they could be really dangerous in 2016.

(12) Texas Rangers:  Horrible winter thus far, and a lot of their players had great seasons in 2015.  Could be tough to duplicate.  Yu Darvish needs to return to form in 2016 coming back from TJ Surgery.

(13) Pittsburgh Pirates:  Are you really going to trade Mark Melancon before the season starts.  That would be an epic mistake in my view.  Losing A.J. BurnettNeil WalkerPedro Alvarez and Charlie Morton, while adding John JasoJon Niese and Juan Nicasio is not enough.  Although they lead the league in guys named John acquired.

(14) Arizona Diamondbacks:  This club threw down the hammer with the Zack Greinke deal.  Love the riverboat gamble in Shelby Miller.  Don’t stop here fella’s.  Look for upgrades in the middle infield and Bullpen.  Spend the cash.

(15) Cleveland Indians:  Love the Mike Napoli signing, as could be good fodder for trade bait in mid 2016 – as was Brandon Moss. 2nd place in the AL Central might be right near .500 again.

(16) Seattle Mariners:  Lucked out with the Hisashi Iwakuma deal falling through for the Dodgers.  Adam Lind is a solid pickup.  Still could use an upgrade at LF/CF.

(17) LA Angeles:  They really need to start spending money to acquire guys.  So far you have only acquired Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar, and lost Albert Pujols to start the season, David Freese plus Erick Aybar.  Woeful bench all hitting under .200 in 2015.

(18) Detroit Tigers:  Aging rapidly and remind me of the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies. Let’s hope they don’t have the Phils record from 2013 – 2015 over the next 3 years.

(19) Minnesota Twins:  Have been quiet in the winter.  Miguel Sano and Ervin Santana for a full year will be a big boost.  Need Joe Mauer to hit north of .300

(20) Chicago White Sox:  Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie are good moves.  If they add Yoenis Cespedes, they could really jump up the standings.

(21) Miami Marlins:  Seemingly in every traderumor but are not pulling the trigger on anything.

(22) Baltimore Orioles:  Have a ton riding on re-signing Chris Davis.  They will need another Infielder or Outfielder if they lose him.  You can’t start the year with Nolan Reimold and KBO slugger Hyun-soo Kim as your corner outfielders.

(23) Tampa Bay Rays:  Still have great Starting Pitching but a lack of offense.  Could trade Odorizzi or Cobb to address the situation.  Man that is a tough division.

(24) Oakland A’s:  Worst ranked American League club is still ahead of 6 teams in the National League.  Too many average players around the board.  Not enough talent to win right now.

(25) Milwaukee Brewers:  This is going to be a tough few years in Milwaukee. Could be among 6 NL teams that challenge 100 losses.

(26) San Diego Padres:  A.J. Preller acquiring all sorts of young players for veterans via trades. Needs to keep the idea flowing throughout the entire year.

(27) Atlanta Braves:  They are the best out of these bottom 6 for talent coming via prospects soon.

(28) Colorado Rockies:  Need to trade Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon in the next year.

(29) Philadelpia Phillies:  Will take a miracle for this team to win with that Starting Pitching.  Good start for the rebuild process with the Ken Giles trade though.

(30) Cincinnati Reds:  Chapman and Frazier are gone.  It is down to trading Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Zack Cozart and any veteran reliever in the next 7 months.

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