2020 MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers Get Stronger With Mookie Betts

With Spring Training underway, we check in with the 2020 MLB Power Rankings. It was an eventful offseason with Gerrit Cole heading to New York, and Mookie Betts eventually being traded to Los Angeles with David Price. Anthony Rendon went out west, and the Reds made some impressive signings towards their offense.

los angeles dodgers1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2019 Record: 106-56

Adding Mookie Betts to the lineup and David Price to the bullpen adds to the Dodgers chances of winning the World Series this year. They are a tremendous mix of young and veteran talent.

houston astros2. Houston Astros

2019 Record: 107-55

The Astros have had one eventful offseason. Gerrit Cole is gone which will knock the rotation down a bit, but Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander still lead this team on the bump.

new york yankees3. New York Yankees

2019 Record: 103-59

Injuries have already started to hit the Yankees rotation with James Paxton and Luis Severino set to miss time. This is still a loaded offense and there is enough pitching for them to get by.

washington nationals4. Washington Nationals

2019 Record: 93-69

Coming off of a World Series winning year, the Nationals retained Stephen Strasburg, but saw Anthony Rendon. His production will be tough to replace, but the Nationals are still a well balanced team.

atlanta braves5. Atlanta Braves

2019 Record: 97-65

Atlanta signed Cole Hamels which is a small splash in this free agency. The Braves made another one year deal like last year, but this time with Marcel Ozuna.

tampa bay rays6. Tampa Bay Rays

2019 Record: 96-66

Tampa Bay does what Tampa Bay does best, put together a quality roster with the payroll they have and win ball games. The rotation and bullpen continues to be a strong point, and there are a lot of young guys on the horizon.

oakland athletics7. Oakland Athletics

2019 Record: 97-65

Oakland has some young arms coming up and that was a spot they needed to improve. This is a good offense with Matt Chapman and Matt Olsen, and should continue to improve.

minnesota twins8. Minnesota Twins

2019 Record: 101-61

The offense was excellent, and the Twins added to it with Josh Donaldson. Adding Kenta Maeda to their rotation is an upgrade, but overall this could be a weak spot in their roster.

phillies logo9. Philadelphia Phillies

2019 Record: 81-81

This lineup has real potential to make noise, as it did last season. However Rhys Hoskins needs to return to form, and Andrew McCutchen is returning from a major injury. They added Zack Wheeler to help the rotation, and should have a better season.

new york mets10. New York Mets

2019 Record: 86-76

One of the tougher divisions is the NL East, and the Mets will be in the thick of it. They have a deep rotation, and some underrated bats like J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario really hitting their stride.

chicago cubs11. Chicago Cubs

2019 Record: 84-78

Chicago still has a team to compete, but they have been nowhere at the level they were a few years ago. Yu Darvish had an excellent second half, but this rotation has some question marks with Jon Lester and Jose Quintana struggling at times.

cleveland indians12. Cleveland Indians

2019 Record: 93-69

Cleveland decided to hang onto Francisco Lindor, which is big for the offense. Adding Franmil Reyes is going to be a plus for power, and this offense looks decent. The rotation is already having durability issues, and would be a set back.

milwaukee brewers13. Milwaukee Brewers

2019 Record: 89-73

There has been some turnover in Milwaukee, but Keston Hiura is going to be a full time guy this year. They also added some names like Justin Smoak and Avisail Garcia. Milwaukee will have to mask over a rather weak rotation.

boston red14. Boston Red Sox

2019 Record: 84-78

Boston trading David Price and Mookie Betts has them dropping down the power rankings. This rotation is nowhere near where it needs to be to compete, even with Chris Sale. The offense is still solid, but any offense missing Betts is a downgrade.

cincinnati reds15. Cincinnati Reds

2019 Record: 75-87

The Reds are looking dangerous for being a 75 win team last season. This rotation has plenty of upside, and the power they have in their lineup should be taken lightly. Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos will enjoy Great American Ballpark.

arizona diamondbacks16. Arizona Diamondbacks

2019 Record: 85-77

Arizona continues to find themselves in a middling spot where they have a competitive team, but are not at that next level. They signed Madison Bumgarner, traded for Starling Marte and Zac Gallen.

st louis cardinals17. St. Louis Cardinals

2019 Record: 91-71

St. Louis over performed last season, and regression should set in, especially for the rotation and bullpen. There are a lot of question marks throughout this lineup right now.

san diego padres18. San Diego Padres

2019 Record: 70-92

San Diego has a bright future with Fernando Tatis and Chris Paddack leading the way, but have some veterans like Eric Hosmer, Tommy Pham, and Manny Machado. They should see a big increase in wins this year, especially with a strong bullpen.

los angeles angels19. Los Angeles Angels

2019 Record: 72-90

Looking at this  lineup, they have a potent offense. They didn’t make a big splash signing an arm, which they needed. Instead they created a rotation with a few names that needed a change of scenery. Will it work? Time will tell.

chicago white20. Chicago White Sox

2019 Record: 72-89

Chicago projects to have a very fun offense, especially with Luis Robert coming up. Adding names like Encarnacion, Mazara, and Grandal is also a plus. The rotation is starting to find some form, but they might be a year away from really seeing the rotation take things up a notch.

toronto blue jays21. Toronto Blue Jays

2019 Record: 67-95

It would not be a surprise to see Toronto finish third or even as high as second in the division. That is their ceiling with the group of young studs they have. They signed Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the rotation is still a work in progress.

texas rangers22. Texas Rangers

2019 Record: 78-84

Texas will try and welcome in a new ballpark with a strong team. The rotation is in much better shape then years prior. The offense is still a bit boom or bust, and will rely on the long ball.

colorado rockies23. Colorado Rockies

2019 Record: 71-91

Colorado stood pat this offseason, which did not please Nolan Arenado. This is the same group of guys as last year’s 71 win team. With the rest of the NL West improving, Colorado is stuck in the mud.

seattle mariners24. Seattle Mariners

2019 Record: 68-94

After a hot stretch to start the season, Seattle turned into the team we thought they would be. This is not a good ball club right now as they are trying to wheel and deal a lot of names.

san francisco giants25. San Francisco Giants

2019 Record: 77-85

San Francisco continues to hang onto older names, and the pitching took a hit with Bumgarner leaving. It is hard to see this group contending with the group they have.

miami marlins26. Miami Marlins

2019 Record: 57-105

For a positive, the Marlins starting rotation wasn’t that bad and offers some promising young arms. However the rest of the ball club needs a lot of work, and they don’t have the money to go spend.

kansas city royals27. Kansas City Royals

2019 Record: 59-103

While there are a few young and exciting pieces here, the Royals sold off most of their ball club and it has aided the AL Central in being one of the worst divisions in baseball.

pittsburgh pirates28. Pittsburgh Pirates

2019 Record: 69-93

Pittsburgh continues to make odd moves via trade and free agency, and it has shown in another below average season. The Pirates need a major overhaul, and ownership isn’t going to spend to do it.

detroit tigers29. Detroit Tigers

2019 Record: 47-114

Detroit has up and coming prospects which is the positive, but overall this team is in bad shape failing to win over 50 games last season. It is going to be another lost year for the Tigers.

baltimore orioles30. Baltimore Orioles

2019 Record: 54-108

Baltimore struggled as expected last season, and the farm system isn’t in great shape to offer a quick rebuild and to put out young talent. Pitching continues to be their weakest spot.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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