MLB way-too-early power rankings: How did Dodgers fare this offseason?
There are less than two months until Opening Day, but some Los Angeles Dodgers fans might not be as amped as they've been in previous seasons due to the changes that went down this offseason ... that were seemingly all for naught, considering the team doesn't have plans to get under the $233 million luxury tax threshold. We thought that was the entire point of this.
Even with efforts to "downgrade" in a sense, the Dodgers still remain one of the best teams in MLB and, in the end, avoided overpaying some questionable players or doling out prohibitive long-term contracts to maintain their financial flexibility for the foreseeable future.
Outside of Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Chris Taylor, nobody is signed beyond 2025, and only Austin Barnes is signed through 2024. Everybody else is arbitration-eligible or has a contract option (Max Muncy, Blake Treinen and Daniel Hudson could all be let go after 2023).
But we're speaking strictly about 2023 right here. The future is an important factor to consider, but the immediate goal is winning a World Series. The secondary goal is sustaining success beyond the year in front of you.
That brings us to our way-too-early power rankings. Before spring training. As rosters will likely see significant alterations over the next eight weeks. We call this "fun."
2023 MLB Power Rankings: Where Do Dodgers Rank?
30. Cincinnati Reds
29. Washington Nationals
28. Kansas City Royals
27. Oakland Athletics
26. Detroit Tigers
25. Pittsburgh Pirates
How much intel do you need here? None of these teams opted to upgrade in any manner (or very minimally) this offseason and will be relying on new young talent or rookies from 2022 to take massive leaps in order to improve their fortunes. This is the 60-win to 68-win bracket.