View Full Version : Yahoo sports- rates the winter moves.

12-08-2006, 10:46 PM
What We've Learned
Every team is ranked in order of how their current roster looks (including Japanese players whose posting rights were won), along with an arrow indicating how the teams have fared this offseason.

1) Boston Red Sox (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/bos): Assuming they get Daisuke Matsuzaka that is some kind of rotation, and they'll find enough to fill out their bullpen.
2) New York Yankees (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/nyy/): Assuming they get Kei Igawa the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry could be hotter than ever.

3) Detroit Tigers (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/det): Gary Sheffield (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4268/) will look tremendous in the middle of that lineup.

4) Los Angeles Dodgers (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/lad): No power? No problem. The pitching is that good.
5) New York Mets (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/nym/): Hitting will keep them afloat until Pedro Martinez (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4875/) returns.
6) Chicago White Sox (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chw/): Brandon McCarthy (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7484/) should match Garcia's numbers, plus the White Sox got two young power arms.

7) Minnesota Twins (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/min/): Simply because Francisco Liriano (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7504/) isn't likely to pitch next season.

8) St. Louis Cardinals (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/stl/): Depending on how they fill out their rotation, this could jump back to even or, perhaps, up. So long as it doesn't include Braden Looper (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5966/).

9) Oakland A's (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/oak): Even if Mike Piazza (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4928/) does replace Frank Thomas (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4527/), who fills in for Barry Zito (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6394/)?

10) Cleveland Indians (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/cle/): More because they weren't nearly as bad as they showed last season (though the AL Central is quite the meatgrinder).

11) Philadelphia Phillies (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/): Adding Garcia and Adam Eaton (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6484/) to an already-good rotation makes them a legitimate threat to the Mets.

12) Los Angeles Angels (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/laa/): If only because replacing Maicer Izturis (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7420/)' bat with Gary Matthews' is an upgrade.

13) Chicago Cubs (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chc): Entering the offseason, they may have been 30th.
14) Toronto Blue Jays (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/tor/): The loss of Lilly, who proved he could pitch against the AL East, could force them to deal Vernon Wells (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6327/).

15) Atlanta Braves (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/atl/): If Mike Hampton (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/4994/) comes back healthy and Tim Hudson (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6245/) returns to form, watch out (in a good way). If not, watch out (in a bad one).

16) San Diego Padres (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/sdg/): Bringing in a 40-year-old pitcher doesn't offset losing a starting catcher, center fielder and trading a pre-arbitration second baseman.
17) Arizona Diamondbacks (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/ari/): Stephen Drew (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7560/), Carlos Quentin (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7485/), Miguel Montero (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7865/) and others could make this a scary team in two or three years.
18) Florida Marlins (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/fla/): Rocco Baldelli (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7025/) would look very nice in this lineup.
19) Colorado Rockies (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/col/): If their pitching keeps improving, the Rockies could make a run at second place.
20) Texas Rangers (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/tex/): With a rotation that includes Zito, they would jump at least four spots.
21) Milwaukee Brewers (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/mil/): From darkhorse to disappointment, the Brewers have done little to improve.

22) Houston Astros (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/hou/): No matter the offense Carlos Lee (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6161/) provides, the pitching suffers mightily without Roger Clemens (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/3340/) and, in all likelihood, Andy Pettitte (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5331/).

23) Seattle Mariners (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/sea/): Even in a weak division, this team needs a bundle of pieces and parts.
24) Pittsburgh Pirates (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/pit/): Doing nothing is not the answer.
25) Baltimore Orioles (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/bal/): Spending $41 million on middle relief really isn't the answer.

26) San Francisco Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/sfo): The Giants do not contribute to half their players' Social Security taxes because they're already collecting.
27) Cincinnati Reds (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/cin/): So how, exactly, did this team win 80 games last season?

28) Tampa Bay Devil Rays (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/tam/): Still. No. Pitching.

29) Kansas City Royals (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/kan): Meche will make them better. Just not $55 million better.

30) Washington Nationals (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/was/): They're starting to look more and more like the Expos.

12-09-2006, 01:31 AM
Am I the only one unimpressed by Boston's rotation? I think that team could end up a mess next year.

12-09-2006, 10:27 AM
Am I the only one unimpressed by Boston's rotation? I think that team could end up a mess next year.

Me too. It's very very overrated. They may not get Matsuzaka with the way negotiations are playing out. I think the Mets may slide a little bit as well, because the Braves and Phillies have gotten significantly better this offseason, shoring up sp/bullpen issues.