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It is time for the off season. It's time for our yearly power rankings.

On Saturday night in Houston, the Astros won their second World Series title in three years after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. The winners of the Fall Classic will have a few months to prepare.

As we head into what should be an exciting and intriguing free agency, let's take a look at where all 30 teams are.

The final power rankings of the 20th century.

1. Houston Astros

The first in theAL West.

The final ranking of the year.

Houston's incredible pitching depth makes the Astros a good choice. The American League has had the lowest runs allowed in a full season in the last 40 years. Even if Verlander opts out and signs somewhere else, the Astros will still have the best pitching depth in the majors with a full season from Lance McCullers Jr. and Hunter Brown.

There is flexibility in the payroll of the Astros. It's possible that Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman will be looking for a long-term power bat. Maybe a New York Yankees outfielder.

2. Atlanta Braves

First in the NL East.

The final ranking was four.

The Braves dominated the final four months of the season to win their fifth straight division title. This team was raised to another level because of the emergence of Michael Harris II. Ronald Acuna Jr. will be completely healthy again if he rediscovers his power stroke. If Dansby Swanson doesn't come back, the Braves might look to play second base again, as he did down the stretch.

The Braves are going to compete for National League pennants for a long time thanks to the signings of Austin Riley, Matt Olson, Acuna, Harris, and Strider.

3. San Diego Padres

The record for the year is 89- 73.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The Padres have some holes to fill in the rotation and at first base, but consider:

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr. is set to return from his suspension on April 20 and they have three of the best players in the game.

  2. They have elite defenders up the middle in Trent Grisham and Ha-Seong Kim, which could push Tatis to the left side of the field.

  3. Josh Hader, Robert Suarez, Luis Garcia, and Nick Martinez are all back in the middle of the relief corps.

  4. They should have at least $20 million to spend on a starter or a first baseman.

The 40-man position player depth is thin and there are concerns about the health of the wrist of the catcher. If they play to what we've seen before. Don't watch anymore.

4. Tampa Bay Rays

There was a 92-76 record in the year 2022.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

They won 86 games, but only scored one run in the wild-card series against Cleveland. They're ranked so high here. According to a factoid, the Rays had the fourth-most missed games by injured players. Many of those were critical injuries.

They'll add Tyler Glasnow, who returned in September from Tommy John surgery, to the rotation, along with three other pitchers who combined for a 2.61 earned run average. Brandon Lowe and Wander Franco combined for just 148 games and 14 home runs.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

The record was recorded in the year 2022.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

Since 1906 the Cubs have won most of the time. The Yankees had the highest run differential of all time. In both runs scored and runs allowed, he was the leader. The Dodgers' four-game loss to the Padres in the division series was their most painful loss in the playoffs so far. It doesn't happen overnight, but the Dodgers have several key agents to replace or re-sign, and Walker Buehler is out for the year. WAR and starts are combined for a total of 14.

There's the question of doing it all over again. This group hasn't had an issue with that so far, but maybe one of these years they'll have to. They have money to spend, with a current estimated payroll of $119 million less than the previous year, according to FanGraphs' roster resource.

It's possible that this ranking will go up by the time spring training rolls around, as the Dodgers have signed three new players.

6. Philadelphia Phillies

Third in the NL East.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

Will the playoffs continue into the following year? We may be giving too much attention to what happened in October, but this was a better team under Rob Thomson than it was under Joe Girardi. The core players are all back, but we will have to see if they need Tommy John surgery for the elbow injury that limited them to designated hitters.

The Philadelphians will be aggressive in free agency. If they decline the $17 million club option on Jean Segura, they could go after one of the big free-agents at the infield positions: Carlos Correa, Turner, Dansby Swanson and XanderBogaerts. Brandon Marsh will play center field for them. Andrew Painter, the team's first-round pick in the 2021. could join the rotation as a 20-year-old if he keeps progressing through the minor league system.

7. Milwaukee Brewers

In the NL Central, the record was 86 76.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

You can't help but wonder if the script will play out if Josh Hader is not traded. The Brewers are in a good position with Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes leading the rotation. They hope to get more than 78 years from Freddy Peralta and more than 100 years from the young lefty.

They also have an influx of young outfielders ready to make an impact in the future, includingGarrett Mitchell, who already made it to the majors The Brewers play the modern power game even though Christian Yelich's contract has turned into a financial drain. The upcoming season will be decided by finding the right depth in the relief corps.

8. Toronto Blue Jays

The record for the year is 92 70.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The BlueJays won 92 games and were second in the American League in runs, but the season left an air of "we thought they would be better than this." Maybe that's because they went 16-3 against the RedSox while not scoring many runs.

They're paying four people $46 million in the next five years. Ryu is likely to miss most of next season after having Tommy John surgery. Is it worth it to make an addition to the rotation in order to get better seasons from Berrios and Kikuchi? The offense and Manoah/Gausman might still make them the division favorites, but imagine this team with Carlos Rodon as the third starter.

9. St. Louis Cardinals

The first in the NL Central.

The final ranking is 6.

With 15 consecutive winning seasons, it's hard to place the Cards much lower than this, even with concerns about the starting pitchers.

Nolan Arenado's opt-out clause is likely to be kept from being exercised by the Cards. They also have a wave of young position players who have reached the majors, including Jordan Walker, the best hitting prospect in the minor league system. Adding another starter in free agency or using the prospect depth for a trade is top of the to-do list.

10. Seattle Mariners

The record for the year is 90-72.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The Astros won the title for the second time in three years.

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A star was born at the age of 21 as a result of the end of the long playoff barren spell for theMariners. Despite being swept in the division series, they played the Astros hard in the wild-card series. T-Mobile Park kind of masks some of the team's strengths as the perception is that the team was all pitching and no hitting.

The offense was better than the pitching staff because they were eighth in the majors in wrc+ and 12th inERA+. Given the depth in the rotation with full seasons ahead from Luis Castillo and George Kirby, as well as a deep bullpen, the Mariners will still be looking to add offense. They will need an outfielder if they don't re-signMitch Haniger. Jerry Dipoto, the team's president of baseball operations, said the team plans to keep Crawford at the position.

11. New York Yankees

The record for the year was 99-63.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The Yankees missed out on the World Series for the 13th year in a row, but manager Brian Cashman has enough experience to not overreact. Josh Donaldson will be 37 years old, DJ LeMahieu will be 34 years old, Giancarlo Stanton will be 33 years old, AARON HICKS will be 33 years old, and Anthony Rizzo will be 33 years old if he comes back. The Yankees have some youth on the way in Oswaldo Cabrera, Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, but on the pitching side, Jameson Taillon is a free agent and Frank Montas wasn't right after he came over from the A's.

With Hal Steinbrenner refusing to spend at the Dodgers' level, can the Yankees build a roster that would pay Judge, Stanton and Cole a combined $102 million? Three players pay that price. It's possible that the Yankees will go to Plan B in the off-season.

12. Cleveland Guardians

The record for the year is 92 70.

The final ranking of the year is 8.

Some 1980s-style baseball was brought to the team by theGuardians, with great defense and a shutdown closer. They were one win away from the ALCS. Is it possible that they could do it again? Absolutely in the central part of the state. There are three positions where they can add offense.

  1. They were ranked 29th in the majors in the batting average.

  2. Their batting average was.587 and they only had eight home runs.

  3. The center field is where the Guardians were ranked.

They love Straw's defense and have him signed through 2026, so let's see if they address catcher andDH Will they look to trade a player who will make more than $10 million in the next year or two? This is how the Guardians operate.

13. New York Mets

Second in the NL East.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The Mets will have a busy off-season. There are a number of potential free agents, including Brandon Nimmo, Carlos Carrasco, Chris Bassitt, and Taijuan Walker. That's right, whoa. The Mets need to rebuild or re-sign their pitching staff. They have an owner who is willing to empty the checkbook. They won 101 games with Max and deGrom making just 34 starts. First baseman/third baseman Mark Vientos is one of the interesting young position players that they have. The Mets will have a lot to say about free agency and how much they spend this year.

14. Arizona Diamondbacks

It was fourth in the NL West.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The Diamondbacks could be fun to watch because of their young outfielder. Jake McCarthy had a surprise in the second half. McCarthy ranked in the 98th percentile in speed, while the other two were in the 95th percentile. The part-time outfielder/part-time catcher has elite defensive metrics, but isn't as fast as the other two. The group is going to chase down everything in the gaps and all of them are left-handed. The lowest batting average allowed by a starting pitcher was.186 by Verlander, and the lowest by a starting pitcher was................

In the second half, Arizona scored more than its opponents. I like the direction, especially if the D-backs can find some pitching depth with the likes of Drey Jameson and Ryne Nelson.

15. Baltimore Orioles

The record was 83-79 in the year 2022.

The final ranking of the year is 14.

The Baltimore Orioles had one of the most surprising, out-of-nowhere seasons in major league history. The Orioles are headed in the right direction: Adley Rutschman looks like a futureMVP candidate, Gunnar Henderson might not be far behind, and pitcher Grayson Rodriguez might be ready to help in 2023. I wonder if some of the pitching overachieved this season, especially the bullpen, which ranked 21st in strikeout rate and ninth in average pitcher's age. The rotation was just 21st in the majors in terms of average number of entrants per year. Let's hope the Orioles go into free agency.

16. San Francisco Giants

Third in the NL West.

The final ranking of the year is 15.

It wasn't enough for the Yankees and Padres to play. They lost the LCS, what are their priorities?

Judge is done in the Bronx.

Will the state sign a long-term agreement?

The Giants were going to lose a lot of games. Regression to.500 was predictable. It's probably a possibility. The offense went from second to seventh and the defense went from second to ninth. The Giants have cleared a lot of payroll, which will allow them to go after a couple of big pieces, most notably, Judge, who grew up a couple of hours from The Giants have the funds and need to sign Judge. The Giants may be the leading contender to sign him if he leaves the Yankees. Brandon Crawford is signed for one more year, unless they think Marco Luciano is going to replace him in 2024. They will need to replace Rodon in the rotation and there is a general concern about what was the second oldest lineup in the majors.

17. Chicago White Sox

The second-place finish in the AL Central was 81-81.

The final ranking was 16.

The disappointing season was caused by too many subpar performances on a roster that didn't have quality depth to survive a few injuries.

The good news is that four-fifths of the rotation returns with Dylan Cease, who went 14-8 with a 2.20 earned run average and 229 strikeouts. Lucas Giolito needs to figure out what went wrong after he averaged less than five starts per year. Yoan Moncada needs to bounce back and the lineup needs some left handed balance. The biggest problem might be the owner's lack of desire to win the World Series.

18. Chicago Cubs

The record was third in the NLCentral.

The final ranking is 22.

The Cubs are currently located in the wrong place. It's a good question. They had a plus-55 run differential against the Reds and the minus-129 against everyone else.

Is the Cubs going to spend money this year? It's anyone's guess. Are Steele and Thompson really that good? It's anyone's guess. Is Christopher Morel the guy we saw in the first half or the guy we saw in the second half? It's anyone's guess. Will the Cubs try to sign one of the free-agents or will they stay with Hoerner? It's anyone's guess. Who is going to be the catcher in 2023? It's anyone's guess.

The Cubs' payroll was about $65 million less than in the previous year. The estimated payroll going into the off-season is about $150 million, which is about $90 million less than last year. Let's find out how aggressive they are.

19. Kansas City Royals

The record was 65-97 in the year 2022.

The final ranking is 25.

There is reason to be optimistic about the Royals, mostly because of the young core of rookies that came up in 2022. The two guys can pick it in the center of the field.

J.J. Picollo is the new GM after Dayton Moore left. Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn need to play the kids full-time if they want to keep their jobs. This young lineup has the potential to do great things. Since the young starters struggled, the pitching is another issue. Picollo might be able to figure out the pitching part of things.

20. Los Angeles Angels

Third in the AL West.

The final ranking of the year is 20.

From Joe Maddon's bases- loaded intentional walk to Shohei Ohtani's all-around brilliance to Mike Trout's quiet monster season, it was a weird, sad season.

Forbes valued the franchise at more than $2 billion in March. It's not that he didn't spend money, although the Angels refused to ever go beyond the luxury tax, it's how badly he spent it. The Angels now have the longest playoff skid in the majors, and face the possibility of trading Ohtani this off-season. If the Angels don't make a trade at the deadline, they might have to assume Ohtani will leave for another team in four years.

21. Minnesota Twins

The record is third in the American League Central.

The final ranking of the year is 18.

They went 33-24 against the Royals and the other teams. The disappointing season was made worse by the fact that the weakALCentral was there for the taking. The team with the most home runs in a single season was seventh in the American League. The rotation was just 27th in the league, and the relief was not good enough to pick up the slack. Carlos Correa will leave the Twins after one year. Due to injury or performance, some of the top prospects have not taken off, and they could use a staff ace. The Twins haven't been in the top half of payroll in the past 10 years, so it would be nice if the Pohlad brothers increased their payroll.

22. Texas Rangers

In the A West, the record was fourth in the decade.

The final ranking of the year is 21.

After riding a No. 6 seed all the way to the World Series, Philly's run comes to an end with a Game 6 loss in Houston.

The playoffs have been dominated by BryceHarper.

It's better to be bold in Philadelphia.

The firing of long time executive Jon Daniels in August has made ownership impatient. The team had a 15-35 record in one-run games.

The expectation was that Texas would win now. We're going to see about that. Marcus Semien hit 59 home runs in his first season, even though he didn't hit his first until the 45th game. The Rangers are one of the favorites to land deGrom due to the fact that they still need starting pitching and that Martin Perez is going to free agency.

23. Boston Red Sox

The record is fifth in the American League East.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

With two last-place finishes sandwiched around a playoff trip, it's hard to know what to think of the Red Sox. The best player in the year is expected to opt out of his player option and become a free agent. Even though his arm strength is an issue, Boston can slide him over to the infield and possibly sign another free agent.

Their top two pitchers via WAR were Michael Wacha and John Schreiber, which isn't a path to success. 69 starts to figure out which of the three free agents is Wacha. The hope is that 30 of those will come from Chris Sale, who made just two starts in his career after suffering a stress fracture in his rib cage, a broken pinkie and a bicycle accident.

The Red Sox have money to spend, but this feels like a roster that is disorganized.

24. Miami Marlins

The record was 69-93, which was fourth in the NLEast.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

The last winning record for the team was in 2009. They have a poor record in the majors. There are signs of improvement. The Marlins have an average record of 64-98 since the beginning of the year. The plight of this franchise is summed up by the signings of the two free-agents, the fourth and sixth largest in franchise history. Two veterans combined for a negative WAR. In his first season as a starter, Rogers had a 5.47 earned run average, but he rebounded nicely in his second season. The outfielder hit.167. Two steps back and one step forward. Sandy is great.

25. Oakland Athletics

In the A West, the record was 60-106.

The final ranking was 29 in 1992.

Billy Beane had never before seen the A's lose so many games. The 1979 club lost more than 100 and averaged less than 4,000 fans per game. The 1979 A's had a player named Rickey Henderson. The A's had six players with at least 100 at-bats who hit under.200. I don't think it's a good idea. The starting rotation allowed more home runs than any other team in the American League. Lefties Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears were acquired from the Yankees and will be given shots in the rotation. The A's need them to develop into quality starters, but the franchise's inability to spend money will likely cause the offense to struggle again.

26. Pittsburgh Pirates

The record was tied for fourth in the NLCentral.

The final ranking of the year is 28.

It was the first back-to-back 100 loss seasons for the Pirates since 1954. Oneil Cruz, who displayed dazzling raw power, arm strength and speed, but also a terrifying strikeout rate and questionable range of defense, is the main reason for the hope in Pittsburgh. Is Bryan Reynolds going to be traded by the Pirates?

27. Colorado Rockies

In the NL West, the record was 69-94.

The final ranking in the year 2022.

"Our road record was abysmal, our defense was not what we are accustomed to, our situational hitting was disappointing, and our pitching was inconsistent," he wrote in a letter to fans. Excuses serve no purpose, and we are committed to improving this team for the next five years. The problem is that the Rockies don't realize they're not good and are just happy to have Kris Bryant. Imagine if they came up with a novel way to sign Judge. He should be allowed to hit 72 home runs at the field. Instead, it will be more of the same, followed by another apology from Monfort.

28. Cincinnati Reds

The record was tied for fourth in the NLCentral.

The final ranking of the year is 26.

The Dodgers and Braves are two of the World Series favorites that were upset over the weekend.

Another letdown in L.A.

The defending champ lost.

The best of October baseball was shown by LDS.

The start was the worst in the wild-card era. That's still not good. There were a lot of teams that didn't perform well. There is too much. For another discussion. The high point of the Reds' rebuild is that they made the playoffs during the 2020 season. Nick has top potential in the rotation. Brandon Drury was the best position player in the team's history. Bob Castellini is counting down the days until he can buy out Joey Votto and Mike Moustakas so he can run the lowest payroll in the league. Reds fans, enjoy.

29. Detroit Tigers

There was a 66-96 record in the year 2022.

The final ranking of the year is 27.

That was not nice. His 17 home runs were the most by a player. The lowest wrc+ in the majors was posted by the offense. The closer and the starting pitcher lost a lot of games for the tigers. Spencer Torkelson finished the season with a minus-1.3 WAR. Mize had surgery. The general manager was fired by the owner. It's difficult to find a positive thing to say here. Good luck to Scott Harris, who came over from the Giants.

30. Washington Nationals

In the NL East, the record was 55-110.

The final ranking of the year is 30.

This is one of the easiest calls to make. The Nationals had the worst record in the majors and are currently being sold. There is no reason to spend money on free agency for a big league roster that lacks frontline talent. They play in a strong division. James Wood and Robert Hassell III are intriguing outfielders who might get a look in 2023. The Nats are a good bet to lose 100 more times, because the top six picks in the draft are now done via lottery, so they're not guaranteed the top overall pick.