With Spring Training about to open its glorious and wondrous doors to people all over, Yahoo! Sports released their Spring Training Power Rankings today. And, by doing, so, they let people see just where they have certain teams rated before the season begins which allows us to see where the Los Angeles Dodgers were rated.
To start it off, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports had the Chicago Cubs, who are probably the “team to beat” in baseball right now, in the top spot in the rankings. That’s fair. We all should have expected that to be the case. The shocking thing should be that the top four teams were from the National League.
However, none of those top four teams were the Boys In Blue. From Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports:
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70; Previous: 7) – For the first offseason in a while, they do not appear to have traded away an immediate All Star and batting champion. So, that.
Well, that’s one way to look at it, I guess. Last season, the Dodgers traded away Dee Gordon. He would have helped last season, and presumably for upcoming seasons, but the team didn’t want to start to have to deal with the extension he inevitably was going to be in line for. So it made some sense.
While the Dodgers have done a lot of floating around and deal making on the periphery, they do seem poised for a good season, and sixth on the power rankings does seem fair to start the season. The five teams above them all probably deserve to be overlooking the Dodgers from above.
Those five teams were the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, and Boston Red Sox. The San Francisco Giants were rated 8th and the Arizona Diamondbacks were 12th. The San Diego Padres (25th) and Colorado Rockies (28th) were bringing up the rear.