yzerman1
Every year ESPN, mainly Buster Olney, comes out with their Top Ten in the majors series. I like it in that it gives a national perspective of how teams appear to be doing heading into the season. There are only a few free agents left on the market that will alter these lists.

Top Lineups

1. Texas
2. Boston
3. Detroit
4. St. Louis
5. Los Angeles Angels
6. Oakland
7. Cleveland
8. Colorado
9. Kansas City
10. New York Yankees

Honorable Mention: Tampa Atlanta Washington

Top Rotations

1. Detroit
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Washington
4. St. Louis
5. Pittsburgh
6. Oakland
7. Texas
8. Atlanta
9. Cincinnati
10. Tampa(Until David Price gets traded)

Honorable Mention: Miami Boston Seattle

Mashiro Tanaka will represent a significant upgrade to whatever team signs him and will move that team up the list as well.

Top Bullpens

1. Atlanta
2. Oakland
3. Kansas City
4. Pittsburgh
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
6. St. Louis
7. Cincinnati
8. Arizona
9. San Francisco
10. Tampa

Honorable Mention: Texas Milwaukee Boston

Top Defenses

1. Baltimore
2. Kansas City
3. Atlanta
4. Arizona
5. Texas
6. Tampa
7. St. Louis
8. Colorado
9. Cincinnati
10. Pittsburgh

Honorable Mention: Milwaukee Detroit Oakland Washington


Top Teams

1. Detroit
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. St. Louis
4. Boston
5. Oakland
6. Texas
7. Atlanta
8. Washington
9. Kansas City
10. Pittsburgh
Honorable Mention: Tampa Cincinnati Arizona Cleveland Los Angeles Angeles
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formerwiacbaseballer
Can't believe the Cubs aren't found on ANY of those lists!!!!! [] [] [rotfl]

Thanks for sharing yzerman!!!!
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diener34
formerwiacbaseballer wrote:
Can't believe the Cubs aren't found on ANY of those lists!!!!! [] [] [rotfl]

Thanks for sharing yzerman!!!!


I got you Wiac...

Top 5 NL Central

1) Cardinals
2) Reds
3) Pirates
4) Brewers
5) Cubs

There, they not only made a list, but made top 5!
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yzerman1
The list of the top teams is out. With five Honorable Mention teams that makes 15 teams, and of course the Brewers were not on the list. Three Central teams made the list. The team with the second highest payroll in baseball, the Yankees, also failed to make the list as did Seattle even after signing Cano. Oakland, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh are all in the top ten so obviously small market teams can be very competitive if they can develop their own talent, something the Brewers have not be able to do lately. The last thing I take from this list is that Masahiro Tanaka is going to get a boat load of cash. The Yankees need him so badly that it wouldn't surprise me if his contract tops out around 150 million.
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roadkill1
yzerman1 wrote:
The list of the top teams is out. With five Honorable Mention teams that makes 15 teams, and of course the Brewers were not on the list. Three Central teams made the list. The team with the second highest payroll in baseball, the Yankees, also failed to make the list as did Seattle even after signing Cano. Oakland, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh are all in the top ten so obviously small market teams can be very competitive if they can develop their own talent, something the Brewers have not be able to do lately. The last thing I take from this list is that Masahiro Tanaka is going to get a boat load of cash. The Yankees need him so badly that it wouldn't surprise me if his contract tops out around 150 million.

This guy reminds me of Steve Nebraska!!!![afro]



RK
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formerwiacbaseballer
yzerman1 wrote:
The list of the top teams is out. With five Honorable Mention teams that makes 15 teams, and of course the Brewers were not on the list. Three Central teams made the list. The team with the second highest payroll in baseball, the Yankees, also failed to make the list as did Seattle even after signing Cano. Oakland, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh are all in the top ten so obviously small market teams can be very competitive if they can develop their own talent, something the Brewers have not be able to do lately. The last thing I take from this list is that Masahiro Tanaka is going to get a boat load of cash. The Yankees need him so badly that it wouldn't surprise me if his contract tops out around 150 million.

I have a funny feeling the Cubs are going to offer him a big contract as well.... Whether it will be enough to beat out other teams I'm not sure though.
"Let's Play Two!!!"

Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
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wlhssuperjake08
roadkill1 wrote:
yzerman1 wrote:
The list of the top teams is out. With five Honorable Mention teams that makes 15 teams, and of course the Brewers were not on the list. Three Central teams made the list. The team with the second highest payroll in baseball, the Yankees, also failed to make the list as did Seattle even after signing Cano. Oakland, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh are all in the top ten so obviously small market teams can be very competitive if they can develop their own talent, something the Brewers have not be able to do lately. The last thing I take from this list is that Masahiro Tanaka is going to get a boat load of cash. The Yankees need him so badly that it wouldn't surprise me if his contract tops out around 150 million.

This guy reminds me of Steve Nebraska!!!![afro]



RK


One has to wonder if he can switch hit as well! [afro]
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