MLB 2023 New Year’s Power Rankings

MLB 2023 New Year’s Power Rankings
MLB 2023 New Year’s Power Rankings

Although it’s still the offseason, the New Year is a perfect milestone for baseball fans.

It’s almost halfway between the end of the World Series and the start of spring training games.

At MLB.com, we produce two power rankings way too early in the offseason. The first lands before the confetti has even been sucked in after the World Series parade, and the second comes just as the calendar turns, when we have a better idea of ​​how the upcoming season might unfold. but that we are still far from being able to predict anything with anything close to pinpoint accuracy.

The general consensus among our very confused little electoral body is that the offseason so far has been dizzying, there is still work to be done, and the best teams on paper often don’t even make it to the playoffs.

With that, here’s our All-Too-Early Power Rankings, New Year’s Edition:

1. Astros (106-56 in the 2022 regular season)
Repeating as World Series champions isn’t easy, but the Astros probably deserve the benefit of the doubt. They played in six consecutive AL Championship Series. They have won the World Series twice during this period. They have a starting staff of six, which allowed them to let AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander leave for the Mets — simply because they don’t really need him. The “World Series hangover” likely won’t apply this year, given that Houston played two games over the playoff minimum and had several days off between rounds. Although the AL West has improved in some areas – the Mariners will be strong again and the Rangers have taken steps to improve – the Astros, once again, will be the favorites to clinch another division title.

2. Mets (101-61)
This ranking is kind of based on the assumption that Carlos Correa will eventually get along with the Mets, but as we’ve watched this game, there’s really no way of knowing where the shortstop (or is he a third baseman?) land. Let’s just say the Mets are our No. 2 pick based on a few seemingly strong free agent signings and the fact that they were really good in 22, despite being out of season. But be warned: Things can fall apart for an older team, and the Mets are going to use a starting rotation with lots of miles on some of their arms.

3. Braves (101-61)
The Braves haven’t needed to make a ton of off-season moves, they just need to get healthy and stay healthy. And assuming that happens in 23, they should be in a good position to challenge for the NL East title, once again. After trading for receiver Sean Murphy, the Braves’ roster looks solid. If Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. return to full fitness and the pitching team, led by a stable of strong young starters, lives up to expectations, Atlanta will be very frustrating for other teams in the NL East, which becomes the one of the toughest divisions in baseball.

4. Padres (89-73)
It’s been a while — years, really — since the Dodgers last cracked the top five in the Power Rankings. There’s clearly a lot of confidence among our constituents in the Padres’ ability to make a huge leap forward in 23, given they lost the division to Los Angeles by 22 games last year. Yes, the Padres have “slain the dragon” by bouncing off their playoff division foes, but expectations this season seem higher. The Padres have a packed roster, bolstered by offseason signing Xander Bogaerts, and this could be the last best chance for a starting rotation that will see defections in free agency next winter. Could ’23 be the year?

5. Yankees (99-63)
The Yankees solved one of their biggest problems this offseason when they added southpaw Carlos Rodón to a rotation that, based on past performance and assuming health (which is never guaranteed), could be one of the strongest in baseball. There will be more uncertainty around a range that might still need some tweaking. That can happen without having to make any outward moves, if infielders Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe are able to provide substantial production.

The rest of the field of 30:

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