Fingers crossed that the 2021 MLB season will begin in time – and we’ll get to see some live baseball at the ballpark this year.
As we wait, Buster Olney completes his annual ranking of the 10 best players in the upcoming season in each season – based on input from industry evaluators – with a look at the complete squads. With more moves now, which team is currently at number 1 (and 2… and 3…)?
Many of baseball’s traditional rivals are sleepy. The Red Sox are retooling, and the Yankees, who are unsafe by Boston, have yet to make any offensive moves this winter. The Cubs are reducing payroll and trading their best starter, Yu Darvish, and the Cardinals’ most important decision was reducing Gold Glove’s second baseman Colton Wong’s option. The Giants are at least a few years away from challenging the Doggers. The Astros and Athletics are experiencing the departure of some of their best players – Oakland is set to lose Liam Hendrix, while George Springer appears certain to leave Astro.
In that vacuum, we now have the Dodgers and San Diego Padre, clubs that live in the same division, play 125 miles at the ballpark and have the best collection of talents – and here’s the bonus: when they field But at least, these two teams don’t like each other very much. The Dodgers have won the National League West in eight consecutive seasons and the Padres grabbing Darish and Blake Snell are taking direct targets in La San Diego, which the Dodgers possess.
A highly placed official said that on the second day, the Dodgers are clearly the best team in baseball, but the Padres are a close second. His games will be watchable in the coming year.
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