MLB rosters are far from finished products right now. There’s still plenty of free agents to be signed, trades to be made, and prospects to be shuffle around. That hasn’t stopped Alyson Footer at MLB.com from producing her first power rankings. Footer, in her defense, acknowledges that the rankings are pre-mature, but Dodgers fans will still enjoy the read – LA sits in the top spot.
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Footer’s reasoning for placing the Dodgers atop their pile is twofold.
“The Dodgers landed where they usually do when we put out our first unscientific, preseason rankings of the year — No. 1, based on their never-ending depth and success in the prior season.”
“The Dodgers lost key players to free agency, including Corey Seager and Max Scherzer, but Trea Turner moving back to his natural position at shortstop should help solidify the infield situation. The Dodgers could use some starting pitching help, and they partly addressed that by reportedly re-signing one of their own, Clayton Kershaw, to a one-year deal.”
The Dodgers, similar to other potential suitors, are likely waiting on free agent first baseman Freddie Freeman’s decision before they shift their focus back to strengthening the starting rotation. For much of the offseason, manager Dave Roberts has strongly hinted that LA could add another starter either via free agency or a trade.
As currently constructed, the Dodgers are still a formidable group that boasts former league MVPs and All-Stars at most positions.
They could be even better on paper by Opening Day on April 7th.
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