Yesterday was ripe with rankings and predictions and guarantees, and today is no different as Sports Illustrated released their rankings of all 30 teams entering Spring Training. While the Los Angeles Dodgers checked in just outside the top five yesterday for a few sites, they’re inside it today.
The people over at Sports Illustrated rated the Dodgers as the fourth best team in baseball going into camp. The only three teams listed as being better than them are the Houston Astros, New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs. So, the Dodgers were the highest rated National League West team.
Getting another big arm for the bullpen wouldn’t hurt, but there’s enough here to get the Dodgers to the trade deadline in playoff contention, at which point Friedman could flex a little of that financial might and talent depth to make a deal.
The big arm for the bullpen could come via organizational depth, which Keri later alludes to in the snippet above as being something the Dodgers could trade from in order to get a fix there. Either way, the team does appear set to win a fourth straight division title.
The San Francisco Giants were listed sixth, the Arizona Diamondbacks were 19th, the Colorado Rockies were 26th, and the San Diego Padres were 27th. As has been the case all offseason on these sorts of lists, the Padres and Rockies were near the bottom of the barrel in baseball.
It definitely is shaping up to be a Dodgers-Giants race to the top of the National League West, with the Diamondbacks mixed in there possibly. But be sure to give Keri’s wonderful article a read. As usual, he’s one of the best baseball writers out there right now.