The MLB Power Rankings keep changing thanks to free agency and trades.
There’s no action on the field right now but the MLB Power Rankings for all 30 teams continue to change thanks to free agency. MLB’s winter meetings are now in the rearview mirror. Several major dominoes have fallen and more are yet to come.
Free agency gives teams the best opportunity to improve or deteriorate without having to give anything other than money. While several trades can be expected before Opening Day, the key to moving up the MLB rankings is free agency.
Based on what has already happened and what may still happen, here is how several teams have been affected in the MLB Power Rankings.
1) MLB Power Rankings: The impact of signing Xander Bogaerts on the Padres and Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts’ move from the Boston Red Sox to the San Diego Padres was arguably one of the most defining events in MLB Power Ranking. The situation for the Red Sox has worsened considerably. The Padres have acquired an additional piece to continue building an elite team.
The Padres appeared to be the losers of the Winter Meetings until Bogaerts was acquired. They had already lost the sweepstakes for Trea Turner and Aaron Judge. They had to walk away with at least one major addition. This is Bogaerts.
By signing him, the Padres went from 11th or 12th place to the 8th or 9th best team in baseball right now. Let’s not forget how far they’ve come in the past year. They lost very little and added something huge.
Meanwhile, the exact opposite effect took place for Boston. They lost several important players in free agency. Bogaerts is no longer on the table for them. Now that we can eliminate him as a possible shortstop for the Red Sox next year, their place in the MLB Power Rankings drops from around 16 or 17 to the dreaded 20.
The Red Sox seem to be in the bottom third of the league right now. Anything that isn’t Carlos Correa’s signature might keep them there.
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