MLB way-too-early power rankings: How did Dodgers fare this offseason?
24. Colorado Rockies
23. Miami Marlins
22. Chicago Cubs
21. Arizona Diamondbacks
20. Texas Rangers
A tad more optimistic here. Teams like the Rockies, Marlins and D-backs have hopeful infusions of young talent that could change their trajectory (on top of a solid group of veterans that help the team avoid bottom-barrel status).
But the Cubs and Rangers? Not sure what they are. Sure, they've made some additions with an eye to improve, but were they enough to propel them much higher than they were in 2022? The Rangers' "big" free agent additions last year eventually led them to 68 wins (yup, over $500 million in expenditures). The Cubs invested close to $200 million and enjoyed 74 wins. Texas signed Jacob deGrom, Andrew Heaney and Nathan Eovaldi this offseason to bolster their rotation. Chicago brought in Dansby Swanson, Jameson Taillon, Trey Mancini, Cody Bellinger and a few others. Pending injuries and bounce backs, both teams will need a fair amount of luck to jump beyond the next tier.