MLB preseason power rankings- 21-30

Posted: 02/18/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

For the next 3 days (Monday will be NBA week in review but today, tomorrow and tuesday) I will rank the MLB teams in descending order, from 30-1. Today is 30-21.

30: Houston Astros.

Notable additions: 1B/OF Jack Cust, IF Jed Lowrie, SP Kyle Weiland
Notable subtractions: RP Mark Melancon, SS Clint Barmes

The Astros are just plain bad, and they didn’t do much to improve their team this year. They need to start rebuilding, and after this year the contracts of aging Carlos Lee, Brett Myers, and Brandon Lyon are off the books. Look for a 105+ loss year for the ‘Stros.

29: New York Mets.

Notable additions: IF Ronny Cedeño, RP Frank Francisco, RP Jon Rauch, OF Andres Torres, RP Ramon Ramirez
Notable subtractions: SS Jose Reyes, SP Chris Capuano, OF Angel Pagan

The Mets are in a horrible situation, playing a small market role in the biggest market in the country. They shed a record amount of money this offseason, in over 50 million dollars. Losing Reyes and Pagan is big. Meanwhile, the Mets have just one player who is well above average, in David Wright, who has been shopped around. The Mets made some horrible FA moves, adding 3 overpriced relievers when they are supposed to be rebuilding. 100 losses is well within reach.

28: Chicago Cubs.

Notable additions: SP Paul Maholm, SP Chris Volstad, 1B Anthony Rizzo, SP Travis Wood, 3B Ian Stewart, SP Andy Sonnanstine
Notable subtractions: 3B Aramis Ramirez, SP Carlos Zambrano, RP Andrew Cashner, RP Sean Marshall, OF Tyler Colvin

The Cubbies had a good offseason, believe it or not. However, they are undergoing a complete rebuilding, as you can see by the loss of key players in Ramirez, Zambrano, and Marshall. In my opinion, the over/under for Cubs losses is 98.

27: Oakland Athletics.

Notable additions: OF Seth Smith, OF Jonny Gomes, SP Bartolo Colon, OF Josh Reddick, OF Collin Cowgill, SP Jarrod Parker, SP Brad Peacock, SP Tom Milone
Notable subtractions: SP Gio Gonzalez, SP Trevor Cahill, OF Josh Willingham, RP Andrew Bailey

And Moneyball’s team is rebuilding again. As GM and part owner Billy Beane is well aware of, the A’s need to keep turning over their roster and infusing young talent in their system, if they want to always compete. This is a rebuilding year, and they are rebuilding in a big way. They traded their 2 best SP’s and their closer. In return, they got a lot of talent. Parker, Peacock and Milone should all be part of a rotation featuring Parker eventually. Cowgill and Reddick should make up 2/3 of an OF. The Athletics shouldn’t win at the most 70 games, and probably less.

26: Chicago White Sox.

Notable additions: None
Notable subtractions: SP Mark Buehrle, OF Carlos Quentin, RP Sergio Santos, RP Jason Frasor

It seems like the Sox have started rebuilding, but they shouldn’t be too bad, with a big bat in Paul Kornerko. They made a horrible trade in trading their closer Sergio Santos for next to nothing, and lost one of their top pitchers in Buehrle and a good OF in Quentin. They desperately need bounce back years from Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. We could see between 85 and 100 losses.

25: Baltimore Orioles:

Notable additions: IF Wilson Betemit, SP Wei-Yin Chen, OF Endy Chavez, SP Dana Eveland, SP Tsuyoshi Wada
Notable subtractions: DH Luke Scott, DH Vladimir Guerrero

If the Orioles weren’t in such a tough division, they would have a decent team. However, they seem to be stuck in last place in a division with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays. The Bluejays aren’t bad either. Maybe 90-95 losses for the Orioles, but a barely under .500 record against non divisional teams.

24: San Diego Padres:

Notable additions: OF Carlos Quentin, 1B Yonder Alonso, SP Edinson Volquez, RP Huston Street, RP Andrew Cashner, OF Mark Kotsay
Notable subtractions: SP Mat Latos, 1B Anthony Rizzo, SP Aaron Harang, RP Heath Bell, SP Wade LeBlanc

The Padres had a decent offseason, trading ace Mat Latos for a lot of good talent, headlined by Yonder Alonso. In an attempt to improve power, they also added Carlos Quentin. However, they will remain near the bottom of the NL West standings.

23: Kansas City Royals:

Notable additions: SP Jonathan Sanchez, RP Jonathan Broxton, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, RP Jose Mijares
Notable subtractions: OF Melky Cabrera

Next year, the Royals should challenge for a playoff spot. However, they are not there yet. With a lot of young talent, they only have one player over 30. They have young studs in Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, and more providing help from the minors. In a few years, we could see them close to a World Series, but not yet.

22: Seattle Mariners:

Notable additions: C Jesus Montero, SP Hector Noesi, RP Hisashi Iwakuma, RP George Sherrill, C John Jaso
Notable subtractions: SP Michael Pineda, IF Jack Wilson, RP Josh Lueke

The Mariners made a good trade, picking up their C/DH (and possible savior) in Jesus Montero. Along with Dustin Ackley, they are two good young pieces. However, the hitting is still subpar, and they traded their #2 starter in Pineda for Montero. They have good prospects, but still won’t scare anyone

21: Minnesota Twins:

Notable additions: OF Josh Willingham, RP Joel Zumaya, SS Jamey Carroll, SP Jason Marquis, UT Ryan Doumit
Notable subtractions: OF Michael Cuddyer, OF Jason Kubel, RP Joe Nathan, SP Kevin Slowey

The Twins have tantalizingly talented players in C Joe Mauer and 1B Justin Morneau. However, those guys are always injured. If they remain healthy, the Twins could finish inside baseball’s top 15. Willingham is a nice add, but they lost good hitters in Cuddyer and Kubel, and their closer (Nathan). A player to watch is Joel Zumaya. He is another injury prone guy but he consistently hits 100 MPH.

  1. Barak Goodman says:

    Really enjoying this very well-researched blog. Shocking to see the Mets ranked so low — have they really fallen so far from the team that was supposed to contend just a couple of years ago? Shows what a really bad front office can do to a team. Can’t say I’m that upset about it — New York has had enough to cheer about lately.

    I can’t believe Bill Bradley is really the third best Ivy Leaguer. Really? Maybe statistically, but as you say he was famous for making players around him better. I bet he had a marvelous shooting percentage and a great steals to turnover ratio. Plus, there’s the intangibles. He won at least one championship with the Knicks, right? Maybe that could buy him a few points.

    Anyway, keep the blog coming. I can’t wait to see where you rank the Phillies. Go Phils!!

  2. Marinite says:

    Bradley’s the best Ivy Leaguer + NBAer + US Senator! (Also the worst, I guess, unless 5toolstar can come up with another who combined the three.)

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